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* Southbank Centre, Young Vic and 150 Lambeth and Southwark
children stage outdoor production of Coleridge's Rime of the Ancient
Mariner for the London Literature Festival

* A flash Dance Mob takes over Southbank Centre's outdoor

* Cultural Olympiad Open Weekend includes the World Premiere of
Nishat Khan's Sitar Concerto performed by the Philharmonia Orchestra

* Strictly Summer Ballroom and Baby Loves Disco return to the
Clore Ballroom

* Talks and workshops accompany the Hayward Gallery's Walking in
My Mind exhibition

* The return of Jeppe Hein's hugely popular aquatic sculpture
Appearing Rooms

Southbank Centre offers an extraordinary range of free events across the
site this summer. On Saturday 4 July, as part of the London Literature
Festival, Southbank Centre has collaborated with the Young Vic and 150
Lambeth and Southwark primary school children to perform a unique
reimagining of Samuel Taylor Coleridge's mesmeric classic poem, The Rime
of the Ancient Mariner. This unique production is staged as a wedding,
with the audience as invited guests, and original music from the
swashbuckling Southbank Centre Artists in Residents Bellowhead. With
traditional fare, including oysters, a hog roast, cake and ale served at
long trestle tables, Southbank Centre Square is transformed by sight,
sound and smell to tell this legendary tale.

Continuing the UK wide celebrations leading up to the London 2012
Olympic and Paralympic Games, Southbank Centre's Cultural Olympiad Open
Weekend begins on Friday 24 July, with a special tribute concert to Duke
Ellington's The Queen's Suite, by the newly formed Tomorrow's Warriors
Jazz Orchestra. With free vocal, dance and gamelan workshops, as well as
talks and events inspired by the Hayward Gallery exhibition, Walking in
My Mind, the weekend culminates in the free world premiere of Nishat
Khan's sitar concerto at the Royal Festival Hall (26 July).

From Baby Loves Disco (18 July) to Strictly Summer Ballroom (31 August),
Southbank Centre offers all ages the chance to learn to dance.
Throughout August Summer Dance Workshops will take place on the Clore
Ballroom in a variety of dance styles including Hip Hop (23 July),
Contemporary (8 August), African (15 August), Bollywood (22 August), and
Pop Video (29 August). Dare2Dance, Southbank Centre's annual festival
for young female hip hop dancers take place on 25 July. On Sunday 30
August a mass mob of dancers will descend upon the outdoor spaces
surrounding the Royal Festival Hall to perform in unison, a short
routine created by a top London choreographer (TBA). Aspiring dancers
can learn the Dance Mob routine online, at any of the summer dance
workshops or on the day from 11am.

Celebrating the best of London's alternative glitterati, Ballroom Summer
Nights kicks off on Friday 10 July with 'tranny superstar' Jonny Woo,
caustic duo Bourgeois & Maurice and performance artist Ryan Styles, who
at any given moment can be seen disco tap dancing, miming inside a giant
balloon or dressed as Mount Fuji. This evening will premiere new work
which brings these incredible artists together for the first time.

The 2009 London Literature Festival runs at Southbank Centre from 2 - 16
July and brings together an eclectic mix of words, stories, ideas and
laughter to the city's original festival site. Among the free events on
offer is Fresh Off The Page (4, 10, 11 July), a series of spoken word
and performances at the cutting edge of literature. They are curated by
a team of young curators and Southbank Centre Emerging Artists in

Friday Tonic continues throughout the summer, offering free concerts of
the best in jazz, improvised music and emerging artists in The Front
Room at the Queen Elizabeth Hall every Friday at 6pm. Highlights include
Trouble Tune Tonic a special 7-hour show of electro and experimental
music, spoken word, rap, live visuals and film art (31 July) and on
Friday 3 July Aron Ottihon leads his quartet on a wild ride of jazz,
punk and dance. Friday Lunch performances continue weekly at 1pm in The
Central Bar at the Royal Festival Hall and include Memphis-born singer,
songwriter and keyboardist Charlie Wood on 17 July.

The spectacular fountain Appearing Rooms by Danish artist Jeppe Hein
returns to

Southbank Centre from June - August. A hugely popular summer fixture on
Festival Terrace, the water sculpture invites visitors of all ages to
join in and become part of this playful work of art.

For further press information and images please contact:

Miles Evans on 020 7921 0676, email

Jenny Brown on 020 7921 0926, email

Southbank Centre Ticket Office: 0871 663 2500

Best wishes,


Jenny Brown

Press Officer (Contemporary)

Southbank Centre

Belvedere Road

London SE1 8XX

T +44(0)20 7921 0926

F +44(0)20 7921 0663

Ticket Office 0871 663 2500

Southbank Centre is a Registered Charity No. 298909

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