Take to the floor with free social dances this Christmas

Strictly Come Dancing may have finished in a shower of sequins for another year, but that needn’t be the end of the dancing. Do you fancy yourself as the next Stacey Dooley? Or even just an enthusiastic John Sergeant? If you’ve always wanted to try your hand (or feet) at dancing, but have never quite found the courage, our regular fun free social dances offer the perfect environment for anyone to give it a go.

Welcoming and inclusive to anyone of any age and any ability - from beginners to those who like to show off a bit - our social dances have even been known to tempt straight-laced newsreaders onto the dancefloor.

Yes. Yes, that is Channel 4 News’ Jon Snow. 

Anyway, a particular seasonal favourite, our winter programme of social dances offer you the opportunity to tread the boards and have a go, throughout the Christmas holidays. Come and join us in The Clore Ballroom, Royal Festival Hall for any of the events below; you’ll be more than welcome.

 

Christmas Eve | 1pm

Five Go Jiving

Bandleader John Bayley, along with a glittering line-up of musicians, presents a festive mix of jive, jazz, jump, dancing and humour. And if you’d like to learn the basics before the band starts, there’s a free class from 12 noon courtesy of SwingDance UK.

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Boxing Day | 4pm

Strictly Winter Ballroom

A chance to put all you’ve learned from Strictly into practice from 4pm through to 7pm, with live music from The Ross Mitchell Ensemble and Christmas classics from DJ Nick Miles. And if you’re a complete beginner you can get into step with a free ballroom basics class beforehand at 3pm.

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Couples dancing the tango
Thursday 27 December | 2pm

Tango Time!

Dance away the Christmas excess by joining us for a packed afternoon of Argentine tango featuring gender-blind lessons, special performances, and opportunities to strut your own stuff until 7pm. No partner, nor any experience needed, just your own enthusiasm.

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“Tango on the Thames has a long history of enjoyable Christmas tango events at Southbank Centre; this year we’re delighted to be running it with colleagues from Queer Tango London. As well as a gender-blind beginners class, there will also be classes for improvers and intermediate dancers. We've tango music from Argentinian DJ Diego Doigneau, and live music led by the amazing bandoneon player Alfredo Martín Espindola. What’s not to like?”

Peng Newman of Tango on the Thames

New Year's Day | 1pm

New Year's Ceilidh

Welcome in the New Year with a traditional ceilidh, featuring British folk music and dance, and a sprinkling of theatrics. To live music from the Ceilidh Liberation Front, our caller will lead you through the moves in this afternoon of social dance.

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“This will be the fifth year Ceilidh Liberation Front has played a New Year's Day ceilidh at the Southbank Centre. The way that audiences have grown year on year to join us welcoming in the new year with music and dance is a real joy to behold.”

Thom Ashworth, Ceilidh Liberation Front

If you can’t join us over the holidays don’t worry, our social dances are for life, not just for Christmas. Take a look at future free social dance events at Southbank Centre.

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Free things to do this Christmas at Southbank Centre

Looking for fun things to do in London for free this Christmas? At Southbank Centre we can help you with that. 

With so much going on we’ve written this post to highlight a few of the events this winter that will cost you absolutely nothing to attend and will make the world seem like a better place. So get your diary, some coloured markers, a cup of tea and a mince pie, and start planning your winter. We've got free fun for all ages and abilities at Southbank Centre this Christmas.

Choirs & singalongs

 

Monday 4 – Friday 22 December

Expect the unexpected with pop-up Wintertime Choirs

Every evening at 6.30pm in the run up to Christmas there’s a free choral performance popping up somewhere on site. Expect everything from gospel to pop, and seasonal songs from choirs in all styles. Feel free to join in. After all, everyone is happy when they sing.

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Tuesday 12 December

Joyful juniors present Southwark Winter Splash

Few things are as joy inducing as children singing, so we’re confident this will put a big, big grin on your face. Over 250 children from Southwark primary schools bring you a high-energy show featuring seasonal songs old and new.

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Thursday 14 December

Lewisham children herald the Turning of the Year

More joyful children’s singing, this time drawn from Lewisham school students, as they mark the end of 2017 and the arrival of the new year. Expect festive songs delivered in a very lively manner, leaving you in a Christmassy mood.

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Monday 18 December

Raise your voices at the Heart n Soul Singalong

The perennially fabulous Heart n Soul are always a hit with Southbank Centre audiences. At this event, they want you to join in with their performance of pop classics, with a healthy dose of cheesiness. Verve is more important than vocal mastery, and all are very much welcome at this inclusive event.

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Music & performance

 

Friday 10 & Thursday 21 December

See the stars of the future with Tomorrow’s Warriors

Tomorrow’s Warriors mark their 25th anniversary with events including a jam with current and former students and a performance of Duke Ellington’s Nutcracker Suite on Friday 10 December. If you love what you see then come back for another free performance on Thursday 21 December where the Tomorrow’s Warriors House Band perform with the wonderful Floetic Lara.

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Witness the extraordinary with Ice Music

Iceconcert live on TV - 2012.Terje Isungset & Mari Kvien Brunvoll

Friday 15 December

This isn’t music inspired by ice, it’s music played with ice. Beautiful contemporary music composed and performed by Terje Isungset on instruments made out of solid blocks of ice. Watch one of his earlier performances (above) for an idea of what to expect, and don’t miss what is sure to be a breathtaking performance.

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Families

 

Thursday 21 December

Join the all-ages fun of Rave-A-Roo

Rave-A-Roo Wintertime creates a chill club vibe for everyone from babies to grandparents and beyond. You relive your raving days with old skool tracks while the kids bop away to their favourite chart toppers. Come along and join the hoopla!

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Saturday 23 December

Crafting with the whole family at Nordic Wintertime

Drop in between 11.30am and 3pm for crafts, storytelling and other activities with a Scandinavian influence. Perfect for families – come along and make a mess and let us do the cleaning up!

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Social dances

 

Sunday 24 December

Get your dance on at Five Go Jiving

Live music, spectacular dancing, jiving and jumping and plenty of laughs with bandleader extraordinaire John Bayley. Can’t dance? Come along anyway and prove yourself wrong! All ages and abilities welcome as we send you off into Christmas with a smile.

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Tuesday 26 December

Live out your foxtrot dreams at Strictly Winter Ballroom

The presents are unwrapped, Strictly Come Dancing is over for another year, but we’ll give you a reason to be cheerful – our popular Boxing day event is back! Expect live music, demonstrations, workshops and social dancing, and the chance to join in even if you’ve never danced before.

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Wednesday 27 December

Learn to lindy hop at Swing, Hop and Shuffle

We’ll get you a-hoppin’ and a-boppin’ in no time at this fun social dance, where you can learn some steps, hear live music and terrific recordings, and maybe even witness – or get involved in – a dance off. Fancy dress is encouraged!

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Thursday 28 December

It only takes one at our Tango Workshop & social dance

Yes, it’s true! No need to bring a partner, and beginners are welcome at our free tango workshops. We’ll show you all the steps you need to know, give you time to practise them, and get you ready to join in our social dance at 3pm where you can  expect tango performances, DJs and live music.

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that’s not all!

This blog post highlights just some of the free events to keep you entertained during winter, but you can find a full list by searching the ‘free’ events in our What’s On section.

How has WOW inspired you to make a change?

Has Women of the World inspired you to make a change? We want to hear your story!

WOW has been a catalyst for so much change, from the founding of the UK's Women's Equality Party to countless campaigns including UK Supports Yazidi Women and Girls, and Little Acts of Revolution.

There are stories of new businesses, plays and ideas being born at WOW that have changed the lives of women and girls across five continents, not to mention even more personal eureka moments and turning points in people's lives.

Share your story with us

We would love to hear how WOW has inspired you to make change, big or small. Can you tell us your story of change, so that we can tell ours?

Send your story to us today, via email on the link below.

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Please note that submitted stories, and extracts from them, may be used by Southbank Centre, or WOW, to help support and, or promote future WOW events. By submitting your story you are giving permission for it to be used in this way.

Read Jessica's story

Not sure what we're looking for? Take a read of Jessica's story of how involvement in WOW inspired her to set up the charity Girls Rock London.

What the Queen Elizabeth Hall Roof Garden means to its volunteer gardeners

Meet Pluto, one of the many volunteer gardeners who, with Providence Row and Grounded Ecotherapy, maintain our Queen Elizabeth Hall Roof Garden.

Created in 2011 to celebrate the 60th anniversary of the Festival of Britain, the Roof Garden, Queen Elizabeth Hall has, since its inception, been looked after by volunteers who have previously experienced homelessness, addiction or mental health problems.

The volunteering programme aims to provide support and opportunities for both personal and professional development, and is coordinated by Providence Row, a London homeless charity, and Grounded Ecotherapy, who provide therapy through horticulture for people who have lived through addiction or homelessness.

Pluto has been volunteering in our garden since the summer of 2016, after being introduced to the programme by a friend who works for Providence Row. He kindly took a break during a busy week of planting to talk to us about the impact the Roof Garden, Queen Elizabeth has had on his life.

Volunteer gardeners - container steps

What prompted you to start working in Queen Elizabeth Hall Roof Garden?

I started last summer. I suffer from depression, and during last year I had about five people that I was really close to pass away, so I needed to get out the house and stop staring at the walls.

And does gardening help?

Oh yeah it’s great, and you get your hands dirty. I’ve been feeling better because I get the chance to come down here and do some gardening. If I haven’t got appointments, then I’m up at eight o’clock in the morning and I’m raring to go.

How would you describe Roof Garden, Queen Elizabeth Hall to someone who didn’t know anything about it?

The garden is very therapeutic. There are a lot of plants, a lot of birds, like that one there. [Pluto points to a bird on a nearby branch] She’s back again, she’s singing to us. She has a nest just up there.

Finished flower bed on the Southbank Centre container steps

Do you have a favourite part of the garden that you’ve worked on?

Well I’m doing the planting on the container stairs, that lead down to Southbank Centre Square, at the moment. I did all the planting yesterday. As soon as I planted the purple, yellow and red flowers, the bees came and pollinated the flowers and it was like, ‘wow, brilliant.’

Does volunteering here give you a sense of achievement?

Yes it does. It’s really fulfilling, in knowing that you’ve done something for the environment and it makes the place look good. I’ve made some good friends too, and I’m learning a few things as well.

Do you feel that volunteering here in the garden can help you in the future?

The skills I’ve gained in the garden will help me to get up and get out early in the morning. And the experience I get here is helping to keep my mind occupied too.

The Roof Garden, Queen Elizabeth Hall is open throughout the summer from 10am to 10pm daily.

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Your donations help Pluto and his fellow volunteers to keep getting up early in the morning, getting their fingers dirty, and keep our garden looking beautiful.

Joint fundraiser for iconic skateboarding spot and children and young people’s hub launched

Southbank Centre and Long Live Southbank (LLSB) have announced the launch of a £790,000 joint crowdfunding campaign to raise funds to restore Queen Elizabeth Hall’s Undercroft space at Southbank Centre.

The vibrant development will include a new space for children and young people to engage in learning and creative activities, organised by Southbank Centre, and a new space for skateboarding, graffiti and other free creative pursuits.

The development will extend the existing skate space, with improvements to lighting as well as a restoration of original 1960s banks and concrete paving. It will also create a new learning and education hub for children and young people, a go-to place for young people looking for opportunities in the arts and creative industries. This hub will host interactive new learning and participation events and programmes that will welcome hundreds of school-children and local people to creative projects every day. 

We want to create something with great positivity, both for our city’s cultural heritage and the prospects of generations to come. If we all come together collectively to support this, a bright future for a space of worldwide importance can be realised.'
Louis Woodhead, Long Live Southbank

The crowdfunding campaign is set to feature a host of special events and collaborations and seeks to raise money from supporters - including the international skateboarding community, general public, businesses and philanthropists - ready for the opening of the space in early 2018. This collaboration will benefit local residents and wider communities, including visitors to London, as well as boosting London’s cultural landscape as a whole.

To support the campaign and read more please visit www.llsbdonate.com

The Undercroft at the Southbank Centre has become a very significant place for the local and global skateboarding community. We wish them every success in their fundraising campaign.
Duncan Wilson, Chief Executive of Historic England

The Undercroft is the longest continually used skateboarding spot in the world, having been discovered in 1973 by some of the UK’s first skateboarders. It’s been thirteen years since the space due to be restored was last skated, but it has always retained historical importance to skateboarders, with its original architecture and layout the scene of a number of tricks that have gone down in skateboarding history.

Continually used by young people including skateboarders, BMXers, graffiti writers, street artists, filmmakers and photographers, The Undercroft has become a world famous tourist destination, attracting thousands of visitors from across the globe.

Southbank is one of the most important skateboarding spots in the world, and this section has gained a legendary status. Restoring it would bring a big range of opportunities for generations to come.
Chewy Cannon, Professional Skateboarder, Long Live Southbank

The project  has already seen the support of legendary skateboarders Mark ‘Gonz’ Gonzales and Tony Hawk, with Hawk saying, ‘Southbank is an iconic skate area, and can be beneficial in the development of skateboarding worldwide. I support this restoration so that future generations have access to a globally important creative space in the heart of London.’

Elaine Bedell, Southbank Centre Chief Executive, said of the joint campaign, ‘This development sees an important new offering for the various communities that regard Southbank Centre as their home. We’re delighted that our recent friendly collaboration with LLSB has led to the creation of this joint proposal which will allow us to create a new dynamic, fully accessible space for educational learning and participation for children, young people and local community groups whilst maintaining and expanding access to the space that is clearly much treasured by London’s skateboarding community.’

You can help our Queen Elizabeth Roof Garden grow

The fabulous Queen Elizabeth Roof Garden is now open for the summer, but it needs your support.

A true oasis at the heart of London, Queen Elizabeth Hall Roof Garden boasts riverside views, allotments, fruit trees and a wildflower meadow. It’s a truly unique space for our visitors to enjoy special events and performances, or simply to unwind.

Come and clay

But the Roof Garden, which was designed by the Eden Project in 2011, also has a deeper significance. As well as helping local communities, families and school children learn about gardening, the Roof Garden is maintained by volunteers from Grounded Ecotherapy, each of whom have experienced homelessness and mental health or substance abuse problems.

I come up here because it takes the problems I’ve got out of my mind for a little while, because I’ve got this to think about instead.
Graham, volunteer

Many of these volunteers often start out with no gardening experience, but looking after this space at Queen Elizabeth Hall has enabled them to develop both their skills and their horticultural knowledge. It’s an opportunity that can be truly empowering, and give many of our volunteers a real confidence boost. In the past three years, 10 of our gardeners have gone on to further employment.

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Being able to be focused on this and learn something I enjoy doing has saved my life. It has saved my relationship with my family; it has done me the world of good.
Paul, Head Gardener

Help the garden flourish

You can support Paul and our other volunteers, and help keep this free public space open and thriving for everyone to enjoy this year by making a donation.

A £5 donation could buy one of these items:

  • Three packs of vegetable seeds
  • A bag of peat-free compost
  • Two plants or herbs
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Give your support with a £5 donation, by texting GROW03 £5 to 70070.

Or, make a donation of your choosing online.

 

Refugee Week

Benjamin Zephaniah curates We Are All Human

Benjamin Zephaniah curates We Are All Human, the annual Koestler Awards exhibition at Southbank Centre. 

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The annual Koestler Awards exhibition returns to Southbank Centre’s Royal Festival Hall in September for the ninth year running.The exhibition is the Koestler Trusts annual UK showcase of arts created by prisoners, offenders on community sentences, secure psychiatric patients and immigration detainees. The annual awards scheme is run by the Koestler Trust, the UK’s best­ known prison arts charity and is part of an ongoing partnership between the Koestler Trust and Southbank Centre.

This year’s exhibition, We Are All Human (15 September­13 November 2016) is curated by internationally acclaimed writer, dub poet and musician Benjamin Zephaniah, who has selected a diverse range of artworks from nearly 7,000 pieces submitted to the 2016 Koestler Awards from across the UK. The works on display in the exhibition include painting, music, writing and ceramics as well as traditional prison crafts such as matchstick modelling. The curator has selected works that explore themes of time and the natural environment, with a particular focus on creative writing and poetry within this year’s display. We Are All Human provides a unique and thought provoking insight into the lives and minds of prisoners, secure patients and detainees across the UK.
 
To present the exhibition to the public, ex­prisoners have been specially recruited, trained and employed by the Koestler Trust as exhibition hosts. They will work alongside Southbank Centre staff to invigilate the exhibition and welcome visitors throughout the exhibition run. As well as gaining unique work experience and new skills, the ex­prisoner hosts will deepen visitors’ engagement with the exhibition, enabling everyone to hear first­hand how the arts reflect and enrich the lives of people in secure and criminal justice settings.

On Thursday 15th September, there will be an official exhibition opening by Benjamin Zephaniah with speeches, performance and a panel discussion exploring behind the scenes of the exhibition. Artworks will also be available to purchase in the Koestler pop­up art shop alongside tours through the exhibition led by ex­prisoner exhibition hosts. 

Further details below.

Benjamin Zephaniah said: “I was in prison myself in the 1970s and back then there was no way you could express yourself. I felt like a creative being but there was nothing there to do. I express myself through words, and here I am surrounded by people who express themselves in different ways – matchsticks, paper mache, painting. Every bit of artwork in the exhibition has meaning, everything is relevant to the person who’s created it. We are all human, it’s a really simple truth, even if people are going through difficult times we are all trying to survive. We are all here because of circumstance. In my younger years everyone told me I would spend my life in prison, but there was a little spark inside of me that thought – ‘no, I’m a poet.’ I want the artists to know that their work is valuable, in terms of expression and adding to the whole conversation about life. The same for people who visit the show – it's good art!”

Sally Taylor, Chief Executive of The Koestler Trust said: “We are delighted to be working in partnership with Southbank Centre on our ninth UK Exhibition curated by renowned writer and dub poet Benjamin Zephaniah. Benjamin has selected works that are colourful, vibrant and reflect themes of the natural environment and time ­ themes that connect us all as humans.”

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For further press information and images please contact:

Harriet Black, Press Officer, harriet.black@southbankcentre.co.uk / 020 7921 0676 

For more information on the Koestler Trust please contact Sarah Grainger­Jones, Acting Director of Arts, sgraingerjones@koestlertrust.org.uk / 020 8740 0333

Opening day

Thursday 15 September 2016, 2pm ­ 7:30pm

  • 2pm – 3pm ­ Official exhibition opening by Benjamin Zephaniah with speeches, performance and a panel discussion exploring behind the scenes of the exhibition ­ The Clore Ballroom
  • 4pm & 6pm ­ Exhibition Tours led by ex­prisoner exhibition hosts Meet at the exhibition entrance, Spirit Level, Royal Festival Hall 
  • 3pm – 7.30pm ­ Koestler Pop­up Art Shop, Spirit Level at Royal Festival Hall

The Koestler Pop­up Art Shop will be open at various times throughout the exhibition run on the Spirit Level at Royal Festival Hall. It provides a chance to see and purchase even more original art by entrants to the Koestler Awards, as well as merchandise. A 25% donation from sales of original artwork goes to Victim Support. 

See www.koestlertrust.org.uk for details.

Exhibition artwork for sale

Some artworks in the exhibition are for sale, please contact the Koestler Trust on 020 8740 0333 if you are interested in purchasing an artwork and supporting the work of the Trust.

Notes to editors

About Southbank Centre

Southbank Centre is the UK’s largest arts centre, occupying a 21 acre site that sits in the midst of London’s most vibrant cultural quarter on the South Bank of the Thames. The site has an extraordinary creative and architectural history stretching back to the 1951 Festival of Britain. Southbank Centre is home to the Royal Festival Hall, Queen Elizabeth Hall, Purcell Room and Hayward Gallery as well as The Saison Poetry Library and the Arts Council Collection.

Southbank Centre is carrying out vital restoration work on the Hayward Gallery, Queen Elizabeth Hall and Purcell Room to make the buildings fit for future generations to enjoy, more information can be found here: letthelightin.southbankcentre.co.uk

The Koestler Trust

The Koestler Trust is the UK's leading prison arts charity. Founded by writer Arthur Koestler (author of the classic prison novel Darkness at Noon), it has been awarding, exhibiting and selling artworks by offenders, detainees and secure patients for 54 years. 

The Koestler Awards receive over 6,000 entries a year in 52 artforms from over 300 prisons and other establishments ­ inspiring offenders to take part in the arts, raise their aspirations and transform their lives. Koestler exhibitions attract 50,000 visitors at venues across the country annually ­ showing the public the talent and potential of offenders and people in secure settings. The Trust has no endowment or capital ­ its work depends entirely on grants and donations.

The Koestler Trust's aims are:

  • ­ To help offenders, secure patients and detainees lead more positive lives by motivating them to participate and achieve in the arts
  • ­ To increase public awareness and understanding of arts by offenders, secure patients and detainees
  • ­ To be a dynamic, responsive organisation, which achieves excellent quality and value for money.

About Benjamin Zephaniah

Benjamin Zephaniah was one of the pioneers of the performance poetry scene in Britain. He was part of the ‘school’ known as the ‘Dub Poets’; who worked alongside reggae music. He has spent most of his life performing around the world in schools, universities, prisons, concert halls, and in public spaces. His poetry mixes serious issues with humour and is accessible to a wide range of people. He was the first person to record with The Wailers after the death of Bob Marley in a musical tribute to Nelson Mandela, other musical collaborations include the Bomb The Bass, Sinead O’Connor, Brian Eno, Kinobe, Todla T, and Peter Gabriel. He has published numerous novels and books of poetry, and is a visiting professor at De Montfort University, Leicester and Professor of Poetry & Creative Writing at Brunel University.

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How does your garden grow? Ours will double in size with plans for the Festival Wing

The Festival Wing: Our Garden Plans

This summer, our Festival of Neighbourhood has transformed Southbank Centre into a giant urban garden cared for by community groups and volunteers. We plan to double our free green spaces as part of our Festival Wing transformation of the Queen Elizabeth Hall, Purcell Room and Hayward Gallery. So if you’ve come enjoyed the calm tranquillity of Octavia’s Orchard or enjoyed the stunning views from Queen Elizabeth Hall Roof Garden, you’ll love what we’ve got planned. The new Festival Wing will house three more permanent roof gardens, all with incredible views across London for everyone to enjoy for free, including a sedum garden on top of the new proposed Glass Pavilion that will provide a preserved habitat for flora and fauna. So more people will be able to come along and get green fingers as we preserve space for London’s ecology, as well as being able to relax and take in the view from one of the most impressive spots in the city. Festival of Neighbourhood Gardens Festival of Neighbourhood has already extended the Queen Elizabeth Roof Garden with a Woodland Garden, as well as providing a home for new temporary garden installations. These include nine large allotments along the riverside Queen’s Walk, an orchard of 35 fruit trees, foliage-style sculptures, a wheelbarrow installation of mini gardens and a herb greenhouse. Check out the pictures of these below and come along to Southbank Centre yourself to wander through the gardens. The Queen Elizabeth Roof Garden, designed in partnership with the Eden Project and built by gardeners from Grounded Ecotherapy at Providence Row Housing Association, gives employment and training to people who have experienced homelessness, mental health problems and addiction. Under the proposed Festival Wing plans, more opportunities will be created for communities, including vulnerable adults and children, to work in the three new proposed green spaces. Paul Pulford, Head Gardener with Grounded Eco-therapy on the Queen Elizabeth Hall Roof Garden, said: “Gardening has changed my life and I’m chuffed to bits to have this job. Working with the earth and touching it, planting trees, flowers and vegetables and watching them grow: these are some of the most healing experiences in human life. I’m so proud of what me and the team have been able to create on the Queen Elizabeth Hall roof.” Through Festival of Neighbourhood, we are also providing many more opportunities for communities and individuals to be involved in gardening: from a collaboration with the National Trust in which community groups can adopt the fruit trees from Octavia’s Orchard to a micro-city of nine vegetable allotments built by Wayward Plants with community workshops and tended to by local residents, businesses and community organisations. The gardens are watered using an innovative and sustainable system which invites the community to pump and filter water from the Thames at high-tide. After the Festival, hundreds of community-built windows boxes, planted by schoolchildren, will be distributed through a Wayward Plants' adoption event. The mini gardens and wheel barrows of the Wheelbarrow Rollercoaster installation, created by The Edible Bus Stop who encourage guerrilla community gardening, will also be given away to the volunteers who helped tend them throughout the summer. So come along and check out our Festival of Neighbourhood gardens, have a tipple or a sunbathe on the Queen Elizabeth Hall Roof Garden, get stuck in with our volunteering opportunities and enjoy the summer. And look forward to much more as we develop our Festival Wing plans to create more free gardens on the South Bank for everyone to enjoy, participate in and benefit from. To find out more about our plans for the Festival Wing, see southbankforall.org, follow us on twitter @southbankforall or like us on facebook/southbankforall. And watch this space for more Festival Wing plans! [gallery ids="7975,7976,7977,7978,7979,7974"]