The Southbank Centre is transformed into an urban garden for a three-month festival this summer, celebrating neighbourhoods, communities and exploring what makes a good neighbourhood and what it means to live side by side.
The 21-acre site is complete with fruit trees, allotments, a greenhouse, large scale murals and topiary-like figures. It also has an urban beach with a neighbourhood twist, local pub, fruit and veg stalls and weekly markets.
See an exhibition dedicated to the local community of Lambeth. Plus you can visit the imaginary neighbourhood of Beanotown, home of comic character Dennis the Menace.
The festival has a wide-ranging programme of themed weekends, performances and talks. Highlights include:
• London Literature Festival
• London Wonderground
• The Alternative Guide to the Universe at the Hayward Gallery
• Yoko Ono’s Meltdown
For the grand finale thousands of people will be invited to collectively sing a response to Bob and Roberta Smith’s 42 flags on Royal Festival Hall roof, which ask various questions of the public.
Venue Details & Map
Belvedere RoadLondonSE1 8XX
- 0844 847 9910
- Public transport:
- Underground and Rail Stations: Waterloo, Embankment, Charing Cross, Waterloo East. Buses stop on Waterloo Bridge, on York Road, on Belvedere Road and on Stamford Street.