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South Kensington Online Talks

From artists and scientists to musicians and curators, historians and literary experts - hear from some of our leading experts in South Kensington and their guests with an exciting programme of online talks.

Imperial College Podcasts: The effects of climate change

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Imperial College London
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Imperial College's latest podcasts centre around climate change anxiety, quantum computing and climate injustice. Discover more about their priorities for the upcoming COP26 climate change summit.

A Future Podcast: Talking Culture

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Goethe-Institut
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Talking Culture is a platform for thought-provoking discussions about the future of Europe, the UK, and the world. In this edition, artist Natalie Taylor, architecture & design collective Urban Radicals and landscape architect Adam Harris talk together about their "SouthKenGreenTrail" installations.

Talking Culture: Why Theatre Matters Right Now?

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Goethe-Institut
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The Goethe-Institut's popular podcasts regularly feature a dynamic and thought-provoking selection of exclusive interviews and debates. Kris Nelson, Artist Director of LIFT discusses 'why does theatre matter right now?' against a background of rising right-wing parties, and the current challenges of COVID-19.

Imperial Events online

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You can join Imperial from wherever you are in the world with their online content and events!

The Covid Culture Shock

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How are London’s leading cultural organisations adapting for the future? Catch up on a thought-provoking panel discussion with leading voices from South Kensington’s cultural quarter via the.ismaili/tv

Women transforming South Kensington

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Hear from the key women shaping the future of South Kensington’s cultural sector in this panel discussion celebrating International Women’s Day. From starting a new urban nature movement at the Natural History Museum to a £40 million state of the art redevelopment of the Royal College of Music, join an all-female panel to discuss how women are re-shaping Albertopolis.

Onsite Talk: His Dark Materials: Dressing Mrs Coulter

15th Dec
7pm-8:45pm
V&A
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Join costume designer Caroline McCall and actor Ruth Wilson as they discuss the process of creating the stunning costumes for this iconic character for the hit HBO/BBC television series.

Edward Bulmer: The Colourful Past

13th Dec
7pm-8:45pm
V&A
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Join the V&A and explore the past, present, and future of the English Country House in this inspiring discussion between designer Edward Bulmer and broadcaster Philip Mould.

Live Conversation: Fashion Futures, Emerging Designers

2nd Dec
6pm-7pm
V&A
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This discussion will explore how emerging designers can build a career in a challenging industry and what the role of a present day and future Fashion designer looks like. Live Conversations are devised in collaboration with the V&A Youth Collective exploring topical themes important to the group.

Daphne Guiness in Conversation

8th Dec
7pm-8pm
V&A
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Join the V&A for this online talk with fashion designer, musician, stylist and perfumer Daphne Guinness, in conversation with fashion curator NJ Stevenson, for an exploration of her design inspirations and the collaborative power of the muse.

Women in Horticulture (featuring Q&A with Head Gardener Beth Handley)

14th March
6:30pm-7:30pm
The Royal Parks
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Women have played a role in The Royal Parks’ horticulture scene for a long time, but their stories have often gone untold. This Women's History Month, join Anna Barry as she spills the dirt on the roles of women gardeners and brings us up to current day.

Speakers Corner 150th Anniversary

9th Feb
6:30pm-7:30pm
The Royal Parks
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In celebration of Speakers’ Corner’s 150th Anniversary taking place in February 2023, step back in time and meet suffragette icon Christabel Pankhurst! This virtual programme will set the scene of Speakers’ Corner in the early 1900’s and regale the tales of the early days where history was made in Hyde Park.

Creature Comforts: The Victorian Connection with Animals

13th Dec
6:30pm-7:30pm
The Royal Parks
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Join a virtual talk by historian, Anna Barry, for an inside look on what animals meant to the Victorians. Learn about Queen Victoria’s love of pets, discover the story of a celebrity elephant, and meet the trailblazing women who campaigned for animal rights!

Talking Culture #10: How we wanted to live

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Goethe-Institut
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Imagine life beyond crises. A world beyond catastrophe, wars & climate crisis. How would you like to live? In this podcast, the Goethe-Institut talks to curator & project developer Isabel Raabe of Talking Objects Lab & curator & dance dramaturg Thomas Schaupp.

Earth Perspectives by Olafur Eliasson

Serpentine
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The Serpentine launches 'Earth Perspectives', a new artwork conceived by Olafur Eliasson for Earth Day 2020, comprising of nine images featuring nine different views over the Earth.

Day-Afterthoughts

Goethe-Institut
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A virus is showing us how interlinked we are globally and yet how fragile our public life is. What does the pandemic mean for each of us and for society as a whole? Artists and intellectuals from around the world respond to our present predicament and what lies in store.

The Long Time Sessions

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Serpentine
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A fortnightly online talk series on cultivating care for the world beyond our lifetimes. It brings together leading thinkers and doers from art, culture, philosophy, science, technology, law, finance and politics to take a longer view. Speakers will explore how engaging with the long-term can change the way we act in the short term.

Wild Crimes: A Natural History Museum podcast

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Natural History Museum
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Wildlife crime is one of the biggest illegal businesses in the world. In a Natural History Museum podcast, discover some of the most shocking, sensational and sinister crimes committed against the natural world, and hear from the people working to end them.

The Royal Parks Podcast

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The Royal Parks
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A podcast series where you can take a behind-the-scenes look at the eight Royal Parks. Meet some of the incredible experts who work at The Royal Parks and discover the fascinating stories of these iconic green spaces.