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  Rediscovering South Kensington  
 

Work is underway behind the scenes to get ready to welcome visitors to some of South Kensington’s venues shortly and we’ll bring you news of opening dates when they are confirmed.  Meanwhile, there’s a packed programme of online activity to keep you entertained and inspired, as well as local walking tours from Our friends at Kensington + Chelsea Art Week and the Royal Parks.

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If Not Now, When?
 
Science Museum
 
Sir Ian Blatchford describes how the Science Museum Group is focused on meaningful and ongoing change in response to Black Lives Matter.
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This Time Last Year
 
Discover South Kensington
 
This time last year hundreds of staff, students and volunteers were getting ready to host the Great Exhibition Road Festival. We’re sorry Covid-19 means we can’t do it all again this year but it means we’re even more excited about 2021. Meanwhile, relive some of the highlights of last year here.
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Venture Catalyst Challenge 2020 Grand Final
 
Imperial College London
18-26 June 2020
 
The Venture Catalyst Challenge Is Imperial’s biggest entrepreneurial competition for students. It challenges them to turn their ideas into new technologies, products and businesses. Five finalists pitch for the chance to win the £20,000 Grand Final prize.
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Kensington + Chelsea Art Week
 
Kensington + Chelsea Art Week
25 June-5 July 2020
 
To mark KCAW20 original dates and to celebrate the Festival’s 3rd anniversary, Kensington + Chelsea Art Week will present a daily run through of incredible events hosted and organised by participating galleries, museums, artist studios, and in support of the gradual awakening of our streets.
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Exploring Volcanoes Old and Young
 
Imperial College London
Thursday 25th June 12:30-1:30pm
 
Volcanoes are hot, loud and scary. As a result we know little of their internal structure or underlying ‘plumbing systems’ and still struggle to predict accurately when they might erupt. Join Professor Chris Jackson for Science Breaks as he talks about some of his recent research and answers your questions during the Q&A session.
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NHM Lates Online
 
Natural History Museum
Thursday 25th June 7:30pm
 
Explore the solar system and chat with experts about the Moon, Mars and meteors. After the talk, join in a quiz where your mission-critical knowledge of space will be tested.
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Royal Albert Home: Bedouine
 
Royal Albert Hall
Thursday 25th June 7:30pm
 
LA-based singer-songwriter Azniv Korkejian, better known as Bedouine, will deliver an exclusive set from her home as part of the Royal Albert Home sessions. Her love songs remind you of Karen Dalton’s world-wise voice or the breathy seduction of Minnie Riperton’s vocals, the easy cool of French ye-ye singers, and the poetry of Joan Baez. Mesmerising!
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Artists in Conversation: Soraya Syed
 
Leighton House Museum
Thursday 25th June 6pm
 
In the second series of conversations with contemporary artists, classically trained calligrapher, Soraya Syed, talks about her creative journey. Through the talks, Leighton House will showcase Frederic, Lord Leighton’s travels and appreciation of Turkey.
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Love Among Aliens
 
Goethe-Institut
Thursday 25th June 6pm
 
For their second international digital book club, the Goethe-Institut welcomes the award-winning German-Hungarian author, Terézia Mora, who will read her anthology "Die Liebe unter Aliens" (Love among Aliens) (2016). Join them for a lively discussion and Q&A.
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Michael Murpogo Live online
 
Institut français
Mon 29th June - Fri 3 July 5pm
 
A wonderful opportunity to see and listen to Michael Morpurgo each day as he reads an extract from Antoine de Saint-Exupéry's The Little Prince, accompanied by Kristin Scott Thomas, Ben Okri, Jade Anouka, Ruth Wilson & Thereal Nihal. Stay for the discussion afterwards othe timeless themes of this classic tale that still resonate today, from writing in times of crisis to the importance of cross-cultural relationships between countries to celebrate lasting creativity.
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Online Reading Group
 
Institut français
Thursday 9 July 2020 6pm
 
Join the Institut francais' lively reading group and discover some great francophone writers recently translated into English. Sérotonine written by one of the most provocative and prophetic novelists of his generation, is at once a devastating story of depraved masculinity, solitude, longing and individual suffering, and a powerful criticism of modern life.
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Hidden Stories of The Royal Parks
 
The Royal Parks
 
The Royal Parks have launched the first episode of the Hidden Stories of the Royal Parks podcast. Sit back and relax in the comfort of your own home as they bring the parks to you.
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The Wornington Word
 
Royal Borough of Kensington & Chelsea
 
The Wornington Green Estate in W10 is a unique part of the Royal Borough of Kensington & Chelsea, sitting adjacent to the famous Portobello Road. Soon to be demolished as part of a major regeneration project, the residents spent a year documenting and preserving a people's history, creating an installation which travelled the North of the Borough. A fascinating glimpse into the lives of individuals that make up London.
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Goethe on Demand
 
Goethe-Institut
 
The online streaming programme Goethe on Demand has been extended until 31 July 2020 - free of charge! Browse and enjoy a fantastic selection of films by Angela Schanelec, Christoph Schlingensief, Roland Klick and many more.
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Adult Education Classes at Imperial College
 
Imperial College London
July 2020
 
Imperial College runs a range of daytime and evening classes in languages, the arts and humanities, and science subjects. Open to all, you don't need any previous experience or qualifications. Summer classes start in July online,
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The Glastonbury Festival Archive
 
V&A
 
Are you wishing you were at Worthy Farm this weekend? Explore the Glastonbury Festival Archive at the V&A and find out how you can can add your memories to this eclectic and fascinating resource that documents how the Festival has developed over the past 50 years.
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Back to Earth: By Leaves We Listen
 
Serpentine Galleries
 
How can botanical knowledge support practices of ecological and personal healing? Victoria Sin and Lucia Pietroiusti co-host a round table with Emma Nicolson from Royal Botanic Garden, Edinburgh with artists Keg de Souza, Nabihah Iqbal and botanist Greg Kenicer. Featuring sound works by Rachel Pimm and Keg de Souza.
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Click & Collect
 
Institut français
 
The Institut français has launched a great Click & Collect service for borrowing and returning items. Simple, safe and free to use, all you have to do is order on line, wait for confirmation and go along and pick-up.
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Three Wicked Men
 
Royal College of Art
 
From joyful depictions of nightclubs to the tensions between police & the Afro-Caribbean community during the late 1970s & early 80s, ​Denzil Forrester (Painting, 1983) ​has been painting about the British Afro-Caribbean experience​ f​or nearly 40 years.
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Time and Balance and a Dandelion Clock
 
The Royal Society of Sculptors
 
In the last entry in the Royal Society of Sculptors' series of blogposts written by their Trustees whilst in lockdown, Richard Stone FRSS considers time and balance through the medium of a dandelion clock - a perfect, timeless form.
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K&C Life Newsletter
 
Royal Borough of Kensington & Chelsea
 
Sign-up to Kensington & Chelsea's K&C Life newsletter and get the most out of your borough with the latest events, service updates and current news.
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Trumpet Masterclass with Håkan Hardenberger
 
Royal College of Music
 
Trumpet virtuoso Håkan Hardenberger leads Jack Wilson through a masterclass on From the Wreckage, by RCM Research Fellow in Composition Mark-Anthony Turnage. Supported by the RCM Symphony Orchestra under the directorship of Timothy Lines, watch this engaging journey through a classic of contemporary concerto repertoire.
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Thinking Start Up
 
Royal College of Art
 
If you're a graduate and want to create a start-up, InnovationRCA is offering pre-seed funds, mentoring, and access to studios and office space. Apply before the deadline 7th July 2020.
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Connected
 
Design Museum Kensington
 
Connected is an experiment set out to explore how designers and craftspeople adapt their working practices during lockdown. Nine international designers have been challenged to create a table and seating, that is personal to them, for home living and working. The resulting pieces will be shown at the Design Museum when the museum re-opens to the public.
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EU 2020: The Goethe-Institut for Europe
 
Goethe-Institut
 
Crisis and the rise of the right... We refer to Europe mainly in terms of its political and economic systems, and often only when those systems are being challenged. With Brexit now a certainty, we want to address Europe as a place and as a concept - a continent formed of an international community.
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Goats colonising Wales
 
Natural History Museum
 
From goats colonising deserted streets in Wales to cleaner air and clear skies in London, the Covid-19 pandemic has presented a unique view of our world with minimal human presence. As part of a brand new public engagement initiative around the environmental impacts of the virus, the Natural History Museum is gathering data to illustrate how the movement of people has altered during lockdown.
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Why some communities at higher risk of COVID 19
 
Science Museum
 
In his latest blog exploring the science of coronavirus, Science Director Roger Highfield speaks to Sir Michael Marmot, Director of the Institute of Health Equity at UCL, about why some communities are at higher risk of COVID-19.
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From a billion COVID vaccines to its impact on emerging economies
 
Imperial College London
 
In Imperial's latest edition of podcasts, we find out how to make a billion COVID-19 vaccines, why women feel unsafe on public transport, and how emerging economies fare under COVID-19.
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  And from our friends  
 
 
 
The Sense of an Ending
 
RBKC libraries
 
RBKC Libraries Book of the Week is Julian Barne's exquisitely written The Sense of an Ending. Tony Webster and his clique first met Adrian Finn at an all boys' school. Sex-hungry and book-hungry, they traded affectations, in-jokes, rumour and wit. Now Tony is retired. He's had a career and a single marriage, a calm divorce. He's certainly never tried to hurt anybody. Memory, though, is imperfect. It can always throw up surprises, as a lawyer's letter is about to prove.
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Westminster Libraries Book of the Week: The Handmaid's Tale
 
Westminster Libraries
 
Did you know... Atwood was known to carry around newspaper clippings to demonstrate The Handmaid’s Tale’s basis in reality. Set in New England in the near future, Atwood posits a Christian fundamentalist theocratic regime in the former United States that arose as a response to a fertility crisis. Free to download with your library card.
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Discover South Kensington is an initiative of the Exhibition Road Cultural Group, a partnership of the cultural and educational organisations in and around Exhibition Road, South Kensington.

Our partners include:
 
The Design Museum
Goethe-Institut
Imperial College London
Institut franҫais
The Ismaili Centre
Kensington Palace
Natural History Museum
Royal Albert Hall
South Kensington Estates
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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