On Wednesday 13 February, South Bank Business Improvement District (BID), in partnership with neighbouring BID WeAreWaterloo, invited South Bank and Waterloo businesses to an exclusive private view of Nelson Mandela: the Official Exhibition. Opening on 8 February at Waterloo’s historic Leake Street Graffiti Tunnels, Nelson Mandela: The Official Exhibition is a major new global touring exhibition that takes visitors on a personal journey through the life and words of one of the world’s most influential human rights activists and political leaders. Following on from the Southbank Centre’s centenary exhibition last year, the immersive experience features previously unseen film, photos and displays of over 150 historical artefacts and personal effects on loan from the Mandela family, museum and archives worldwide, covering over 750 square metres in one of South Bank’s most exciting new developments.
Nic Durston, Chief Executive of South Bank Employers’ Group and South Bank BID, commented: “Bringing an inspiring exhibition of this nature to an exciting new South Bank development is a bold move, and I’m thrilled to see how successfully this has been achieved. We’ve been delighted with the feedback tonight from our BID members too, which has been incredibly positive. As the cultural heart of London, we welcome new attractions that complement South Bank’s world-famous cultural institutions, and we are looking forward to see how the exhibition benefits the exciting, independent bars, restaurants and cafes that help to keep the South Bank special and which now call Leake Street their home.”
People who live, work or study in South Bank and Waterloo can get £10 tickets to the exhibition thanks to Star Card, South Bank BID and WeAreWaterloo loyalty card.
Visit the website www.starcardlondon.com for more info.
A portion of the exhibition proceeds will be given to the Mvezo Development Trust to support economic development programs in South Africa’s Eastern Cape.
The exhibition runs until June 2 at 26 Leake Street Gallery.