Festival of Love

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.

Welcome

Welcome

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.

Love

Love

In the RFH there were posters with pictures of Change Makers, people whose actions have improved the world.

Pavan Amara

Pavan Amara


Some Southbank perennial favourites drew crowds of onlookers and participants. Wise people brought towels and spare clothes.

Water Rooms

Water Rooms


 Wet

Wet


But the big event today was that this was the Big Wedding Weekend. It was almost enough to make me want to get married.
Big Wedding Weekend

Big Wedding Weekend


Big Wedding Breakfast

Big Wedding Breakfast

Dressing Up

Dressing Up

Dancing on the Terrace

Dancing on the Terrace

Wedding Cake

Wedding Cake

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5 thoughts on “Festival of Love

    • Big Wedding Weekend is great. I wish some of my friends would get married there. More joyous and less astronomically expensive than most weddings, and for me, conveniently local!

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