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Southbank Centre announces guest curators for Summer Reunion weekends.

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4 July 2021 to 29 August 2021

The Southbank Centre has announced that for the first time ever, nine guest curators will programme artistic activity on the outdoor Riverside Stage across weekends from July 4th to August 29th as part of the Summer Reunion programme. This will be completely free to the public.

The opening weekend of Summer Reunion, 25th – 27th June, will bring together the Sounthbank Centre’s long-term partners and collaborators including Kinetika Bloco and Tomorrow's Warriors. A party with Just Vibez opens the weekend with DJ, MC’s and dancers to celebrate Windrush Day and the rich culture of the Caribbean.

The curatorial artists come from a range of artistic backgrounds – from theatre, music, comedy, dance and spoken word. They are Anoushka Shankar (2nd – 4th July), Dennis Bovell (16th – 18th July), Scottee (9th – 11th July), Nish Kumar (23rd – 25th July), Jess Thom (30th July – 1st August), Amrou Al-Kadhi (6th – 8th August), Nubya Garcia (13th – 15th August), ZooNation’s Jade Hackett in collaboration with DJ Walde (20th – 22nd August) and Shingai (27th – 29th August). Each weekend programme will be formed based on each curators own artistic vision as the Riverside Stage becomes their very own platform.

Ruth Hardie, Senior Producer, the Southbank Centre, said: “This past year has been painful for all of us, and the arts sector has particularly felt the effects of the pandemic. We've missed being able to bring people together to connect through shared experiences and missed our site feeling alive and animated by artists. That's why we felt it important that this summer on the Riverside Stage we open with a special weekend that celebrates the Southbank Centre’s long-term partners and collaborators who we've missed so much, and then that we hand over directly to artists themselves to curate their own weekend programmes. Each weekend will be totally unique as artists share with us what they want to say at this collective moment of reunion. It will be a true celebration of the artists and communities we've missed, with moments of joy and reflection that reunite us all.”
The Riverside Stage programme is free and unticketed. Attendance will be on a first come first served basis.