Today is the start of Changing Britain, a three-week series at the Southbank Centre that runs up to to the general election on May 7. Taking a look at the state of the nation over the 70 years since 1945, the festival includes talks, debates and workshops, film screenings and theatre, exhibitions and more. Contributors include novelist Nick Hornby, former London mayor Ken Livingstone, Ray Davies of The Kinks, Billy Bragg, legendary reggae DJ Don Letts and the actor Patricia Hodge.
You should definitely head down to an event, but there’s another way you can be involved, too. The organisers are putting together a soundtrack for the festival, which will play throughout the Southbank Centre’s foyer spaces over the three weekends of Changing Britain. There’ll be a playlist for each of three historical periods – 1945-1979, 1979-1997 and 1997 to the present day – and the Southbank Centre has asked for song suggestions from the people at the centre of the exhibition: the great British public (that’s you).
Which songs from the last 70 years have been personally or politically important to you? Head to the Changing Britain playlist submission form and let them know.