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Your guide to uplifting and inspiring experiences in South Kensington 

We've pulled together ideas for different ways to get your cultural fix in South Ken. Learn a new skill at the V&A Academy, spot the next star of opera at the Royal College of Music, or turn your hand to screen printing at the Design Museum, inspired by the exhibition Amy: Beyond the Stage. Or head over to the Royal Albert Hall for a Sunday morning of classical music and coffee. 

Take a look at one of the great exhibitions in the area and treat yourself to a delicious afternoon tea or a meal out at one of the many fantastic places to eat in the area.

Win tickets to see Amy: Beyond the Stage @ the Design Museum
Deadline: Thursday 3rd Feb 2022

Thanks to our partners at the Design Museum, we are giving away a pair of tickets to see the critically acclaimed and first major retrospective exhibition on the British musician, Amy Winehouse. 

  What's on  
Waste Age: What can design do?
Design Museum Kensington
Til Sun 20 February 2022 9.30am-6pm (Sun-Thur) 9.30am-9pm (Fri-Sat)
Enjoy a special 25% discount when you book a Family Ticket to Waste Age: What can design do? before it ends soon. Pick up the free Family Trail when you visit and follow a journey around the exhibition with fun interactives, thought provoking talking points and perfect selfie moments.
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Yoga at the Natural History Museum
Natural History Museum
Until May 2023 8am-9:15am
Rise and shine with an invigorating yoga class followed by a live gong bath and exclusive access to one of the Museum's galleries while it is closed to the public. This class is suitable for all experience levels. Please remember to bring your own yoga mat for these events.
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Saturday Art Studio: Exotic Birds
Leighton House and Sambourne House Museum
Sat 29 January 2022 Online every Saturday 4pm-6pm
In this new course, Laurelie Rae takes inspiration from the feathery friends to be discovered in the Leighton House collection of textiles, ceramics and mosaics and will explore contemporary illustration techniques, collage and assemblage.
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James Arthur
Royal Albert Hall
Wed 9 March 2022 Starts: 7:30pm
James Arthur will perform a special show as part of his highly anticipated March 2022 UK tour. The singer-songwriter will be performing songs from his upcoming new album 't’ll All Make Sense In The End' alongside classic hit singles and favourites like smash hit 'Say You Won’t Let Go'.
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Opera Scenes
Royal College of Music
28 January, 4 February, 8 February 5:30pm
Don’t miss this opportunity in these three concerts to spot the stars of the future as they perform excerpts from beloved operas.
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Acute Art Presents | KAWS: New Fiction
Tue 18 January - Sun 27 February 2022 Serpentine North Gallery & Online
Serpentine start 2022 with a multi-layered global project with the internationally acclaimed artist KAWS developed in collaboration with Acute Art and the online video game Fortnite. Captured on the Acute Art App all the paintings and sculptures in the exhibition as well as a miniature version of the entire show can be placed and viewed at home.
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Screenprinting Amy Winehouse
Design Museum Kensington
Thur 17 February 10am-4pm
This half-term, introduce your young people to the world of screen printing in this workshop with designer Georgia Bosson to design and screen print a tote bag inspired by the Amy: Beyond the Stage exhibition. Suitable for School Years 7 – 9.
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What happens to our waste?
Royal Geographical Society (with IBG)
Tue 1 March 2022 Online & Onsite 7pm-8.30pm
Everyday we all throw objects away, but do you know what happens to the waste we produce? Ask the experts at the RGS and share tips about how we can make more conscious decisions to reuse products.
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Image credit: Jab Jab by John Lyons, colour screenprint (detail), 1988 (c) V&A  
Caribbean Art Today: Visualising Evolving Identities
Wednesdays 16 Feb – 23 March 2022 Online
Explore the changing face of the Caribbean through the eyes of its artists. This six-week V&A Academy online art history course uses the V&A's collection as inspiration to broker a dialogue between curators and artists from the UK and the Caribbean to trace evolving identities.
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Classical Coffee Mornings: Juhee Yang & Kumi Matsuo
Royal Albert Hall
Sunday 13 February 2022 11am
Watch inspirational performances by outstanding young performers from the Royal College of Music whilst enjoying a hot drink and a pastry in the Hall’s Elgar Room. Performing at this Classical Coffee Morning are violinist Juhee Yang and pianist Kumi Matsuo.
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Hidden Stories of Hyde Park
The Royal Parks
Fri 18 March 12pm - 1:30pm
Explore the history of Hyde Park through the decades, including 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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Image credit: Getty images  
Tailor-Made German Courses at the Goethe-Institut
Various Online & Onsite
Study German at the Goethe-Institut London with their tailor-made courses. Whether online in their virtual classrooms at your own pace or onsite in South Ken, choose your level from beginner to intermediate to advanced.
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German Cinema at the Goethe-Institut
Online Wed 26 Jan-Sat 29 Jan 7pm Onsite Wed 26 Jan 7pm
Enhance your German studies with a monthly series of contemporary German cinema, outstanding TV productions and film classics at the Goethe-Institut in London or online.
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Gender & Climate
Natural History Museum
Wed 26 January 2022 Free online 5pm-5:45pm
Women are disproportionately affected by the climate crisis. They are also leading the way as the most active and effective agents and campaigners of action against the environmental challenges we all face.
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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
Imperial College London
Institut franҫais
The Ismaili Centre
Kensington Palace
Natural History Museum
Royal Albert Hall
South Kensington Estates
Royal College of Art
Cromwell Place
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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