Community projects

We have strong relationships with a number of community-focused arts and youth organisations, several of which have residencies at Southbank Centre.

Access to the arts

We passionately believe the arts have the power to transform lives and that they must be available to everyone. Learning and participation is at the heart of all Southbank Centre activities, and we endeavour to create a sense of community in everything we do.

Organisations we work with

We have relationships with a number of community and arts organisations.

SE1 Utd

SE1 United is a youth-led organisation supporting young people in South London. It has at its core youth programming for young people.

SE1 United currently run mentoring, leadership academy and entry into arts industry programmes at Southbank Centre. Through the young people's experiences here at Southbank Centre, the culture collective has been formed. A group of dynamic artists who also meet here and review and discuss and program cultural events.

Tomorrow’s Warriors

Tomorrow’s Warriors is a music education/professional development organisation working with some of the most exciting jazz artists in the UK. The organisation, whose young artist programme and female collective is based at Southbank Centre, has a special focus on musicians from the African diaspora and on female performers.

Kinetika Bloco

Kinetika Bloco engages young people from South London in long-term creative activity which advances their education, skills, and capacity. Southbank Centre has worked with Kinetika Bloco for years hosting their annual summer school, providing space and facilities for over 100 young people to come together and play brass, woodwind, drum and dance for two weeks. Also at Southbank Centre are Bloco leadership and skill sessions where smaller groups of musicians and dancers meet to progress their work together.

National Youth Orchestra

NYO is a national platform for Britain's brightest and best teenage musicians to come together to create performances that astound and inspire.

Zoo Nation Youth

ZooNation Youth Company (ZYC) was founded in 2006 and is comprised of some of the best young hip-hop dancers in the UK.

QEH Roof Gardeners

The Queen Elizabeth Hall Roof Garden was established in 2011 as part of our celebrations for the 60th anniversary of the Festival of Britain. It was built by volunteers from Grounded Ecotherapy, a recovery group for adults who have experienced homelessness and mental health issues.

The space offers wildflowers and vegetable boxes, and is maintained by the volunteers and open to the public April to September. As a free public space, the Roof Garden is a perfect spot for a wide variety of workshops and courses for schools and community groups. 

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