Saturday, 18 August 2012

Festival of the World

Yesterday I visited the Southbank Centre to catch up with the Festival of the World, a fantastic celebration of art in all its forms. aMAZEme, which the pictures show, is an incredible labyrinth built from over 150,000 books in the Royal Festival Hall. (There’s timelapse footage of its construction here.) It is mesmerising. Children and adults of all ages were enthralled when I was there, and it engendered lots of spontaneous reading. Lovely. It’s only on till 26 August, so not much time left. I liked the Museum of the World too, on till 9 September, which explores how art can change society. It showcases some visionary educators and pioneering projects, including the Youth Orchestra of Iraq, a hip-hop project for children in Rwanda and a scheme inspiring young people in the favelas in Rio de Janeiro through music, dance and circus.