Pestival @ Southbank Centre (Friday 4 – Sunday 6 September)

September 4, 2009toSeptember 6, 2009


Pestival – celebrating insects in art, and the art of being an insect

A three-day festival of insect-inspired music, comedy, talks, nature trails and insect/human interaction

For three buzzing days in September, swarms of ‘insecterested’ or the merely curious will be attracted to Southbank Centre like moths to a flame to experience Pestival, a celebration of insect life. The festival brings together scientists, thinkers, artists, performers and musicians to explore the insect world.

Highlights will include:

  • The Termite pavilion – a giant walk-in termite mound
  • Insect-inspired music in the ‘Queen Bee Hall’ hosted by Robyn Hitchcock
  • Robin Ince’s night of insect comedy with guests including Garth Merenghi
  • Experimental insect music with Chris Watson featuring The Bee Symphony with Southbank Centre’s very own bees
  • Beecab – a London Taxi in the form of a bumblebee with working beehive in front seat


The packed Pestival weekend will take over the venues and spaces of Southbank Centre including the Royal Festival Hall and Queen Elizabeth Hall, which will be renamed the Royal Pestival Hall and Queen Bee Hall for the weekend.

Events include:

  • a nature trail with insect ID walks
  • talks
  • workshops and experiments
  • Cross Pollination – an evening of experimental insect music with Chris Watson
  • Bob and Roberta Smith’s Mobile Brownfield site
  • a Beecab, raising awareness of the plight of the bees
  • insect comedy with Robin Ince and guests, including Garth Merenghi
  • live insect shows
  • an urban insect garden
  • a giant human bee hive
  • insect-related songs with added clicks, rubbings and hisses with Robyn Hitchcock
  • The Termite Pavilion, a large termite inspired architectural structure in form of a six-metre cube which will be situated on Southbank Centre Square

Ticketed Southbank Centre Pestival events will be on sale from Tuesday 23 June.