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Southbank Centre director Jude Kelly steps down

image captionJude Kelly became artistic director of the Southbank Centre in 2006

The artistic director of London's Southbank Centre has stepped down after more than a decade in the job.

Jude Kelly CBE joined in 2006 and becomes the latest high-profile woman to leave the capital's arts scene.

The 63-year-old is now focussing on the Women of the World (WOW) festival, which she founded eight years ago.

Ms Kelly said: "It is difficult to imagine a more stimulating and enjoyable time than the 12 years I've spent at the Southbank Centre."

A successor to Ms Kelly "will be announced in due course". Elaine Bedwell, the Southbank Centre's CEO, said Ms Kelly left "a strong legacy for us to celebrate and build upon".

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