(B)old Festival at Southbank Centre

Friday 6 April 2018

Performing arts

A new festival profiling artists aged 65 years and over, who are established in their practise and recognised nationally or internationally for their work, will be at Southbank Centre from 14 to 20 May 2018.
(B)old Festival at Southbank Centre

Image courtesy Fran├žois Stemmer

Southbank Centre has announced (B)old, a brand new festival celebrating age and creativity, supported by The Baring Foundation.

Championing new and established artists aged 65 years and over, (B)old features a week of vibrant programming from Monday 14 - Sunday 20 May 2018 taking place across Southbank Centre's 17 acre site including the newly reopened Queen Elizabeth Hall and Purcell Room.

(B)old explores and challenges cultural perspectives of age and the role it plays in arts and society, as well as the impact of creating and experiencing art at a later age.

The new festival offers something for all ages and showcases work from artists across dance, music, theatre, visual art and literature.

The programme features free events and activities, and an array of engaging workshops, talks and debates bringing the idea of 'age' into discussion.

Jude Kelly, Artistic Director of Southbank Centre said ...

"(B)old is just that, a bold new festival showcasing the work of older artists, and celebrating age as a powerful force in arts and culture.

We're looking forward to exploring and challenging cultural perceptions of growing older - both in the arts and in modern society.

"We are very grateful for The Baring Foundation's support in making this festival happen.

Their work in the field of ageing is exemplary and leads us into powerful conversations and ideas about age and creativity."

David Cutler, Director of The Baring Foundation said ...

"The Baring Foundation has been championing creative ageing across the UK since 2010.

There could be no better climax to this support than the Southbank Centre's (B)old festival.

It will make ageing a highpoint of the arts calendar."

Headliners at the festival include: the father of 'reggae poetry', Linton Kwesi Johnson; leading poet-playwright Tony Harrison; the mother of contemporary African dance, Germaine Acogny; renowned author and creator of Mog the Cat, Judith Kerr; one of the world's greatest pianists, Alfred Brendel, and more. 

For full details of all events in the festival - check here.


Southbank Centre

Belvedere Road

London SE1 8XX


14 to 20 May 2018


Southbank Centre

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