Starting this June, the Southbank Centre will welcome a programme of climate crisis-related events as part of Planet Summer

Southbank Centre’s multi-artform season, Planet Summer, will kick off in June for three months of live performances, exhibitions, music, new artistic commissions and free programming. The season has been designed to connect audiences with a range of environmental issues.

Inspired by the Hayward Gallery’s upcoming exhibitionDear Earth: Art and Hope in a Time of Crisis, Planet Summer will be all about climate care, hope and activism. To bring those themes to a wider audience, there’ll be a series of free events, including interpretive dance with ‘Bird Rave’ and the interactive installation ‘The Forum’.

Talks from some of the most influential names in the climate activism space have been announced as part of the programme, with the likes of Greta Thunberg, Malala Yousafzai, Rebecca Solnit, Thelma Young Lutunatabua, Mark Carney and Tori Tsui set to make an appearance. The Poetry International festival will also be returning for the first time since 2019, featuring ecopoetry, new commissions and collaborations. Visitors will be able to see the new pocket forest, developed with urban rewilding organisation SUGi, which has become a permanent feature outside the Hayward Gallery. And The SpongeBob Musical will be showing in the Queen Elizabeth Hall throughout the summer, telling the story of saving the undersea world. Sounds like there’ll be a lot to sink your teeth into.

Wed 21st June – Sun 3rd September 2023
Southbank Centre, London SE1 8XX