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Spain comes to the Southbank

Visitors have a taste of Spain on the Southbank Credit: Atomic PR
The festival features market stallholders from Barcelona's world famous market, La Boqueria Credit: Atomic PR

Thousands of Londoners and tourists have been along to the Southbank to sample the delights of the Campo Viejo Streets of Spain Festival.

The celebration, which last year saw 160,000 visitors, features food from Barcelona's world famous market, La Boqueria, entertainment and even the chance to blend your own Rioja.

The festival will also host what is hoped to be the world’s largest multi-sensory wine experiment, with more than 2000 people expected to take part. The event also runs tomorrow.

Spanish Festival spices up the Southbank

The tastes, smells and sights of Spain have come to the streets of London this weekend in celebration of Iberian food, culture and art.

The Southbank Centre is hosting pop-up tapas restaurants, cooking masterclasses and film screenings.

The Streets of Spain festival will celebrate iberian food and culture. Credit: PA

Traders from the famous La Boqueria market in Barcelona will be selling their produce which comes direct from the one of the city's main streets, Las Ramblas.

Spanish urban artists Okuda and Remed will also perform live art installations.

The organisers are hoping the event will be even bigger than last year which attracted 160,000 visitors.

Sophie Ellis-Bextor in the big charity switch off

This Saturday Sophie Ellis-Bextor will be unveiling WWF's giant light bulb for the big switch off ready for Earth Hour. Charity WWF first launched Earth Hour in Australia in 2007 and since then it has become the world's largest environment campaign.

The campaign encourages major landmarks across the world to switch off their lights for one hour. Last year's even saw 7000 towns and cities across 154 countries take part and this year Sophie will lead the 8.30pm swithc off with a candle lit performance at the South Bank centre

Malala Yousafzai to speak at WOW festival in London

Malala Yousafzai gives a speech at the inaugural WE Day UK at Wembley Arena. Credit: Laura Lean/PA wire

Malala Yousafzai, Vivienne Westwood and Katie Price are to speak at the Women of the World Festival at London's Southbank Centre today.

The annual event sees 300 speakers and performers from around the world take part in talks and concerts to mark International Women's Day.

Malala, who was shot in the head by the Taliban in 2012, is set to speak about the relationship between Pakistani and British societies, and how harmful it is for western countries to be complacent or blind to their own injustices.

She will also discuss the work of the Malala Fund and how it is changing the lives of young girls around the globe.


Southbank centre revamp put on hold in skatepark row

The Southbank centre had intended to move the skatepark 120m from its current location. Credit: Southbank Centre.

Plans for a £120 million makeover at the Southbank Centre have been put on hold after Boris Johnson waded into a row over the position of the area's skatepark.

The Southbank Centre had wanted to move it 120 meters away, but the Mayor said that he didn't think it should be moved.

The arts organisation said today that it would put the process on hold for three months, to try to find a funding solution to the problem. If the skatepark isn't moved, they will miss out on revenue from shops and restaurants that they had hoped to move into the undercroft.

A spokesman said:

"The Mayor has the final say in the planning process and the scheme is therefore unlikely to gain planning permission without the retention of the skate park."

Boris Johnson insists Southbank skate park must stay

Boris Johnson says he supports plans to redevelop parts of the Southbank Centre - but the skaters must remain in the current undercroft.

The famous undercroft on London's Southbank Credit: ITV News

Speaking at a planning meeting at City Hall, Mr Johnson said:

"The skate park is the epicentre of UK skateboarding and is part of the cultural fabric of London. This much-loved community space has been used by thousands of young people over the years.

"It attracts tourists from across the world and undoubtedly adds to the vibrancy of the area - it helps to make London the great city it is."

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