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  The Great Exhibition Road Festival - One World  
 

The Great Exhibition Road Festival returns this autumn from 9th-15th October with a chance to meet the scientists, artists, designers and innovators finding solutions in the fight against climate change, from community projects to global action.

Can science and the arts help inspire a greener future for the planet we share? Join us for a celebration of our remarkable world in South Kensington and online to explore how together we can protect its future against the threat of climate change.

Discover a week of free events for all ages, in South Kensington and online, from our iconic museums, cultural centres and leading research institutions in and around Exhibition Road. Bookings are now open!

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Open House at the Institut français
 
Institut français
Saturday 11 - Sunday 12 September Hourly tours 1pm - 5pm
 
As part of Open House London, discover the fascinating history behind the Institut français and its stunning Art Deco architecture including its Grade II listed library and Ciné Lumière, where the multi award-winning film, Annette, is currently showing.
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Royal Philharmonic Orchestra at 75 A Star-Studded Celebration
 
Royal Albert Hall
Tuesday 21 September 2021 Starts: 7:30pm
 
Join the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra to celebrate 75 years at the forefront of music-making in the UK with a star-studded concert. This very special occasion will also welcome Vasily Petrenko as the RPO’s new Music Director.
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Royal College of Music welcomes live performances again
 
Royal College of Music
From 19 September 2021
 
The Royal College of Music is excited to announce their programme of live events in their newly unveiled, state-of-the-art Performance Hall, Highlights of the autumn season include the return of masterclasses and a series of orchestral masterworks concerts.
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Chris Hadfield in conversation with Professor Lucie Green
 
Science Museum
Wed 29 September 2021 7:30pm-8:45pm
 
Ahead of the release of his debut thriller novel 'The Apollo Murders', astronaut Chris Hadfield joins Professor Lucie Green by live video link to discuss his life and career in spaceflight.
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September Third Thursday
 
The Royal Society of Sculptors
Thurs 16 September 2021 6:30pm-8pm
 
Whether you are new to illustration, or have been experimenting with visual language for a while, this workshop will help you to create imaginative, unique images that tell a story.
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Out of Thin Air
 
Royal Geographical Society (with IBG)
Tues 14 September 2021 6.15pm - 10.00pm
 
Join the RGS for the opening reception of the exhibition featuring paintings of the Himalayas by three artists: Patrick Cullen, Tobit Roche and Tim Scott Bolton followed by the premiere of a documentary film by Jack Hextall about their painting expedition in April 2019.
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Go Jauntly around South Ken
 
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Discover South Ken has teamed up with Go Jauntly to produce a fun walk around South Kensington. Download the free app and explore the area as it comes alive with new installations and a green trail for visitors.
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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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London Design Festival
 
London Design Festival
18-26 September 2021 Times vary
 
London Design Festival returns to celebrate and promote London as the design capital of the world. and takes place across the city and South Kensington. The V&A will once again be the hub of the Festival, exploring the challenges of climate change through design through installations, events, tours, and talks..
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Voices.Europe
 
Goethe-Institut
Sat 11 September 2021 Online
 
A generation born around 1945 is given a voice in this extraordinary music and exchange project about the past, present, and future of Europe. Inspired by interviews from the European Archive of Voices, the Russian-German composer Michael Langemann has created the musical work of art called Voices.Europe.
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How to grow a wildflower point for pollinators
 
Natural History Museum
Online
 
Growing native wildflowers is an excellent way to provide the right food for pollinating insects, making life better for your local wildlife. If you haven't got a lot of space, you can grow wildflowers in a container. You'll be able to enjoy a burst of colourful and interesting flowers while watching visiting bees, butterflies and other pollinators.
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Alice in Numberland
 
Great Exhibition Road Festival
Friday 24 September 2021 Online 12:30-1:30pm
 
Mathematical concepts of space, time, logic and scale run throughout Carroll’s most famous creation – Alice in Wonderland. Explore the world of 19th century mathematics that so fascinated Carroll, and how radical ideas in logic at that time might have influenced his own creative mind.
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Chelsea History Festival
 
Chelsea History Festival
17-26 September 2021 Various Times
 
Chelsea History Festival is taking place 17 - 26 September 2021 and there's plenty for all the family! They have a variety of events to inspire budding young authors and their new ‘Street through Time’, where you can journey through 2000 years of London history and clash blades at Sword School.
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Discover South Kensington
 
From great exhibitions to debates with experts, and fun activities to try at home, there’s so much more to discover here.
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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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