The Southbank Centre is getting soppy again as its Festival of Love returns for another summer. And to make you feel all fuzzy inside, there’s a summer-long line-up of free exhibitions, talks, pop-ups and performances. Here are five of the most random, not-to-be-missed events coming up…
1. See love in lights
If you love a bit of neon, don’t miss Love and Liquid Fire, an exhibition of recently departed artist Chris Bracey’s famous lights. The owner of God’s Own Junkyard, he defined Soho’s brightly-lit night scene of the ’80s. Royal Festival Hall, Foyer Level 2, Saturday June 6-September 6, 10am-11pm.
2. Get hitched!
It wouldn’t be a Festival of Love without a wedding – or 50! FOL will be hosting the Big Wedding Weekend where couples can get married in a series of mass ceremonies at the Royal Festival Hall. You’ll also be able to renew your vows or convert your civil ceremony into a marriage. It’ll definitely be a good story to tell the grandkids… Find out more here.
3. Cool down in the disappearing fountains
Jeppe Hein’s Appearing Rooms installation returns for another year – dash in for a quick soaking if you’re feeling the heat, or try to outsmart the artist’s moving ‘rooms’ of water jets and stay dry. Outside Queen Elizabeth Hall, daily, except Mondays.
4. Play giant Twister to a soundtrack of giggles
Get involved with a cheeky line-up of interactive installations including vibrating rooms and a giant Twister mat at Heart n Soul’s Tunnel of Love installation. A multi-sensory spin on the old-school fairground tunnel of love, it’s soundtracked by love songs and giggles. Royal Festival Hall, Spirit Level, 10am-10pm daily.
5. Try a flirty maze
Spend an afternoon getting lost in architectural sculpture Ludus Folly, which explores the chemistry of flirtation with a maze, mirrored walls and a tower. Surely this one’s a day-date winner? Festival Terrace, Saturday June 6-September 27, 10am-11pm.
Love a pop-up? Here are 11 great ones happening this month.