Southbank Centre Welcomes Audiences Back With Summer Reunion Programme

Southbank Centre Welcomes Audiences Back With Summer Reunion Programme

The Southbank Centre today announces a four-month reopening programme, Summer Reunion – providing opportunities for people to reconnect, reunite and enjoy a colourful, joyful celebration of art, culture and entertainment.

The packed programme features ballet, classical music, contemporary music, literature, poetry and visual art. The reopening of the Southbank Centre and Summer Reunion programme is made possible thanks to the repayable loan from the government’s Culture Recovery Fund.

On 30 April the popular weekly street food market returns, alongside riverside pop-ups. The Hayward Gallery welcomes visitors back on Wednesday 19 May with free weekend entertainment outside the Royal Festival Hall from Friday 21 – 23 May. The Royal Festival Hall will reopen on Friday 28 May with socially-distanced performances in line with government guidance. The National Poetry Library will also open on 28 May while the popular Queen Elizabeth Hall Roof Garden is also set to open this summer.


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Summer Wheat’s new Waterfalls instillation in Charlotte NC


Artist Summer Wheat works on “Waterfalls,” was installed in January at 650 S. Tryon St., part of Lincoln Harris’ Legacy Union mixed-use development. Equal parts painting, sculpture and textile, the artwork stands nearly 21 feet tall. It’s an ode to North Carolina’s history of makers and celebrates that state’s female creators.

Brian Twitty Photography

The commission that Charlotte real estate developer Lincoln Harris gave to New York artist Summer Wheat wasn’t related to COVID-19. But because she worked on it during the lockdown of 2020, the pandemic seeped into her work.

The brilliant-hued “Waterfalls” — part painting and part sculpture — covers two walls in the central lobby of Legacy Union’s 650 S. Tryon St. building, an 18-story tower anchored by Deloitte’s Charlotte headquarters.

“This painting was made from a drawing I did over the summer next to a waterfall in Woodstock, New York,” she said. “I found this beautiful

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Questlove’s ‘Summer of Soul’ Takes Top Documentary Prizes at Sundance

“Summer of Soul” took both the audience prize & grand jury prize in the U.S. documentary section.

CODA has won the top award at the Sundance Film Festival, taking this year’s U.S. Grand Jury prize, while Questlove’s Summer of Soul won both the audience and grand jury prize in the U.S. documentary section.

CODA, which made headlines earlier in the fest for its record-breaking $25 million sale to Apple, took the dramatic audience award with Sian Heder taking the directing award for U.S. dramatic competition. “I hope that this opened the door to people getting that audiences want to see these kinds of stories,” said Heder of the title, which centers on a hearing teenage girl that is a child of deaf adults. “I hope that this means that more stories that center on deaf characters and characters with disability get put front and center.”

“I really wish there

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What to Read This Summer: A Symposium

Editor’s Note: Your plans may look different this year, but whether you’re vacationing or holed up at home, good books are equally necessary. We asked some well-read colleagues and contributors for their recommendations.

Richard Brookhiser
In my rural Elba I find it easiest to read old novels online. Stimulated by memories of the 1968 movie starring Julie Christie, I read Thomas Hardy’s Far from the Madding Crowd. It does not disappoint. The four main characters — Bathsheba Everdene and her three lovers, shepherd Gabriel Oak, farmer William Boldwood, and Sergeant Francis Troy — are sharply drawn, time and place lyrically evoked. Maugham complained of Hardy’s rustics. They do run on, but that’s what people in small worlds do. Rare for Hardy, there is only one character, Fanny Robin, mother of Troy’s child, who is an authorial punching bag; and there is even a happy ending.

The new book

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