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  Celebrating Design in South Ken  
 

As part of the London Design Festival, South Kensington's cultural district is celebrating design this week with the centre of the Festival based at the V&A. Running until 26th September, the programme focuses on design thinking in the challenge of climate change and includes a pavilion constructed from the world's lowest carbon footprint aluminium, a real-time growing couture gown worn by an artist robot and former stones from the V&A making a comeback as street furniture.

The Brompton Design District is also hosting a pop-up programme of exhibits presenting new and experimental designs with the theme 'From Here Onwards' following a year that has challenged us to think differently.

And finally, the first in-person V&A Lates in over a year is returning this Friday!

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London Design Festival - Between Forest and Skies
 
V&A
On until 17th Oct
 
Step inside this immersive, low-carbon aluminium pavilion which seemingly floats in water in the V&A's John Madejski Garden. Designed by Nebbia Works, it illustrates the strength and durability of aluminium as a material.
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Friday Late: Design For Our Times
 
V&A
Friday 24 September 2021 6:30pm-10pm
 
Friday Late is back at the V&A with a night of live performances, workshops, DJing and installations. Entry is included when you book a free, timed ticket to the museum.
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Image credit: © Mark Hazeldine Photography  
Serpentine Pavilion 2021
 
Serpentine
Ends 17 October 2021 10am - 6pm
 
Last chance to see the 20th Serpentine Pavilion, designed by the Johannesburg-based practice Counterspace and architect, Sumavya Vally, before it ends on 17 October.
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London Design Festival - Placeholders
 
V&A
Wed 22 – Sun 26 September
 
Discover the enduring possibilities of reusing stone with this outdoor installation and documentary as part of London Design Festival. Historic, large and precious stone that previously made up the V&A building, now makes a comeback in the form of street furniture.
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Jameel Prize: Poetry to Politics
 
V&A
until Sunday, 28 November 2021 Wed–Sun 10am-5:45pm
 
From graphic design to fashion, architecture to activism, this edition of the Prize will celebrate contemporary design inspired by Islamic tradition. The eight designers hail from India, Iran, Lebanon, Pakistan, Saudi Arabia, the UAE and the UK.
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Royal Style in the Making
 
Kensington Palace
Until Sun 2 January 2022 Wed-Sun 10am-6pm
 
Explore the relationship between fashion designer and royal client. Featuring items from the archives of some of the most celebrated royal couturiers of the 20th century, alongside the glittering gowns and stylish tailoring created for three generations of royal women, the exhibition also includes the wedding dress of Diana, Princess of Wales.
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Brompton Design District
 
London Design Festival
18-26 September 2021
 
Explore works across Brompton Design District by leading designers and emerging talent during London Design Festival. Head over to Exhibition Road to see Jona Luswata's Designpost and ‘New Contracts’ by Royal College of Art MA Design Products graduates at 35-36 Thurloe Place, showing graduation work that questions the relationships designers have with technology, each other, non-humans society and the state.
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Crafting Stories in Yoruba Design
 
Design Museum Kensington
Wed 6 October 2021 6:30pm-8pm
 
Listen to three designers discuss how they are sharing stories, preserving heritage and promoting sustainable practice through their distinct approaches to Yoruba design.
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The Great Exhibition Road Festival: One World
 
Great Exhibition Road Festival
9-15 October 2021 Times vary
 
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.
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London Spanish Film Festival
 
Institut français
Thu 23 - Wed 29 September 2021 Times vary
 
The London Spanish Film Festival returns to Ciné Lumière for its 17th year. Expect the best and most anticipated Spanish films, from newcomers to veteran directors, new releases to classics, animated films for the family and so much more!
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October Third Thursday
 
The Royal Society of Sculptors
Thurs 21 October 6.30pm - 8.00pm
 
Join London Terrariums for one of their highly popular terrarium making workshops at the Royal Society of Sculptors. Learn to make one of these stunning objects and watch them grow for years to come.
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The Wildian on Golborne Road
 

On until mid-Oct
 
Spot The Wildian on Golborne Road - a planter inspired by the extravagant designs of Victorian terrariums. Part of RBKC's Bee Superhighway and the South Kensington Green Trail.
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South Ken Green Trail
 
Discover South Kensington
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South Ken is coming alive with exciting new installations and a green trail for visitors. Pop-up nature hubs and installations created by architects, artists and garden designers will leave you buzzing with new ideas and inspiring visions for a greener future. Download our trail map
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Japan House Pedestrian Crossing
 
Japan House London
14 - 22 September 2021
 
Kensington is embarking on a mission to rebrand and revitalise Kensington High Street. As part of London Design Festival two ‘creative crossings’ were unveiled to the public. This large scale geometric project, unveiled by Chelsie Giles, bronze medallist for Judo at the Tokyo 2020 Games, was designed by award-winning Artist Tokolo Asao.
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Morning yoga at the Natural History Museum
 
Natural History Museum
Sun 10 October 2021 8am-9:15am
 
Find your zen at the Natural History Museum with a unique yoga class hosted in collaboration with East of Eden. Rise and shine with an invigorating yoga class followed by a live gong bath and exclusive access to the Dinosaur gallery while it is closed to the public.
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New Imperial Evening Classes in October
 
Imperial College London
Starting 1 October 2021 Onsite & Online
 
Research has shown that maintaining a healthy mind is essential to physical health and happiness. So why not stimulate your mind with the adult education programme from Imperial College? They're offering a range of courses in the arts, humanities, languages and sciences, and they are open to all adults - you don't need previous experience in a subject or entrance qualifications
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  Competitions  
 
 
 
Win a pair of tickets to see Sneakers Unboxed: Studio to Street at The Design Museum
 
Design Museum Kensington
Competition ends 30th September
 
For all you sneaker lovers, we have a pair of tickets to give away for The Design Museum's current exhibition - Sneakers Unboxed: From Studio to Street. This major exhibition explores one of the most universal design objects, bought and worn by millions of people worldwide every day.
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Green Sauce Cookshow
 
Goethe-Institut
Sat 25 September 2021 Online 6pm-7pm
 
Try something different. Are you living in the UK or Germany? Are you aged 16-19 years old? Join the Goethe-Institut who have teamed up with Newkinco for an intercultural virtual cooking show. You don't have to be a great cook or even speak German!
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  And from our friends  
 
 
 
RHS Botanical Art & Photography Show 2021
 
Royal Horticultural Show & Saatchi Gallery
18 Sep – 3 Oct 2021 Mon–Sun 10am–6pm; Thurs 10am–9pm
 
World-class photography and art is brought together in one fabulous show at the Saatchi Gallery. The event will feature more than 200 of the best botanical artwork and garden photography by 34 global artists.
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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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