The Southbank Centre has announced a programme of events marking 50 years since the release of the iconic album

Bowie’s on the brain at the moment. Not long after we heard of the V&A acquiring the David Bowie archive, the Southbank Centre has revealed its plans to celebrate the 50th anniversary of his landmark album Aladdin Sane. As well as launching a two-month-long exhibition that will look into the creation of the album’s distinctive artwork, the Centre will host a line-up of live music and talks inspired by Bowie.

The exhibition, Aladdin Sane: 50 Years, has been curated by Geoffrey Marsh and Chris Duffy, son of photographer Brian Duffy who worked with Bowie to create the album’s cover. Audiences will get a glimpse behind the curtain and into the relationship between Bowie and Duffy that led to the January 1973 photoshoot where the legendary portrait was taken. There’ll also be a separate, FREE exhibition looking at Bowie’s history with the Centre that spans 50 years.

Other than that, over the weekend of the 21st of April the Nu Civilisation Orchestra will host an evening of tribute performances at the Royal Festival Hall, Queer House Party and Queer Bruk will host two club nights to celebrate Bowie’s legacy, a series of talks will explore Bowie’s cultural legacy and the National Poetry Library will present a new collection of work inspired by the album. Bowie fans: you’ll want to keep the end of April free.

Thurs 6th April – Sun 28th May 2023
Southbank Centre, Belvedere Rd, London SE1 8XX