United Underground on a Rooftop

Ctrl.Alt.Shift, British Underground and Riz Ahmed have curated a art, music and film fest that will be held on the rooftop of Southbank's Queen Elizabeth Hall.

Text by Kirsti Weir

Artwork by Sarah Maple.

This weekend the Southbank Centre, together with British Underground,
Ctrl.Alt.Shift and Riz Ahmed is a grand event of art, music, film and activism aimed at the younger generation to instigate active thinking and creativity in the next generation. The line up mixes the established with the up and coming, including appearances from Get Cape Wear Cape Fly, Plan B, artwork from Sarah Maple live street art and talks by director of Kidulthood Noel Clarke.Ctrl.Alt.Shift. one of the groups behind this event are responsible for the activist newspaper and website instigating relationships between artists and actions to give a substance to people’s media consumption which today is saturated by celebrity culture which subject matter normally goes no deeper than who’s wearing what and how much cellulite is on show. Chantelle Fiddy, editor, explains the basis for this event, “The idea was to put on a night at The Southbank which would promote the kind of music you'd not expect to find in that environment and couple it with a message of activism and how music can - and does - play a role within that…We're taking over the heart of the cultural establishment, with fresh words, sights, and sounds - to wake people up and get them involved and active - creatively, politically, and at the event itself.”

It’s a hectic day of programming so Riz Ahmed, the actor and musician plus co-organiser and performer of this event, describes how it will work, “We're showcasing our best creative talent alongside inspirational activists who will speak for 5 mins between the acts and answer questions. The thing that unites these music acts, artists, and film makers with the activists is having the balls to take risks and wanting to reach people.” And those involved haven’t taken a fee for their work, it’s totally not for profit which in itself make the price tag suitably inclusive and affordable.

United Underground at Queen Elizabeth Hall at Southbank Centre on Saturday July 18, 5pm – 11pm£5 all dayFacebook event page.

Tickets available here http://www.southbankcentre.co.uk/unitedundergound
Southbank Centre Ticket Office 0871 663 2538

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