Festival of Love
The Festival of Love in London celebrates the greatest human emotion with performance, music and art. It is organized by Southbank Centre during summer and includes activities, installations and performances in celebration of the most powerful human emotion of love.
What does the Festival of Love signify?
Visitors get an opportunity to explore specific themes over several weekends during summer throughout the course of this festival. A huge attraction is the `Big Wedding’, which includes several mass ceremonies that involve couples getting married and renewing their vows. Romance blossoms in the air during the Festival of Love in London and it all happens along the banks of River Thames at the Southbank Centre. This festival brings in several love-themed installations and performances. The vibrant pop-ups and interactive art shows at this culture hub are impressive. Music fans always look forward to soulful performances by their favourite performers.
What is covered by the Festival of Love?
The Festival of Love is a packed program of art, music and dance and most of the performances are free for the general public. A range of free workshops were also laid on. Residents and visitors get to explore love in its many splendid forms and that included love for places as the venues included Royal Festival Hall, Purcell Room, Queen Elizabeth Hall, Poetry Library, Hayward Gallery and Southbank Centre Archive Studio.
The resident orchestras that take part in the classical music scene have included the London Philharmonic Orchestra, the London Sinfonietta, the Philharmonia and the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment. The classical programmes are mainly concentrated at the Royal Festival Hall with the chamber music recitals held at St. John’s Smith Square.
For musical activities, there is a wide ranging program besides classical music concerts that include world music, pop, rock and jazz. Thousands of musicians perform to millions of visitors every year, making the Festival of Love a popular cultural destination in London.
Built in 1951 for the commemoration of the Festival of Britain, Southbank Centre has become a world famous arts centre. It has been a heritage festival site in London ever since. A vast range of cultural events is held here every year where people could participate in events and free activities while they enjoy a range of cafes, shops and restaurants.
Southbank Centre believes passionately that arts and music have the power to change lives through spreading the message of love.