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Whatever you’re into, The Southbank Centre has it covered. With cultural exhibitions, art installations, live shows and more – you’re sure to find something to keep you entertained this month. Packed with cafes and bars to grab refreshments or a meal from any of the Finsbury Square Restaurants or eateries on offer, you can stay well-fuelled while taking in the sights! Read on to find out some of the events, performances and art installations to pique your interest through the rest of May…

Adventures in Moominland

A part of the Southbank’s Scandi-mad Nordic Matters festival, Adventures in Moominland invites guests to get lost in the colourful world of these much-loved Finnish characters. Exploring the series through the eyes of its author, Tove Jansson, the exhibition includes a guided tour of approximately 50 minutes, including never before seen sketches from the artist. Recommended for visitors aged 7+. Admission from £12.

• When is it? The exhibition runs until August 2017.
• Where is it? Yellow Room – Level 1

M.I.A.’s Meltdown

• When is it? The festival runs until 09 – 18 June, 2017.

After being born in Sri Lanka, M.I.A was raised in London. She’s credited with revolutionizing the London sonic landscape and this year, she’ll curate her very own festival as she curates Meltdown 2017 at the Southbank Centre. The artist, producer, director and rapper will bring together an eclectic mix of musicians and mash up of genres in a 10-day musical extravaganza. Names include Giggs, Princess Nokia and dance music outfit, Soulwax. Meltdown includes a late night rave, a block party, talks and debates.

Falling Shawls

Finnish-Sami visual artist, Outi Pieski’s 1000 piece floating textile installation showcases a traditional Sami technique. Each element of the 1000 pieces contains 35 tassels, which were handmade by the artist and 12 Sami women. This culturally significant work represents a flock of spirits – in Sami tradition, the Northern Lights are considered spirits of ancestors. Falling Shawls represents a flock of spirits, hanging from the foyers of Royal Festival Hall.

• When is it? The exhibition runs until 31 December 2017.
• Where is it? Green Display Space 2 – Level 2

A Fair Field Full of Folk

If you’re a fan of poetry, this exhibition fuses both medieval and modern prose at The National Poetry Library. Inspired by Fair Field, which is modern re-imagining of a 14th century work, Piers Plowman, this exhibition explores the medieval influence and features works by poets including Patience Agbabi and Simon Armitage. There’s also books, paintings and video, curated by Penned in the Margins.

• When is it? The exhibition runs until 09 July 2017.
• Where is it? The National Poetry Library, Royal Festival Hall, Level 5 – Blue

For more information on any of these events, visit www.southbankcentre.co.uk/whats-on

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