Despite summer having gone awol, and today being greyer than underwear that has made a lifetime’s habit if sneaking into the dark wash, people were out to enjoy themselves on the Southbank for the last weekend of the Festival of Love.
If you’re thinking, as I did, hang on a second, wasn’t the Festival of Love last year? Yes, it was.
My own guess is that this is a cost cutting exercise as the Southbank was not as exuberant as in previous summers; most of the installations had, to my eye, the air of being cheaper options.
But the theme was given a twist; love as a political force. Apparently there above the QEH there was an installation reworking Mandela’s statement that “if people can be taught to hate, they can be taught to love”, but I was blowed if I could find it. Unless this was it.
In the RFH there were posters with pictures of Change Makers, people whose actions have improved the world.