Sick of watching sport? Try workshops, exhibitions, films, installations, kid-friendly shows, talks & debates, live performance, a Samba Ceilidh, circus, dance, DJs, comedy and music in this exhilaratingly diverse 11-day programme at the Southbank Centre. Here are just a few intriguing highlights:
The Dean Rodney Singers
Lewisham rapper Dean Rodney masterminds an interactive musical installation in the Blue Bar on Level 4 of the Royal Festival Hall daily throughout the festival (free).
Crip Tease Unlimited
Outlandish and outrageous “neo-burlesque” mixed bill in the Clore Ballroom on Friday 31 August (free).
In Water I’m Weightless
A poetic look at the human body that makes you think in the Purcell Room on Friday 31 August and Saturday 1 September (tickets £15).
Liberty Festival 10 Year Anniversary Celebrations
An evening of comedy, music and cabaret — including Peckham’s Liz Bentley — in the Clore Ballroom from 7.30pm on Saturday 1 September (free).
Box of Frogs
Colourful kids’ circus show about strong emotions in the Purcell Room on Sunday 2 and Saturday 3 September (tickets £15).
A story about a dysfunctional family told without words in the Purcell Room on Thursday 6 September (tickets £15).
Two new dances from the wonderful Candoco: Marc Brew’s Parallel Lines is a dramatic dance piece with beautiful string music. Claire Cunningham’s 12 is a theatrical, very playful and funny piece. Double bill on Thursday 6 September (tickets £10/£15/£20).
Ménage à Trois
A lonely woman begins to craft the perfect man out of the only thing she knows – her crutches at Queen Elizabeth Hall on Saturday 8 September (tickets £20/£15/£10).
Irresistible: Call of the Sirens
A noisy and exciting music show by Jez Colborne, who loves making music with unusual things like alarm sirens, in the Clore Ballroom on Saturday 8 September (free).
Reasons to be Cheerful
The Ian Drury musical coming of age tale in Queen Elizabeth Hall on Sunday 9 September (tickets £10-25).