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Ólafur Arnalds announces Southbank Centre takeover

By | Published on Tuesday 18 June 2019

Ólafur Arnalds

Ólafur Arnalds has announced an event that he is calling Opia, which will see him and a selection of guests take over the Southbank Centre in London for one night in November. Performances will take place in all of the venue’s halls, as well as other corners and corridors where something can be set up.

Opia is defined in John Koenig’s ‘Dictionary of Obscure Sorrows’ as “the ambiguous intensity of looking someone in the eye”. Choosing this name for the event, says Arnalds, reflects “the closeness of the creative community to which these artists belong”.

“For this first edition of Opia I have gathered friends, collaborators and artists who inspire me in the beautiful space of Southbank Centre, in order to create an environment that encourages creative experiments, collaborative endeavours and a celebration of their art”, he adds.

Other artists involved in the event, which will take place on 8 Nov, include Grandbrothers, Rhye, Poppy Ackroyd, Högni & Ensemble, Hania Rani and Josin. Tickets are set to go on sale on Thursday. More details here.

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