House of Pain image; man in purple light

This is the third Urban Festival for Bankside and Borough which is supported through Regeneration and Community Partnerships at Tate, attracting artists from all over the world.

MERGE, the annual arts, music and performance festival celebrating the contemporary culture and rich heritage of Bankside, returns to London’s dynamic cultural and business district between 19 September and 20 October 2013. Prepare for the transformation of Bankside landmarks such as the river walkway (near Tate Modern), the Kirkaldy Testing Museum and Flat Iron Square, as artists, performers and collectives interpret the space with an awareness of the historical culture of the environment. The festival features internationally renowned artist Candy Chang, who is constructing her famous piece Before I Die, whilst award-winning artist James Capper uses a unique Victorian testing machine to create new sculptures within the Kirkaldy Testing Museum.

Merge is created by Better Bankside with Regeneration & Community Partnerships at Tate, making Bankside a place to work, live, visit, and do business, and leading Bankside-based arts events company, Illuminate Productions.

Key highlights include

Bankside Transformed

Artists Candy Chang, Alex Chinneck, Mark Logue and Marcus Lyall celebrate the continuing regeneration of Bankside by converting hoardings and buildings into public works of art.

James Capper and The Kirkaldy Museum

Merging art and science, award-winning artist Capper will be working with a unique Victorian water powered Hydraulic Testing Machine to create new sculptures.

Oscillatorial Binnage – Music at Breaking point

Sound artists Dan Wilson and Chris Weaver, will perform a site specific piece in the Kirkaldy Testing Museum. The space will become alive with sounds generated from within itself.

Stillpoint Theatre – The Department of Unreliable Memoirs

The Department of Unreliable Memoirs takes place in a tiny office in a government department that time and economic rationalism forgot.


An ongoing series of arts, technology, science and music crossover experiences designed to create a universal platform for discovery.

Music by the River

The outdoor Riverside Stage on the walkway by Millennium Bridge hosts live bands showcasing original song writing and musical talent during the first two weekends of the festival.

To find out more about Merge Festival visit the website.