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Shared World

8 July – 2 September 2018

Join us this summer as we celebrate the opening of our new World Gallery with a season of vibrant cultural activities that bring people together.

Enjoy fun festival days, music, dance, food and activities that all share the human qualities of creativity, curiosity and collaboration.

Festival of Dance

Sunday 8 July, 10.30am-5pm

Bring all the family for a day of exciting dance and music from around the world. Experience sounds inspired by the musical styles of Eastern Europe and Latin America and discover unique acts across our beautiful Gardens. Co-programmed in partnership with Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance.


Wonderful World Late

Thursday 19 July, 6.30pm-9.30pm

Discover the wonders of our new World Gallery at this special evening of dance, tours, talks, film screenings and installations.  Take a journey around the world in 80 tunes, enjoy international food and drink, and don’t miss a site- specific performance of British- Brazilian choreographer and dance performer Jean Abreu’s Solo for Two co-commissioned with Southbank Centre.

Tickets: £5. Over-18s only.

Sunset Sessions

Thursdays 26 July, 2 and 9 August, 6.30pm-8pm

Chill out to global sounds on our Bandstand Terrace with styles ranging from New Orleans brass and Celtic reels to Brazilian samba and Afro-Punk. The Horniman Café will be open on the Terrace for light snacks and drinks.

  • 26 July: Kabantu
  • 2 August: KOG & The Zongo Brigade 
  • 9 August: The Brass Funkeys


Hear it Live: Arpa Llanera

Tuesday 31 July, 3.30pm-4pm

Diego Alonso Laverde Rojas performs music for the enchanting arpa llanera – a harp from the plains of Columbia and Venezuela.


Bandstand Concerts

Sundays, 5, 19 and 26 August, 3pm-5pm

Put on your dancing shoes for upbeat concerts guaranteed to make you move! Enjoy an eclectic mix of Afro-Latin styles, reggae, Afrobeat and funky Ethojazz from nine-piece bands and soulful artists.

  • 5 August: Dende
  • 19 August: Native Sun
  • 26 August: Matuk


Big Wednesdays: Shared World

Wednesdays, 8, 15, 22 and 29 August, 10.30am-3.30pm

Join us for performances, storytelling, art and craft and films as we celebrate what makes us human and connects us with nature. Look out for special activities inspired by our exciting new arts space, The Studio, which opens in October.


Hear it Live: Kora

Tuesday 28 August, 3.30pm-4pm

Jali Bakary Konteh from Gambia will perform music for the sweet-sounding kora, a West African harp-lute.


Flavours of the World Festival

Sunday 2 September, 10.30am-5pm

Join us for the closing festival  of our Shared World season with a celebration of global food and feasting cultures, accompanied by carnival parades, Turkish folk music, Balkan dance beats, North African Gnawa sounds and pop-up dance performances.


Exhibitions and Displays

Grasslands Garden

Opens Friday 29 June

Wander through wild landscapes featuring spectacular plants from the North American prairie and South African grasslands. The Grasslands Garden was conceived to complement the World Gallery and devised by Olympic Park designer James Hitchmough. 


Yamal: The Stream of Life

Opens Friday 29 June 2018 until 6 January 2019

Photographer Bryan Alexander has spent the last 25 years documenting the lives and culture of people living in the Yamal region of Northwest Siberia. This beautiful display of his work in the World Gallery reveals aspects of traditional life, and how it has been affected by social, cultural and environmental changes taking place. 


Bengal Tiger

Until May 2019

A stunning taxidermy Bengal Tiger, on loan from the Natural History Museum, will be on display in the Natural History Gallery throughout our Shared World season.