A new Southbank Centre festival will champion artists over the age of 65

Zoe Paskett
Graceful ageing: Contemporary dancer Germaine Acogny

A new festival at the Southbank Centre is flying the flag for artists over 65 years old.

From May 14 to 20, (B)old celebrates great artists whose work has stood the test of time and who have been widely recognised for their contributions.

While much focus tends to be placed on newcomers, (B)old asks about the impact of age on artistic practice and staying relevant as you get older. With dance, music, theatre, visual art and literature events, (B)old champions artists at the top of their game.

Highlights of the festival include an evening with legendary jazz singer Dame Cleo Laine, who talks about her career and performs with her band, with a special guest appearance from Jacqui Dankworth.

Also on the line up are father of reggae poetry Linton Kwesi Johnson, mother of contemporary African dance Germaine Acogny, poet-playwright Tony Harrison, world renowned pianist Alfred Brendel and prolific author of The Tiger Who Came to Tea Judith Kerr.

May 14 to 18 at Southbank Centre, southbankcentre.co.uk

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