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Bursting with even more digital content from London's arts and science, we bring you cinematic greats to entertain, creative ideas to inspire, and stimulating talks to engage and discuss. There is something for everyone!

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Sir Antonio Papappano conducting
 
Royal College of Music
13th May 2020 7pm
 
Sir Antonio Pappano and the RCM Orchestra bring a touch of Gallic flavour in this evocative all-French programme, including Ravel, Boulanger and Saint-Saëns, with more streamed events to follow on 20th May with Thomas Zehetmair conducting Dvořák Symphony no 8 - https://www.youtube.com/user/RCMLondon. .
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Table Top Sculpture
 
The Royal Society of Sculptors
 
The Royal Society of Sculptors has teamed up with ArtUK for this week's creative challenge - sculpture inspired by architecture. Look at books & photos for inspiration from unusual buildings, or explore the internet for ideas from around the world. Then use anything recyclable around your home and start creating!
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#RoyalAlbertHall: VE Day 75 with Katherine Jenkins
 
Royal Albert Hall
 
For the first time in their 150-year history, the Royal Albert Hall hosted a very special concert behind closed doors, marking the 75th anniversary of VE Day, with Mezzo Soprano Katherine Jenkins.
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Design Your Own Kokeshi Doll Competition
 
Japan House London
Deadline 1 June 2020
 
In celebration of Children's Day, Japan House is launching a kokeshi design competition. Kokeshi are painted wooden dolls, made by local craftspeople and characterised by their elongated, limbless bodies and large heads. Design your own kokeshi either digitially or
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NOWNESS Out of Blueprints
 
Serpentine Galleries
 
Serpentine Galleries presents a new online exhibition series on NOWNESS in partnership with contemporary artist Cao Fei, who shares her Pac-Man-inspired installation to launch the series.
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#Design Dispatches
 
Design Museum Kensington
 
#DesignDispatches invites you into the lives and work of familiar faces from the world of design, fashion and architecture including Morag Myerscough, Bella Freud, Stella McCartney and David Adjaye. Every Saturday on Instagram TV, tune in to see the Design Museum’s Director, Tim Marlow In Conversation.
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Talking Culture: Why Theatre Matters Right Now?
 
Goethe-Institut
 
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.
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Shaping Science
 
Science Museum
 
In the Science Museum’s new Shaping Science series, meet the artisans who are using a mix of traditional and modern techniques to create beautiful hand-made scientific instruments from a replica seventeenth century globe to a brass sundial and clock wheel.
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Wildlife Photographer of the Year From Home
 
Natural History Museum
 
The NHM is inviting all you budding photographers to explore nature on your doorstep. It could be from your balcony or in your back garden. Share your snaps with them on Instagram and inspire others - and stay safe! #WPYFromHome.
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Helping young people understand COVID-19
 
Imperial College London
 
A research team from Imperial College London, whose COVID-19 model influenced the UK Government's decisions, has written a version aimed at teenagers. Working with Science Journal for Kids, the article comes with lesson ideas, questions, a teacher’s key and a glossary of scientific words with their meanings explained.
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LetsMakeWednesdays - Accessibility
 
V&A
 
Every Wednesday, the V&A has some exciting ideas to nurture your creativity. Making our world safe and inclusive to all people is a key part of design. This week's challenge is to design something in your home or your community to be more accessible, like this tactile paving slab.
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Beazley Designs of the Year 2020: Public Nominations
 
Design Museum Kensington
Submissions 21 May 2020
 
What were last year's most important or inspiring designs for you? Did a design promote or deliver change? Did it take design into a new direction, or is it simply something that you believe captures the spirit of the year just gone? Make your nomination and you might see your choice in the Beazley Designs of the Year 2020 exhibition.
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Institut français: Learn French online
 
Institut français
 
Have you always wanted to learn French but never had the time? Or felt self-conscious amongst a group of strangers in a classroom? Well now you have no excuses! The Institut français has a dedicated team of native speakers who can teach you one-to-one - or even with a group of friends. Work at your own pace and really enjoy learning again. C'est si facile!
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K&C Life Newsletter
 
Royal Borough of Kensington & Chelsea
 
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V&A Open Call for Homemade Signs & Rainbow Drawings
 
V&A
 
From rainbow drawings and shop signs to hand-written notes, the V&A is collecting signs created by individuals and communities in response to the current isolation measures, and to create and preserve a rich portrait of life under lockdown expressed through visual imagery. Submit your designs to homemadesigns@vam.ac.uk
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The Great Exhibition Virtual Tour
 
Hyde Park
 
Take a virtual tour of the magnificent Crystal Palace and experience its innovative design and beauty. Constructed in 1851, it defined Prince Albert's ambitions to showcase the best of Victoria's reign.
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Goethe on Demand
 
Goethe-Institut
Free until 30th June 2020
 
Browse and enjoy a superb selection of films by cinematic greats Angela Schanelec, Christoph Schlingensief, Roland Klick and many more - and free until 30 June 2020.
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Everyday Science
 
Science Museum
 
This year the Science Museum is celebrating the science of everyday objects through a new series of online stories. So grab a cuppa and settle down to learn about that mid-century icon, the Teasmade, or explore the illuminating story of how electric lighting transformed our homes.
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Imperial College Wellness Survey
 
Imperial College London
 
Imperial College London researchers have launched a new wellness survey to explore the impact pandemic lockdown has had on our mental health, and what determines how we cope with isolation.
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Disease-carrying mosquitoes could be common in Europe by 2030
 
Imperial College London
 
Climate change could mean mosquitoes that can carry diseases like dengue, zika and yellow fever become established in southern Europe within 10 years, reveals a new study from Imperial College London.
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Is Surveillance the Answer?
 
Royal Geographical Society (with IBG)
 
South Korea is a success story for managing Covid19. Is surveillance the answer?
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Try Something Different!
 
The Town House Restaurant at The Kensington
 
If you're bored of making banana bread, try something different like The Town House Kensington's delicious Guinness Bread.
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The Ismaili Centre
Kensington Palace
Natural History Museum
Royal Albert Hall
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Royal College of Art
Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea
Royal College of Music
Royal Commission for the Exhibition of 1851
Royal Geographical Society (with IBG)
The Royal Parks
Serpentine Galleries
The Science Museum
Victoria and Albert Museum
The Royal Society of Sculptors
Japan House
 
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