Oliver Marlow Creative Director & Co-founder


The Festival Village is a multi-layered collaboratively created social space for artists from across the world, which includes a café, bar, library, exhibition and performance space.

The space, under the Queen Elizabeth Hall at Southbank Centre, was designed and built using a unique codesign and comake process over a 4 month period, involving over 200 volunteers from around London. The Festival Village forms part of Southbank Centre’s ‘Festival of the World’ with MasterCard, a summer long festival including inspirational arts projects from the UK and around the world.

The brief for the Festival Village was to create an inspiring and multi-layered space where all those taking part in the Festival of the World – from world-renowned international artists to local volunteers – would feel at home, Andrew Lock, Partner at LYN Atelier says, ‘In keeping with Southbank Centre’s festival it seemed absolutely appropriate to propose a participatory delivery process. We wanted to create a community that would bring spontaneity, diversity and richness to the project and to the festival’.

Working with the Southbank Centre’s in-house teams, LYN and TILT put an open call out to London’s creative community and beyond, encouraging them to get involved in designing and building the Festival Village. Throughout the entire project, over 200 members of the public participated in the design and making of the Festival Village. They came from all sorts of backgrounds including architecture, design and construction, but many came simply because they wanted to try something new.

Date created: February 2012 2012-02-01T00:00:00+0000
Date published: 9 February 2016 2016-02-09T09:26:17+0000


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