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  Welcoming 2023 with an exciting new season of events!  
 

It looks like an extraordinary year coming up in London’s original cultural district with a programme full of great events in South Kensington! We will see some major exhibitions, from exploring the exceptional talents of the Renaissance master at the V&A’s new exhibition Donatello: Sculpting the Renaissance, to Titanosaur: Life as the Biggest Dinosaur – the largest known creature to have ever walked our planet, who will be on display for the first time ever in Europe at the Natural History Museum from 31st March. 

South Kensington is bursting with loads more exciting events that will give you a spectacular 2023. In the meantime, here are some of our highlights coming up over the next few weeks…

 
 
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Learn a New Skill in South Ken
 

 
Discover what’s on from one day workshops to weekly lectures on a range of interesting topics with leading experts in the heart of London’s cultural district. And if you have little ones, there are many great opportunities for fun, hands-on workshops that will fire up their creativity too!
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An Exciting Year Ahead in South Ken
 

 
With a new year in South Kensington, we look ahead to an exciting new season of extraordinary exhibitions such as DIVA at the V&A, the return of Cirque du Soleil and the return of the Great Exhibition Road Festival! Check out our highlights....
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  What's on  
 
 
 
Donatello: Sculpting the Renaissance
 
V&A
Opening 11th Feb 2023 10am-5:45pm
 
The first major UK exhibition to explore the exceptional talents of the Renaissance master Donatello, arguably the greatest sculptor of all time. Experience a fresh vision of the artist and his influence on subsequent generations.
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Science Museum Lates: Chinese New Year
 
Science Museum
25th Jan 6:30pm-10pm
 
Join the Science Museum as they celebrate the Chinese New Year. There’ll be fascinating talks, illuminating tours, hands-on workshops and much more to explore! Plus, all the regular Lates highlights will be here for you to enjoy, including a pub quiz and the best silent disco in town.
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Valentine's Silent Disco
 
Natural History Museum
16th Feb 7:30pm-12:00am
 
Explore the galleries and see stunning images of nature in the new-look Wildlife Photographer of the Year exhibition. Enjoy a free beer or wine on arrival and get ready to dance the night away at the Natural History Museum's silent disco in Hintze Hall underneath Hope the blue whale.
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Films in Concert
 
Royal Albert Hall
Dates vary Times vary
 
Experience cinema’s most iconic films including Harry Potter and Lord of the Rings, with the score performed live by an orchestra in the spectacular surroundings of the Royal Albert Hall.
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Explorers Night: Mind, Body, Space
 
Natural History Museum
26th Jan 6:30pm-9:30pm
 
Everyone should feel welcome to discover the wonders of our world, but for many the reality is more complex. Obstacles to enjoying nature often come from how society treats race and other aspects of what makes us who we are. Join the Museum for an evening exploring our relationship with nature.
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Lunchtime Lecture: Prince Albert: Collector, Educator and Cultural Transferant
 
V&A
12th Jan 1pm-1:55pm
 
Journey through the life of Prince Albert, whose biggest achievements include initiating the creation of the South Kensington complex of museums & other cultural institutions,
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Design Luminaries: Yinka Ilori in conversation
 
Design Museum Kensington
24th Jan 6:30pm-7.40pm
 
London-based multi-disciplinary artist and designer Yinka Ilori in conversation with the Design Museum's Head of Curatorial, Priya Khanchandani. Yinka Ilori’s bold visual aesthetic injects vivid colour and dynamic geometries into projects as diverse as architecture, furniture, and fashion.
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Everest through the Lens
 
Royal Geographical Society (with IBG)
5th Oct - 20th Jan 23 10am - 5pm (Mon - Sat)
 
Last chance to see the Society’s exhibition marking the centenary of the Everest expeditions in the 1920s exploring how Captain John Noel’s films shaped the popular image of the mountain while sometimes obscuring the role of local intermediaries.
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Imperial Lates: Drugs
 
Imperial College London
9th Feb 6pm-9pm
 
Take a trip through the science of marvellous medicines, notorious narcotics, and everyday cravings at Imperial. From re-imaginings of the brain on psychedelics, to talks on science of microdosing, the Lates will bring together leading experts on drug design, development, use and abuse.
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Glory to Sound with Nabihah Iqbal
 
Leighton House and Sambourne House Museum
31st Jan 6:30pm-9pm
 
Musician, DJ and broadcaster Nabihah Iqbal has curated four evenings of live performance, conversation and record playing, inviting some of her favourite artists to come and perform. Each event will include two live performances by guest artists, with Nabihah Iqbal on warm-up DJ duties.
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Kamala Ibrahim Ishag
 
Serpentine
On til 29th Jan 10am-5:30pm
 
Last chance to see pioneering Sudanese artist Kamala Ibrahim Ishag, whose work intertwines the earthly and the spiritual through an understanding of our connections with the natural world.
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Film for Freedom: Screening and Panel Discussion
 
Leighton House and Sambourne House Museum
2nd Feb 6:30pm-9:30pm
 
A screening of short films by Syrian refugee women living in Beirut’s camps from Makani’s 'Film For Freedom' project, followed by a panel discussion with inspiring women working in film and women’s rights.
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Is there Anybody Out There?
 
Science Museum
9th Feburary 7:30pm-8:45pm
 
Are we alone in the universe or is there extra-terrestrial life out there? Join the Science Museum for this panel discussion and hear what the experts have to say. How are real-life scientists looking for alien life? Where in the universe might we find it?
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Chadō Demonstrations by Tankokai UK
 
Japan House London
18th Jan 2pm-4pm
 
Discover chadō, the Japanese Way of Tea, in a series of monthly demonstrations at Japan House London presented by Tankokai UK.
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Senior Marketing Officer Job Opportunity
 
Science Museum
 
Want to take an exciting next step in your marketing career and reach new audiences for the world’s leading set of science and technology museums? Science Museum Group are looking for a Senior Marketing Officer focused on the organisation’s learning offer. Applications close 22nd Jan!
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Community Engagement Officer

The Royal Society of Sculptors are currently recruiting for a Community Engagement Officer a new, full-time post to devise, develop and deliver community engagement across all our audiences from our local community, families taking part in holiday workshops to our hard-working volunteers. Applications close 17th February.

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KCAW 2023 Public Art Trail Open Call

Each year, KCAW presents thought-provoking installations and murals across Kensington & Chelsea. The Open Call encourages applications from the area of Kensington & Chelsea, as well as from further afield, to submit existing or complete 3-D artworks to be installed in a variety of public spaces during KCAW23. Applications close 30 January.

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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
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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