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Festivals and Public Art Trails in Kensington & Chelsea

It’s been 10 days since we welcomed the return of the Great Exhibition Road Festival to a full-scale event and it was wonderful to see Exhibition Road buzzing with visitors enjoying a celebration of arts and science! The Festival will return next summer, so to keep up to date with news, announcements and the year-round Festival talks programme, sign up here.

The Kensington and Chelsea Festival opens this week, offering a host of activities across the borough over the summer including indoor performances, art installations and free outdoor pop-up family shows.  

Also this week, Kensington + Chelsea Art Week presents its fifth Public Art Trail bringing West London to life with vibrant and immersive public art, free to enjoy over the summer. Featuring world-class sculpture, installations and exhibits throughout the borough, including Kaleidoscopic Minds on Exhibition Road by local artist, Azarra Amoy.

  What's on  
Africa Fashion
On til 16 April 23 Daily: 10am-5:45pm - Friday: 10am – 10pm
Last chance to the V&A's first Africa Fashion exhibition, which tells a story of fashion as a self-defining art form; a kind of movement culture that goes beyond individual garments to encompass attitude, gesture, and style.
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Kensington + Chelsea Festival
Royal Borough of Kensington & Chelsea
1 July - 31 Aug Varies
K+C Festival returns with a programme, full of free and pay-what-you-can events. Be inspired by theatre, wowed by circus and try something new with a range of extraordinary talent spread right across the borough. The Festival re-imagines the borough’s well-known and less-discovered places.
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Kensington + Chelsea Art Week

On until 3 July
Celebrating the borough's culture and opening doors to local creative spaces and giving visibility to locally-based creative talent. It includes installations, exhibits, murals, walking tours, talks and events. This year the theme is 'Nourish' and artists will take up temporary residence in shop windows and inside stores along King's Road.
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Earth Photo 2022
Royal Geographical Society (with IBG)
17 June - 26 Aug 10am - 5pm (Mon - Fri)
Visit the Society’s Pavilion to see a stunning selection of Earth Photo shortlisted images, from the international competition which includes categories for People, Place, Nature, Changing forests and a Climate of change.
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Image credit: Becan Rickard-Elliott  
BST Hyde Park Open House
Hyde Park
27-30 June, 4-7 July
Enjoy 8 days of activities and free entry at Open House returning with free live music & entertainment, including circus skills workshop, over 60’s Tea Dance, open-air cinema nights, street food, pop-up bars, theatre performances, craft + upcycling sessions and much more.
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BBC Proms 2022
Royal Albert Hall
Fri 15 July - Sat 10 September 2022 Times vary
This year’s eight-week celebration features 84 concerts, with 73 of these taking place in the Royal Albert Hall's spectacular auditorium. The season features large-scale repertoire not heard at the festival since 2019, plus the return of international orchestras.
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Jonathan Dove's Flight
Royal College of Music
28 June - 4 July 7pm
Stand by for take off with the RCM Opera Studio as they perform this witty contemporary work, inspired by the true-life story of an Iranian refugee who lived at Charles de Gaulle Airport, Paris, for 18 years.
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Park Nights 2022
24th June - 13th Oct 8pm
Each year, Park Nights presents a series of new performance commissions conceived in response to the Serpentine's annual architectural commission, the Serpentine Pavilion which offers audiences unique ways to experience architecture and performance.
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Mystery at the Museum: The Search for Dippy
Natural History Museum
29 June, 19 July, 16 Aug 6.45 - 10.30 pm
Looking for a new and exciting experience this summer? With just one hour on the clock, Mystery at the Museum will have you scouring the galleries after hours, seeking out hidden clues and interrogating suspects in order to solve this mystifying case in this escape room-like game. .
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The Luna Cinema at Kensington Palace
Kensington Palace
Wed 3 - Sun 7 August 2022 Doors 7pm Film 8:30pm
Get ready for a summer of cinema under the stars as The Luna Cinema returns to Kensington Palace with an incredible line-up of fantastic film!
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Sonic Impact: The Psychology of Sound
Design Museum Kensington
5 July 6.30 - 8pm
Join Creative Director of Sound for The Guardian Podcasts Axel Kacoutié in conversation with Director & screenwriter Peter Strickland, ASMR researcher & Psychology Lecturer Dr Giulia Poerio, & sound designer Joel Cahen, as they share personal philosophies that focus on the mechanics, perception & effects of sound.
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V&A tours are back
V&A South Kensington
Dates & times vary
Discover the work of the V&A's conservation studios, or join a guided tour through their unique galleries. Members can also explore hidden places and historical sites in and around London, often inaccessible to the public.
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SAFAR Film Festival
Institut français
7 - 16 July Varies
Featuring UK premieres, new releases and classics, accompanied by filmmaker discussions, SAFAR explores the devices used by Arab filmmakers to push cinematic boundaries, reclaim overlooked histories, and present new perspectives to audiences both at home and abroad.
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ANAM Quartetthaus
Royal Albert Hall
18 - 28 September 12:pm, 1:30pm, 3pm, 4:30pm, 6pm, 8pm, 9:30pm
The pop-up performance space is an immersive chamber music venue commissioned by the Australian National Academy of Music, ANAM Quartetthaus will stand in 1851 Place outside the Hall for ten days, hosting six performances per day. The structure hots 50 seats with a slowly revolving stage.
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Leighton House & Sambourne House reopen
Leighton House and Sambourne House Museum
Wed - Mon 10am - 5.30pm
Both Leighton House and Sambourne House reopen following the major Hidden Gem to National Treasure redevelopment project at Leighton House and conservation works at Sambourne House.
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Win 2 tickets to see Titanic Live at the Royal Albert Hall
Royal Albert Hall
10th July, 7pm

Titanic Live returns to the Royal Albert Hall this summer accompanied by the Royal Philharmonic Concert Orchestra and to celebrate we are giving away a pair of tickets for 7pm on 10th July!

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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
V&A South Kensington
The Royal Society of Sculptors
Japan House
Westminster City Council
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