Festival of Neighbourhood Finale at The Southbank Centre
All Summer the wonderful Southbank Centre has been running a Festival of Neighbourhood, crammed to the hilt and teeming with events, performances and workshops all linked by the theme of neighbourhood, bringing the folk and communities of London closer together. Choirs, bake sales, crafting, gardening, country dancing- you name it. The Southbank Centre is such a beacon in the Arts world, celebrating what it is to be human and express oneself through art and community at all times, with so much of what they do being offered for free. If you haven’t been to check it out in a while, I urge you to make the most of all that that have on offer! Bringing some 300 peoples together to perform at the weekend felt like a wonderful way to close the Summer celebrations. What ensued was a mixture of the following:
School uniforms, bowler hats, yellow brollies, The Beatles, Shakespeare set to 70s grooves, a punk-wizard-pied-piped (the wonderful Matthew Sharp), getting soaked in the Disappearing Rooms fountains, body percussion, questions, Eric Whitacre, old Scottish folk songs, throwing Holi paint at each other, cellos, bands, Bernstein, Bob Marley, jellyfish and the most interchangeable weather to truly represent the entire British Summer.
It was a bloody great day, I came out beaming and laughing. Here’s some snaps for a flavour of the madness. Summer, I have j’adored. Autumn- you’ve got a lot to live up to.
Hope you all had bitching summers.