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  Festival Fun in South Ken!  
 

Join us for a summer of festivals with dance, theatre, street art, and more!  Come and enjoy London without the crowds.  We have so much to keep you entertained

The Kensington + Chelsea Festival kicks off this week bringing you two months filled with music, dance, poetry and more.  Expect exceptional performances in surprising and unusual places across the Royal Borough - including of course Exhibition Road

The V&A is throwing a three-day Glastonbury Festival Weekender with the chance to drink in the sights, sounds and stories of Glastonbury with the museum’s interactive festival experiences

The Great Exhibition Road Festival also returns to South Kensington in October (9th-15th) to explore how art and science can help inspire a better future for the planet we share. They also have a fantastic programme of online events throughout the year.

 
 
  Competitions  
 
 
 
South Ken Winning Teams Revealed
 

The London Festival of Architecture and Discover South Kensington has announced the winning teams in the South Ken Green Trail design competition – a series of three ‘green interventions’ on Exhibition Road this summer creating habitat to support biodiversity and the recovery of London’s arts and science district. We're excited to be working with Seyi Adelekun with Wayward; Urban Radicals; and Mizzi Studio.

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  What's on  
 
 
 
Glastonbury Weekender
 
V&A
Opening Fri 25 June 2021 Online & Onsite times vary
 
Traverse 50 years of Glastonbury's festival history through sights, sounds, and stories. The Glastonbury Weekender explores the legacy and impact of the Festival with a dynamic programme of free events responding to the Festival archive.
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Kensington+Chelsea Festival
 
Royal Borough of Kensington & Chelsea
21 June-31 August Times vary
 
As part of this year's Kensington + Chelsea Festival, their theatre programme has a host of events across the borough, from one-person performances and comedy to cabaret and musicals.
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Royal Albert Hall Presents 150th Anniversary Concert
 
Royal Albert Hall
Monday 19 July 2021 Starts: 7:30pm
 
Join the Royal Albert Hall on an epic musical celebration of their 150th birthday. To mark the auspicious occasion, David Arnold (James Bond films, Independence Day, Sherlock) turns his compositional genius to create a musical history of the Hall. The ten movements of this epic new work give a snapshot of the Hall’s unique history in a sonic journey through science, war and the suffragettes through to the present day and into the future.
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V&A opens new Design 1900-Now Gallery
 
V&A
Wednesday–Sunday, 10.00–17.45
 
The V&A has opened a new permanent gallery exploring how design shapes how we live, work, travel, communicate and consume. The gallery includes Margaret Calvert and Jock Kinneir’s iconic British road signage system, Kim Kardashian’s Selfish book and Nike’s Nigeria football shirt for the 2018 World Cup.
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Exhibition Evenings at the Natural History Museum
 
Natural History Museum
Thursday 29 July 6:30pm-9:30pm
 
Experience the Museum after the doors have closed and visit their two most popular exhibitions as the sun goes down. Immerse yourself in the breathtaking diversity of the natural world in the Wildlife Photographer of the Year exhibition and discover Fantastic Beasts™: The Wonder of Nature exhibition, where the real world and the Wizarding World intertwine.
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The Great Exhibition Road Festival 2021
 
Discover South Kensington
Online & Onsite times vary
 
Join us for a celebration of science and the arts. Discover the Festival at home with our new exhibition, Fantasies of Exhibition Road, and a year-round digital events programme for all ages, featuring talks, workshops, interviews and more each month.
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Fantastic Beasts: The Wonder of Nature
 
Natural History Museum
17 May - 3 January Mon-Sun 10am-5:50pm
 
Discover where the real and wizarding worlds intertwine, and how the wonders of the natural world have inspired myths, legends and magical creatures for generations. 
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Walking Tour: Hidden Stories of Hyde Park
 
The Royal Parks
Fri 17 September 2021 12:00-1:30pm
 
Explore the history of Hyde Park through the decades, from the notorious criminals that met their untimely end at the Tyburn Tree, the inception of Speakers' Corner and the park's instrumental role during WW1.
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Summer Exhibition 2021 Shape & Form
 
The Royal Society of Sculptors
Until Sunday 19 September Weekdays 11am - 5pm; Saturday 12-5pm
 
The 2021 Summer Exhibition has been curated by Sigrid Kirk, inspired by the possibility of a new exuberant era for the arts. Drawing a parallel between the 1920s and 2020s, Sigrid looks to the years following World War I and the 1918 flu pandemic as inspiration for a manic flight into sociability.
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Asmaa Alanbari: Gilgamesh
 
Institut français
Fri 2 July | 4-8pm with live music at 6pm Sat 3 July + Sun 4 July | 3-7pm
 
Asmaa Alanbari is an exhibition curator interested in telling the stories of communities through immersive experiences. She directs the interplay of light, colour, form and sound, bringing to life plans of the imagination into three dimensions. Her new exhibition ‘Gilgamesh’ (2,500 BC Babylon, Iraq) fuses painting, video projections and music to reinterpret the ancient myth in a contemporary way.
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10gram Challenge
 
The Royal Society of Sculptors
5 Jul - 19 Sep 11am-5pm
 
During lockdowns, more than 250 of the Royal Society of Sculptors' members worldwide created the bronze sculptures in this exhibition, using just 10 grams of modelling wax, which were then cast into bronze. The project is a creative response to the time of uncertainty and isolation caused by the Covid-19 pandemic.
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  Go Digital  
 
 
 
Online Talk: What Artists Wear
 
V&A
Tuesday, 29 June 2021 Online 7pm-8pm
 
Join fashion critic Charlie Porter in conversation with Business of Fashion's Tim Blanks for an illuminating look at the clothing of artists from Cindy Sherman to Francis Bacon, presenting a new way of understanding artists and dress.
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Royal College of Art 2021
 
Royal College of Art
26 June - 4 July Online
 
During Kensington+Chelsea Artweek, discover graduate work by Royal College of Art students from around the world. Engage with a programme of events, explore collections by guest curators, and immerse yourself in the thinking of the world’s most talented emerging artists and designers.
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Learn German & Own Your Future
 
Goethe-Institut
Courses from 8 July-7 Nov 2021
 
Study German online in their virtual classrooms with live sessions and follow individual exercises at your own pace. Choose your level from beginner (A1, A2) to intermediate (B1, B2) to advanced (C1, C2). Learn German and get qualified for your future.
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  Places to stay  
 
 
 
The Kensington
 
109-113 Queen's Gate

Located in the heart of South Kensington, the stylish Kensington hotel sits only moments from The Royal Albert Hall, The Victoria and Albert Museum, Kensington Gardens and world-famous Harrods. With open fires, high ceilings and heritage décor, the hotel’s elegant drawing rooms evoke a sense of Victorian grandeur and provide the perfect setting to read a good book or a tête-à-tête. Guestrooms and suites reflect a delicate blend of period charm and modern comfort while the hotel’s signature suites take luxury to a new level.

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  And from our friends  
 
 
 
The Great Exhibition²
 
Great Exhibition Road Festival
 
The Great Exhibition² is an innovative new STEM project, delivered by Imperial College London and Big Ideas, inviting young people across London to enter their own ‘Incredible Innovations’ for a chance to showcase them at The Great Exhibition Road Festival.
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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
Westminster City Council
 
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