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Jude Kelly announces resignation from Southbank Centre to lead Women of the World

Posted on January 18th, 2018 in Recent posts by .


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Jude Kelly, CBE and artistic director at London’s Southbank Centre, has announced she will leave her current role in order to lead the global development of Women of the World Festival

Since joining the Southbank Centre in 2006, Jude Kelly has maintained the belief that art should be available to all, not just a privileged few. Through her bold programming and artistic vision, she has ensured the venue remains welcoming to all; over 26 million people visit the centre each year.

During her time as artistic director, Kelly has overseen a diverse array of projects, including Africa Utopia, Alchemy (celebrating the arts and culture of South Asia), Nordic Matters, classical and contemporary music festival The Rest is Noise, BAM: Being a Man, Imagine Children’s Festival and more. In 2015 she was awarded a CBE for services to the arts.

Perhaps her most notable achievement to date, however, has been founding WOW: Women of the World Festival in 2010. Now a global movement, the festival has been held 43 times, spreading to over 23 countries and across six continents. Comprised of theatre, talks, activism and more, the festival celebrates the talent, history and potential of females in all fields, while also underlining the barriers which continue to hinder the achievement of gender equality. Kelly plans to lead the further global development of WOW.

Read Jo Frost’s interview with Jude Kelly, and hear her exclusive Songlines playlist in the August/September 2017 issue (#130).



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Angélique Kidjo returns to London, November 14

Posted on November 7th, 2014 in Live, News, Recent posts by .


The indomitable spirit of Africa returns to the Southbank Centre’s Royal Festival Hall for a special performance as part of the EFG London Jazz Festival

Next Friday (November 14) award-winning singer and UN Goodwill Ambassador Angélique Kidjo will perform songs from her album Eve (a Top of the World in #98), which was dedicated to ‘the women of Africa.

The Beninese singer will be joined by guests including Nigerian-French singer Asa and Mike King’s female choir. Support comes from Ibeyi, 19-year-old French Cuban twins, Naomi and Lisa-Kainde Díaz, who have recently signed to XL Recordings and are the daughters of prolific Cuban percussionist, Anga Díaz. Watch the video for their single ‘Oya’ below.

Angélique Kidjo’s performance is part of the EFG London Jazz Festival. Other artists playing at the festival throughout November include Abdullah Ibrahim, Lau, Hijaz and the Branford Marsalis Quartet.

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Celebrating Sanctuary London 2014, Southbank, June 15

Posted on June 6th, 2014 in Live, News, Recent posts by .


Words by Amar Dhillon

Celebrating Sanctuary London returns to the Southbank at Bernie Spain Gardens on June 15 

The annual free festival – regularly drawing crowds of more than 20,000 people – will launch Refugee Week UK with a bang. Featuring live music, dance, comedy, art installations, poetry and spoken word, workshops and food, Celebrating Sanctuary is a monument to, and showcase of, the artistic talent and cultural contribution of refugees in London. Also to look forward to this year are exclusive collaborations that bring together the sounds of Ethiopia and Poland, Syria and the UK.

Afrikan Boy – (Nigeria/UK) the grime MC known for pairing Nigerian beats with London bass. Following the internet-hit ‘Lidl’, the London MC has appeared on MIA’s album Kala, collaborated with DJ Shadow on what Zane Lowe termed ‘hottest record in the world’ and is now working on a debut LP.

Somali Party Southall – (India/UK, Somalia/UK) ‘Little India meets Little Mogadishu’ in the percussion of Kuljit Bhamra MBE and voice of Abdulkarim Raas, fusing Panjabi beats with Swahili vocals.

Rafiki Jazz – (Brazil, Gambia, Mauritius, Senegal, Tanzania, Zimbabwe, UK) Self-defining as ‘where beatbox meets berimbau and Brazil greets Banjul’, this eclectic collective will present their second album At Kriol Junction with their newest member, spoken word artist Sister Elements.

Katy Carr + Haymanot Tesfa – (Poland/UK, Ethiopia) Musician and songwriter Katy Carr has released four albums with her group, Katy Carr and the Aviators. Haymanot has garnered a reputation for her soulful voice and Ethiopian Jazz style since coming to the UK. This exclusive collaboration will explore personal narratives as well as cultural influences.

Gabby Young and Other Animals + Jewan Mohammed – (UK, Syria) Gabby Young’s personal genre of circus swing meets Kurdish vocalist and versatile musician Jewan Mohammed in a truly unique venture. A member of the migrant and refugee group The Crossings Band, Mohammed has already performed with various celebrated Syrian artists.

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Afrikan Boy – ‘Hit Em Up’

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Echoes of Silence: A tribute to the female vocalists of Iran

Posted on October 4th, 2013 in Live, News, Recent posts by .


Renowned Iranian composer Majid Derakhshani, the Mah Ensemble and Mahdieh Mohammadkhani will perform a special concert at the Southbank Centre’s Purcell Room on October 18

Majid Derakhshani is a composer and instrumentalist known for his innovative approach to traditional Persian music. In a special concert tribute to all the female vocalists in Persian music, past and present, Derakhshani will lead the youthful Mah Ensemble in collaboration with the exceptionally gifted young female vocalist Mahdieh Mohammadkhani.

Click here to find out more about the concert and to book tickets.

Watch this clip of Mahdieh Mohammadkhani performing:

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