News: South Bank Centre

Friday 30 June 2006

Jude Kelly, Artistic Director of the South Bank Centre, has announced her new vision for the future of the South Bank Centre.

She gave details of the world-class figures from across the visual and performing arts spectrums that are to become Artists in Residence and Associate Artists at the South Bank Centre. These include choreographer Rafael Bonachela as well as artists from the world of music, poetry and art. These relationships will allow the artists to create work that is rooted in the South Bank, ranging across the entire site: the four major venues and the spaces between. One of the many highlights of the opening season will feature a ballet ‘Gala’ with the Ballet Boyz.

Jude Kelly explains her vision, “Our intention is to make the South Bank Centre a far more open, hospitable, accessible and creative place – a ‘bustling’ cultural port at the heart of this great world city. The Centre will also be somewhere where new work is born; where artists will come, not just to perform, but to meet people, encounter other artists, spark ideas and experiment; a place where things will happen in new ways; where the young and not so young will explore and learn; where art forms will cross over; where ideas from around the world will be researched and expounded.”

Michael Lynch, Chief Executive Officer, said “When I joined the South Bank Centre in 2002 I had several objectives; not only would the Royal Festival Hall be restored and refurbished, but there would be a full creative vision for the site. Today, that objective becomes a reality.”

Press links:

‘Eleven months after being anointed as artistic director of London’s South Bank Centre, Jude Kelly has finally revealed her vision.’ Charlotte Higgins, Guardian, 30 June.06

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