Spend Election Night at Southbank Centre, we’ve three great thought-provoking events to enjoy after you’ve cast your vote. Then as the first results start to come in join us in the Queen Elizabeth Hall for coverage and analysis as Britain’s next government is decided.
Election Night Events
REwind: A Cantata for Voice, Tape & Testimony
Royal Festival Hall
REwind – A Cantata for Voice, Tape & Testimony combines vocal soloists, chorus, and string octet with stunning projected images to celebrate the human spirit in South Africa that rose above the horror and evil of the deeds that were committed in the name of Apartheid.
Composer Philip Miller has endeavored to express in music the South African spirit as it manifested itself during the Truth and Reconciliation Commission hearings that began in East London, South Africa in 1996. The songs in REwind, which mix operatic and traditional South African styles, are built around actual testimonies and weave recorded audio samples from the hearings into the music.
A Meeting Place
Queen Elizabeth Hall
The centrepiece of 5 days in May a landmark exploration of new Dance as Southbank Centre embarks on a a new era of Dance programming.
The evening began as an invitation to eight wonderful artists – Lea Anderson, Siobhan Davies, Gauri Sharma Tripathi, and Stine Nilsen and Pedro Machado from Candoco Dance Company (all UK-based), as well as Thomas Lehmen (Germany), Boris Charmatz (France) and Eszter Salamon (Hungary) – initially asking them to respond creatively to the following questions. What is most important in your dance practice right now? What do you see happening in the UK and on the international dance and performance scene?
The evening now includes some or all of the following – a manifesto, a swing, a sci-fi opera, extracts from Siobhan Davies new work with Andrea Buckley and Charlie Morrissey, and a taste of Thomas Lehmen’s new work Schrottplatz. The evening will also include interruptions and interventions between the artists themselves, and may even require a little interaction with you, the audience.
Philip Blond – Election Night Special
Level 5 Function Room
Phillip Blond talks about his controversial book Red Tory and the direction of a new politics. Joining him on election night are broadcaster and entrepreneur Julia Hobsbawm, founder of media networking business Editorial Intelligence and Martin Bright, political commentator and political editor of The Jewish Chronicle. Share your opinions on the future of progressive politics on the site where New Labour celebrated victory in 1997.
Election Coverage at Southbank Centre
After the evening’s events watch the election results live, join in discussion and debate with leading commentators, comics and political experts in an informal ‘open salon’ in the foyer of Queen Elizabeth Hall. Featuring big-screen live TV and Twitter feeds, a late bar, reactions, gossip and more, with Martin Bright and guests. Whatever the election result, join us for what promises to be a stimulating evening.