The Southbank Centre to live stream an autumn series of global literary events with TicketCo Media Services

by | Sep 3, 2020

The Southbank Centre will live stream a series of exclusive literary events from around the world for the first time, via TicketCo Media Services.

Europe’s largest centre for the arts was forced to close its doors in March following the COVID-19 lockdown. But six months on the Southbank Centre will present Inside Out an Autumn season of over 40 events that will bring music, literature, and comedy back to the Royal Festival Hall.

The Southbank Centre have partnered with TicketCo to live stream a series of exclusive author events that will be streamed from various locations around the world. It is designed to stand in place of the Southbank Centre’s annual flagship London Literature Festival that was cancelled this year due to the pandemic.

It will launch with a UK exclusive with writer and activist Angela Davis direct from Santa Cruz on September 16. In a collaboration with the Stuart Hall Foundation, the streamed event will be chaired by Gary Younge.

Award winning poet and author Claudia Rankine will discuss her new book Just Us with Anthony Anaxagorou from New York on October 9th. Kae Tempest will discuss their first book of nonfiction On Connection from the Southbank Centre’s Royal Festival Hall stage on October 13th. Internationally acclaimed author and activist Arundhati Roy is set to discuss her new book of essays, Azadi, and reflect on the meaning of freedom in a world after the pandemic from her home in India on October 22nd.

The co-founder of Black Lives Matter, Alicia Garza will be live from the Royal Festival Hall on October 28th. Actors, and writers Dawn French (UK exclusive, Oct 19th) and John Cleese (Nov 2nd) will launch their respective new books from the Royal Festival Hall. Dawn French will launch her new novel Because of You and John Cleese his book On Creativity as part of this special online programme.

Ted Hodkingson, Head of Literature & Spoken Word at the Southbank Centre, said: “After five months of closure I’m delighted to announce an online series of talks that offer a timely response to our tumultuous present and celebrate our capacity for creativity and connection.

“We have living legends including Angela Davis alongside leading voices in the fight for racial and social justice such as Alicia Garza, with boundary-pushing authors, thinkers and poets of global renown including Arundhati Roy, Claudia Rankine and Kae Tempest, as well as beloved comedians including Dawn French and John Cleese. We look forward to bringing the London Literature Festival back bigger and better than ever in 2021, but for now, we’re thrilled to be able to bring authors and audiences together from all around the world as part of Inside Out.”

Joe Edwards, TicketCo Senior Account Manager, said: “The Southbank Centre’s Inside Out Autumn season of COVID-19 safe events is an exciting prospect for music, literature, and comedy, especially amid such a difficult time. “We are proud to have partnered with the Southbank Centre, one of the UK’s most respected venues, to provide pay-per-view live streaming for its exclusive series of literary events from around the world. We share the same passion for innovation and live entertainment and we’re looking forward to helping connect more people to literature and building the Southbank Centre’s global audience via online broadcasting.”

The Southbank Centre Southbank Centre is the UK’s largest arts centre and one of the UK’s top five visitor attractions, occupying a prominent riverside location in London’s vibrant culture quarter on the South Bank of the Thames.

TicketCo Media Services is a pay-pay-view live streaming service and associated virtual ticketing platform.

Tickets for the events will go on sale on Monday September 7th.

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When lockdown hit the industry the team at TicketCo soon realised it was an opportunity and the company invested in R&D to develop and launch TicketCo Media Services, a new pay per view live streaming and video on demand service. It is combined with our ticketing platform so organisers and artists can monetise digital content and events.

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