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Art Night 2018 festival comes to the South Bank

post-image 26th March 2018

After the great success of Lumiere London 2018, South Bank BID will be a partner of Art Night, another event that reaffirms the role of the South Bank as the cultural heart of London.

On Saturday 7 July 2018 from 6.00pm to 6.00am, Art Night will transform the Thames riverbank with new commissions, one-off artist projects and premieres by 12 internationally renowned artists for London’s largest free contemporary arts festival. The festival is curated by Hayward Gallery, to celebrate the renowned institution’s reopening and to coincide with its 50-year anniversary.

A group of Art Night Guides, supported by Art Fund, will be guiding visitors throughout the night, with a dedicated MBNA Thames Clipper boat running a bespoke route until 4 am.

This edition of Art Night will also explore the rich history of gardening and urban produce in the area between the South Bank and Battersea Power Station, which once supplied vegetables, fruit and flowers to the whole of London and contains the oldest continually cultivated gardens in the city.

Nic Durston, CEO of South Bank BID, March 2018, said:

“We are delighted that Art Night will be coming to South Bank this summer. As London’s cultural heart, we welcome artistic creativity and support initiatives that actively engage Londoners and visitors and encourage participation. This is exactly what Art Night is about, and we look forward to working with all partners to make this year’s event a success.”

 The 2017 edition of Art Night attracted over 75,000 visitors and a digital audience of over 225,000 on the night through social media and live broadcasting.

Art Night 2018’s trail promises to be its most ambitious yet, running along the Thames from Southbank Centre, through Vauxhall and Nine Elms, with artworks sited across a dozen exceptional and historic sites, from cultural landmarks such as the Hayward Gallery and the Garden Museum.

 For more info about Art Night, please contact Stefano Leone at stefano.leone@southbanklondon.com