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Explore the extraordinary in South Kensington with an exciting new season of exhibitions and events

This week the London Design Festival is in full swing across South Kensington and in the V&A with a range of thought-provoking contemporary installations, workshops and events. 

There is a stunning line-up of new exhibitions opening their doors over the coming weeks including Science Fiction: Voyage to the Edge of Imagination – the Science Museum’s most ambitious exhibition its ever staged – opens on 6th October.

Delve into the dreamlike world of Surrealism and design with Objects of Desire: Surrealism and Design 1924 – Today at the Design Museum from 14th October.

Opening this Saturday, Hallyu! The Korean Wave at the V&A, showcases the colourful and dynamic popular culture of South Korea.

Plus many more awe-inspiring events and exhibitions across South Kensington!

  What's on  
Science Fiction: Voyage to the Edge of Imagination
Science Museum
On til 20th Aug Daily 10am-6pm
Last chance to step aboard and voyage to the edge of imagination in this immersive, genre-defying exhibition! The interactive science fiction story is filled with objects that explore how scientists and science fiction creators have inspired each other through innovation and imagination.
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Hallyu! The Korean Wave
24 Sep - 25 June 2023 Daily: 10am-5:45pm - Friday: 10am–10pm
Hallyu! The Korean Wave will showcase the colourful and dynamic popular culture of South Korea, exploring the makings of the Korean Wave and its global impact on the creative industries of cinema, drama, music, fandom, beauty and fashion.
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Image credit: © Salvador Dalí, Fundació Gala-Salvador Dalí.  
Objects of Desire: Surrealism and Design 1924 - Today
Design Museum Kensington
14 Oct - 19 Feb 2023 10 - 6pm (Sun - Thur) 10 - 9pm (Fri - Sat)
Delve into the dreamlike relationship between Surrealism and design in this century-spanning celebration of surrealist objects of desire. The exhibition brings together the best in surrealist design, from furniture, interior design, fashion, photography and world-renowned artworks.
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The Carpenters' Line: Woodworking Heritage in Hida Takayama
Japan House London
On til 29 Jan 2023 Mon - Sat 10am - 8pm, Sun 12-6pm
Last chance to step into the fascinating world of the master woodworkers of Hida Takayama in central Japan with new exhibition The Carpenters’ Line, now open at Japan House London. Admission free
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London Design Festival 2022
17 - 25 Sept 10-5.45 Daily (10pm Fridays)
London Design Festival returns to the V&A as the official Festival Hub & its iconic spaces will be transformed by an extraordinary collection of specially commissioned installations & displays by contemporary designers from across the globe. This year's theme is centered around 'transformation'.
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Friday Late: Transformation Station
23rd Sept 6.30 - 10pm
A special Friday Late to coincide with London Design Festival. Transformation Station is about design as a transformative act. Not only do we constantly bear witness to change, but we ourselves alter, grow, and change over time.
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London Design Festival at Cromwell Place
Cromwell Place
17 - 25 Sept
Cromwell Place is home to 11 exhibitions on view as part of London Design Festival 2022. From meditative Korean ceramics to a full scale, immersive light installation, there’s plenty to see and it’s all free.
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Star Wars: Return of the Jedi in Concert
Royal Albert Hall
23 - 25 Sept Starts: 1:30pm, 2:30pm, 6:30pm, 7:30pm
Experience Star Wars: Return of the Jedi in concert as part of the Royal Albert Hall’s Films in Concert series. Presented live in concert for the first time in the UK, the sixth episode of the Star Wars saga will be accompanied by the London Sympathy Orchestra.
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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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Serpentine Pavilion 2022: Black Chapel by Theaster Gates
June — 16 Oct 2022 Tues - Sun 10am-6pm
Last chance to see the Serpentine Pavilion 2022: Black Chapel - designed by Chicago-based artist Theaster Gates with the architectural support of Adjaye Associates, drawing inspiration from the architectural typologies of chapels and the great kilns of Stoke-on-Trent.
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All the Feels: After Hours
Design Museum Kensington
7th Oct 6.30 - 10pm
Join a special late opening celebrating the exhibition Weird Sensation Feels Good featuring talks and performances by leading ASMRtists and digital creatives. Visitors will have exclusive access to the exhibition, as well as enjoy discussions, and immersive experiences throughout the museum.
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Halloween at the Museum
Natural History Museum
31st Oct 7 - 10.30pm
Halloween lovers and museum enthusiasts - join an after-hours to explore the spooky side of the Natural History Museum. Explore the galleries after dark, meet the more misunderstood members of the natural world and shake your bones on the dancefloor with a cocktail in hand at the silent disco.
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Lunchtime Lecture: Fashioning Masculinities
29th Sept 1 - 1.55pm
Join Claire Wilcox, co-curator of Fashioning Masculinities: The Art of Menswear, as she goes behind the scenes to reveal the creative process behind the staging of the exhibition. The first V&A exhibition devoted to the history of menswear. Free, no booking required.
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Image credit: Goethe-Institut  
19th Sept - 14th Oct Mon - Fri (10am - 4pm)
The exhibition is dedicated to cutting-edge research in Germany. Through images, films & research projects, the interactive exhibition tells of the great mysteries of humanity & the achievements of scientific thinking.
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CinéFamilies at the Institut français
Institut français
Dates and times vary
The much acclaimed Ciné Lumière offers a wonderful choice of movies for the whole family to enjoy together, from Mrs Harris Goes to Paris, Asterix, Tad the Lost Explorer & The Curse of the Mummy and so many more. There is something for everyone!
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Image credit: DEFA Stiftung, Thomas Pleinert  
Portraits from Another Germany
22nd, 24th, 25th Sept Varies
A season of screenings and discussions dedicated to the work of East German documentary filmmaker, Helke Misselwitz. Misselwitz is known for her intimate portraits of people, often of women, made in the decade before German reunification.
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Win 2 tickets to see Weird Sensation Feels Good- The World of ASMR
Design Museum Kensington
Closes 22 Sept
Win a pair of tickets to visit 'WEIRD SENSATION FEELS GOOD: The World of ASMR' at the Design Museum. This is the first exhibition of its kind to lift the world of ASMR out from your screen and into physical space and is now on until 10th April 2023
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Image credit: Ryan Wilkies - Save the Elephants  
Win 2 tickets for In the Footsteps of Elephants
Royal Geographical Society (with IBG)
27th Sept 7.30pm
We are giving away a pair of tickets for In the Footsteps of Elephants with Saba Douglas- Hamilton - an inspiring and heart-warming look at how 'Save the Elephants' helped raise millions of dollars to protect elephant populations across Africa.
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Arts Grants re-opens for Autumn

Following an exciting summer of culture in the borough it’s now your turn to host an event which celebrates the arts and culture in your borough. Whether it’s showcasing your local community, sharing a part of your culture with the public, or bringing art to your street, now’s the time to prepare for the autumn round of Kensington and Chelsea’s Arts Grants Scheme reopening on Wednesday 12 October.

Grants of up to £3,000 can be awarded for any arts-based project, event, activity or installation in the borough. Find out more by visiting the council’s website.

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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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