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Nelson Mandela: The Centenary Exhibition 2018

Mark the 2018 centenary of iconic leader Nelson Mandela’s birth in this exhibition about his life, career, and commitment to equality and justice.

This exhibition explores the life and times of Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela (1918 – 2013) and marks the centenary of his birth. It provides insight into Mandela’s journey from young freedom fighter to becoming the inspiration for an international movement against South Africa’s violent and oppressive apartheid system, and an emblem of an ongoing struggle to build a more just and equitable world.

Born and raised in a rural village, Mandela joined the African National Congress where he became a leading figure in the fight against apartheid.

Enduring life on the run, several long political trials, and ultimately 27 years in prison, Mandela developed a deep wisdom and a distinct ability to connect with others. As he famously said of his and others’ struggle against apartheid: ‘I learned that courage was not the absence of fear, but the triumph over it.’

It was not just his ideas, but also his magnanimous personality, resilience and charm that enabled Mandela to lead South Africa through a volatile transition. In 1994, he became the country’s first democratically elected president.

He transformed the political landscape at home and around the world, becoming one of the most influential and iconic individuals of the 20th century. Mandela’s vision remains timeless and inspiring in today’s troubled world.

In 1996 on a visit to London, Nelson Mandela said 'The response of the people of this country exceeded my wildest expectations... I wish I had big pockets, because I love each and every one of you, and I'd like to fit you in my pocket and return with you to South Africa.'

Presented by Apartheid Museum, Anti-Apartheid Movement Archives and Southbank Centre.

For more information, see the Southbank Centre website. 

Discover Southbank Centre

THE UK'S BIGGEST ARTS CENTRE CAN BE FOUND IN SOUTH BANK.

There’s always something to see and do at Southbank Centre, the bustling arts centre by the river Thames. See shows and exhibitions, take part in vibrant festivals, and look out for free music and events. Enjoy a drink or a meal in one of the many bars and restaurants or soak up the atmosphere at the iconic Royal Festival Hall. 

In addition to the Royal Festival Hall, the expansive site includes Hayward Gallery (scheduled to reopen in 2018), Queen Elizabeth Hall, Purcell Rooms and the Poetry Library.

The arts centre hosts a festival programme of over 5000 events every year across the genres of art, theatre, dance, classical and contemporary music, literature and debate. For 2017 Southbank Centre places a focus Nordic art and culture - find out more about sustainable food and communal singing, hygge and saunas, paternity leave and the struggle for gender equality

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Southbank Centre

Belvedere Road, London SE1 8XX