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The Great Exhibition Road Festival registration is now open!
Saturday 18th & Sunday 19th June 2022

This summer, The Great Exhibition Road Festival returns to a large-scale event in Exhibition Road and surrounding venues on 18-19 June. Come and explore the trailblazing ideas, people, and communities that are changing our world, with a weekend of free events for all ages celebrating science and the arts.

Visitors can enjoy hands-on creative workshops, fascinating talks, performances and installations from our iconic South Kensington museums, research and culture organisations. Register to receive the latest Festival updates, a first-look at the full programme, and opportunities to book onto popular talks, creative workshops and tours.

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Win a pair of tickets to RCM's Festival of Percussion
Royal College of Music
Deadline for entry: 4 May 2022

To celebrate the return of the Royal College of Music's Festival of Percussion on Sunday 8th May, we are giving away a pair of tickets to enjoy the full day of performances and concerts.

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V&A Performance Festival
Sat 23 April 2022 – Sun 1 May 2022 Daily: 10am-5:45pm - Friday: 10am–10pm
Explore dance in all its forms – from traditional and classical styles to the contemporary and modern, celebrating emerging talent and world-renowned practitioners. Events are free unless otherwise stated.
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Power Up extended until early June
Science Museum
On until Mon 6 June 2022

Due to popular demand, the hands-on gaming extravaganza, has been extended until 6 June! Play against friends in multiplayer showdowns, rediscover your childhood favourites and test some of the latest virtual reality experiences.

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Super String Sunday
Royal College of Music
Sun 1 May 2022 11am - 4pm
Brilliant string players at the Royal College of Music take to the stage for the ever-popular annual Super String Sunday. From large ensembles to solo players, experience beautiful and spectacular music played by talented RCM string players
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Dominique Gonzalez-Foerster: Alienarium 5
Til 4 Sep 2022 Tues - Sun (Open Bank Holiday Mon) 10am - 6pm
Alienarium 5 is a speculative environment that invites us to imagine possible encounters with extra-terrestrials. The exhibition is a culmination of Dominique Gonzalez-Foerster's decades-long interest in science fiction and continued research into deep space and alien life.
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Imperial Lates: Sci-fi
Imperial College London
Thursday 28 April 6pm-9pm
Where does science end and science fiction begin? Join Imperial Lates as Imperial’s scientists explore the scientific basis of our spacefaring, technological enhanced futures through talks, artistic workshop and live demos.
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Gaming Lates
Science Museum
Wed 27 April 6.15-10pm
Join a next-level Gaming Lates this April, to celebrate Power UP. Spend a fun-filled night immersed in all things gaming, with exciting object hunts, board game workshops and, of course, plenty of other games to be played!
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Highlighting Histories: Women in Science
Natural History Museum
Dates and times vary
Take a guided tour of the first-floor Hintze Hall balconies and the Minerals gallery and discover the fascinating work of women scientists past and present. You'll hear the gripping histories of several women scientists across history including some who've worked at the Museum.
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Shackleton’s legacy and the power of early Antarctic photography
Royal Geographical Society (with IBG)
Til 4 May 2022 Mon to Fri 10am-5pm & Sat 10am-4pm
Last chance to see the free exhibition marking the century of Shackleton's death documents the role of photography and literature throughout Shackleton’s career, presenting the influences and motivation which led him to a lifetime commitment to the polar region, and raising public awareness.
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Best of César 2022
Institut français
Til Sun 12 July 2022 Times vary
Discover a selection of films from this year's nominations by emerging as well as established directors. And as 2022 marks the recognition of women filmmakers by the French Film Academy, enjoy some greats including Aline, The Voice of Love by Valérie Lemercier, Happening by Audrey Diwan and Titane by Julia Ducournau.
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Haçienda Classical
Royal Albert Hall
Fri 13 May 2022 Starts 7:30pm
Legendary Haçienda DJ Graeme Park, alongside musical director Tim Crooks, are revisiting some of the tracks that have proved popular with fans as well as bringing new additions and arrangements of seminal tracks to the set.
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Japan House London Film Season: Windows on Mifune
Japan House London
Til Sun 14 August 2022 3pm-5pm
Expanding on the themes of their exhibition Windowology: New Architectural Views from Japan, Japan House London is delighted to launch a series of free screenings offering different perspectives on the monumental figure of actor Mifune Toshirō (1920–1997). Tickets are free.
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Board Game Night at the Goethe-London
Fri 22 April 2022 Drop-in 5pm
Meet fellow students and others interested in modern board games with the additional benefit of practising German – no matter on what level! The Goethe-Team will be there to explain the rules to the games – in German or English.
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Calling all Budding Artists!
Deadline for entry: 16 May 2022

To mark Her Majesty the Queen’s 70 years on the throne, RBKC is inviting submissions of artwork to feature as part of the brand new Jubilee Collection inside Kensington Town Hall's Civic Gallery.

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Image credit: © Alexandra Daisy Ginsberg.  
Back to Earth: Pollinator Pathmaker
22 June - 18 September 2022 Tuesday - Sunday (Open Bank Holiday Mondays) 10am - 6pm
Artist Alexandra Daisy Ginsberg kicks off Back to Earth 2022 activations, including a major exhibition, at Serpentine in June. as well as a garden at North Flower Walk in Kensington Gardens comprising 4,471 plants including over 60 different species which will come into bloom in early summer.
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Bees' Needs Awards Winners

It's great to see the Royal Borough of Kensington & Chelsea's Bee Superhighway announced as one of Defra Gov UK winners in the Bees Need's Awards for local communities. Congratulations! Last summer our South Ken Green Trail formed part of the borough's Bee Superhighway.

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Secrets of the Museum
BBC 2 Thursdays at 8pm

BBC Two's Secrets of the Museum is back with even more fascinating glimpses behind the scenes of the iconic V&A, championing and celebrating stories of creativity and showcasing objects from historic and contemporary collections.

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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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