What's On in January 2020

Just like that Christmas is over, and winter is really starting to set in. The exciting events in South Kensington keep coming to see you through the winter with incredible nights out, talks and workshops.

We’ve done a roundup of some of the most exciting events happening in South Kensington to help fight off those winter blues! Whether you’re in for a night out or to learn something new at a talk there is always something for everyone.

Night Out

Silent Disco at the Natural History Museum 

If you want to boogey amongst the incredible collections at the Natural History Museum, just don some headphones and join the silent disco on the 31st of January. Choose your own music as 3 different DJs do separate sets on different wireless channels. The event will have a fully stocked bar to help you dance the night away in one of the most incredible venues in London.

Cirque Du Soleil - Luzia

The Royal Albert Hall is hosting Cirque Du Soleil from the 12th, who are bringing their dazzling spectacle, Luzia to Europe for the very first time. Luzia takes you to an imaginary dreamlike Mexico. With a surrealistic series of grand visual surprises and breathtaking acrobatic performances, LUZIA cleverly brings to the stage multiple places, faces and sounds of Mexico taken from both tradition and modernity. This show is unmissable, and will amaze all ages.

Late Night Jazz: Luna Cohen at Royal Albert Hall

For a more intimate night of beautiful music check out Luna Cohen performing in the Elgar Room at Royal Albert Hall on the 30th of January. Luna celebrates the diversity of Brazillian culture, weaving together Afro-Brazilian influences, Samba and Bossa Nova, and her own modern twist. A perfect opportunity to soak in beautiful music in a low key setting.

Night of Ideas

For an incredible night of intellectual, free debates from French, British, and European perspectives the Institut Francais is hosting it's annual Night of Ideas, focusing on our relationship with nature and AI. With a program of talks, debates, interactive exhibits, films and more the Night of Ideas will expand your perspective on how technology will change how we adapt for the future.


London Short Film Festival: Rainer Kohlberger Retrospective + Q&A at the Science Museum

If you prefer a night at the movies there a plenty of screenings happening at the different venues in South Kensington. The London Short Film Festival is returning, and on the 13th the Science museum is hosting a co-curated evening of science and film art which celebrates the work of Rainer Kohlberger, a Berlin based visual artist and designer. His work is based on algorithmically generated graphics, and therefore exists at the intersection of creating art with science. This evening of short films is bound to expand how we think about the interaction of science and art.


Winter Sunday Create and Make: Puppetry

If the family are feeling creative, on the 26th the Design Museum is hosting a puppet making workshop all inspired by ‘The Magic Flute’, showing in the Beazley Designs of the Year exhibition.  This workshop will not only make you create a design for your puppet, but also think about how the design will impact the movement and the character you want to create. 

Make a Tinyjohn Terrarium 

The Royal Society of Sculptors are hosting London Terrariums on the 16th where you can learn how to build your own Tinyjohn Terrarium, and how it survives as it's very own, self-contained ecosystem. This event is perfect if you want to get your hands dirty and build something unique and beautiful. Get in quick, there's only 20 places available. 


Re-envisioning the Promised land: Orientalism through Olana at Leighton House

For some lesser known history the Leighton House Museum is hosting a talk on the 27th of January on themes of American Orientalism seen through the work of New York based artist Frederic Church (1826-1900) from his home Olana in New York. This will be contrasted with the work of Lord Leighton in West London. This talk considers how these elements of Church’s work were expressed in his personal residence while exploring the relationship and key distinctions between American and British approaches to Orientalism.

Travel Writing evening at the Royal Geographical Society

We've all dreamed of being paid to travel the world and this event is an excellent chance to hear from people who have managed to make It a reality. The Royal Geographical Society has brought together a panel of award winning journalists whose work has appeared in publications such as National Geographic, BBC Wildlife Magazine, Lonely Planet. If you want to become a travel journalist, or just become a bit better at capturing your own memories while travelling this will be an unmissable evening.

Surrealism then and now at the V&A

To help add context to the surrealist art movement, on the 28th of January the V&A are hosting a talk from acclaimed set designer Shona Heath on the origins and continued influence of Surrealist art in our culture. Surrealist art is all about championing the irrational workings of the mind, and it’s still celebrated today.  This is a great opportunity to learn more about this important movement in modern art, and where it all came from. 


Women in science tour

On the 16th and 30th of January head to the Science Museum to learn about the incredible women who have changed the face of science. Throughout the tour there will be some familiar faces, and some women who have been previously unrecognised in the history of science. This tour will shed light on the women who have defied the odds and changed the face of scientific exploration and innovation.


Sound in Mind: Yuri Suzuki

Through January to March Yuzi Suzuki’s Sound in Mind exhibit is showing at the Design Museum. This unmissable exhibit showcases the sound artists past works and new interactive pieces which explore how we navigate and connect to the world around us through sound. Be immersed in the exhibit and learn more of novel implementations of sound design into the future.

The Art of Innovation: From Enlightenment to Dark Matter

This brilliant exhibition is wrapping up on January 26th, so this month is the last chance to catch it! The Art of Innovation: From Enlightenment to Dark Matter examines the relationship between science and art, and how social change and scientific progress has interacted throughout history. See iconic artworks and amazing machinery and inventions which have threatened human society and allowed us to discover more about our world.

 If you are still not sure where to go, take a look at our calendar of events to find out what is on - you will also find our website is packed with events, stories from the area and some great competitions! Don't forget to sign up to our fortnightly newsletter (via our website) if you want to be kept up to date with what's on in South Kensington.

Winter Sunday Create and Make: Puppetry at the Design Museum
Winter Sunday Create and Make: Puppetry at the Design Museum
Women in Science Tour hosted at the Science Museum
Women in Science Tour hosted at the Science Museum
Silent Disco at the Natural History Museum
Silent Disco at the Natural History Museum
Cirque Du Soleil's Luzia at the Royal Albert Hall
Surrealism Then and Now at the V&A
Late Night Jazz: Luna Cohen at the Royal Albert Hall
Travel Writing Panel at The Royal Geographical Society
Make a Tinyjohn Terrarium at the Royal Society of Sculptors
Sound in Mind exhibition by Yuri Suzuki
The Art of Innovation: From Enlightenment to Dark Matter at the Science Museum