Art and Theatre at the Southbank Centre

South Bank Center

The South bank Center in London is home to the British Film Institute which was formerly known as the National Film Theater and is the leading repertory cinema in the UK. Besides being able to watch their favorite classic, world cinema, and independent films on one of four cinema screens of BFI, visitors to the South bank Center can enjoy cutting-edge art, theater and musical performances from old performers as well as from up-and-coming artists. The annual festival for children at the Center provides activities for children of all ages ranging from opera for babies to vampire-themed Valentine’s Day celebrations for teens.

The event ‘Imagine 2013’ took place at the Center from 10th February till 24th February 2013 and it offered more than 100 free and ticketed events which helped families to remain entertained during the half-term. The events included readings from leading authors; interactive performance pieces in which audiences can go around the site; opportunity to look at the rise of the alternative family showcasing children of same-sex parents; an opportunity for children to interact with life-size dinosaur puppets in the UK premier of the show Dinosaur Petting Zoo; witness the Red House Book Awards which are the only book awards where the voting is entirely by children; theater for children; and animated films Magic Piano and the Chopin Shorts with live accompaniments.

There is a lot that you can do and see in the South Bank in the field of culture and a visit to the British Film Institute is an absolute must.