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  Image credit: Hoda Afshar, ‘Untitled #1’, from the series ‘Speak the Wind’, 2020. Museum no. PH.1222-2022 © Hoda  
 
 

Calling all lovers of art, science and anything in between! There is so much to discover in South Ken this May!

This year marks the 75th anniversary of Windrush and we're thrilled to be able to celebrate with events in South Ken taking place throughout the month of June. Come along and celebrate the impact of Caribbean culture on British life.

Some of South Kens’ venues are set to unveil new galleries in the coming months, adding even more excitement and wonder to the cultural scene. Exciting news for photography lovers as the V&A reopens its Photography Centre on 25th May - the UK’s largest space dedicated to a permanent photography collection, opening 25th May!

The Science Museum is also opening a new Engineers gallery next month where you can explore the history and evolution of engineering and technology with artifacts from some of the world's most iconic engineering achievements. Plus Power Up, the Science Museum's interactive gaming gallery opens in July, giving you the chance to immerse yourself in the ultimate hands-on gaming experience.

 
 
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Win Lunch for Two at Brindisa & 2 Tickets to Science Fiction: Voyage to the Edge of Imagination
 

 
To celebrate the reopening of Brindisa South Kensington we’re offering one lucky winner a meal for two together with a pair of Science Fiction: Voyage To the Edge of Imagination tickets!
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Win 2x Tickets to Cinderella In-The-Round at the Royal Albert Hall!
 
Royal Albert Hall
17th June 7.30 pm
 
Prepare to be transported to an enchanting kingdom, as we are offering you the chance to win 2x Stalls Tickets to Cinderella to the Royal Albert Hall on Saturday 17th June!
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May Half Term in South Ken
 

 
Our museums, galleries and cultural spaces are excited to welcome you this May half-term. Why not explore the largest creature to have ever walk the earth at Natural History Museum, let off some steam at the Science Museum or enjoy the sunshine at the Royal Parks.
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Great Exhibition Road Festival
 

17th-18th June 2023
 
Only one month to go until the Great Exhibition Road Festival! Join us in South Kensington on 17-18 June 2023 to celebrate the power of awe and wonder to spark innovation in science and the arts with a weekend of free events for all ages.
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  What's on  
 
 
 
Windrush 75
 
Royal Albert Hall
9th June 7:30pm
 
Trevor Nelson presents a night of music to mark the 75th anniversary of Windrush and celebrate the impact of Caribbean culture on British life.
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Families Storytelling: Caribbean Tales
 
V&A
31st May 11am-3:40pm
 
Join author and storyteller Wendy Shearer for Caribbean folktales. You are invited to participate in magical tales of shapeshifters and tricksters from a variety of islands.
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Thomas J Price at the V&A
 
V&A South Kensington
Until 27th May 10am-6pm
 
British artist Thomas J Price is celebrated for his arresting yet contemplative sculptures depicting everyday people. This display sets his work in dialogue with the V&A's historic collections.
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Arthur Torrington CBE: Keeper of the Windrush Flame
 
V&A
10th June 2-5:30pm
 
Join British Guyanese community leader, activist, and historian Arthur Torrington CBE in conversation with renowned presenter Diane Louise Jordan.
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Engineers
 
Science Museum
Daily 10am-6pm
 
Engineers shape the world that we live in, creating bold, ground-breaking innovations that respond to global challenges and improve billions of lives. But how much do we know about the people behind these innovations?
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Image credit: Naoya Hatakeyama, ‘Blast #5707’, 1998. © Naoya Hatakeyama  
Photography Centre
 
V&A South Kensington
Opens 25th May
 
The Photography Centre is the UK’s largest space dedicated to a permanent photography collection. The galleries showcase the museum’s world-leading holdings and enable visitors to experience photography and its diverse histories in new ways.
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Power Up
 
Science Museum
10am - 5.30pm
 
Immerse yourself in this hands-on gaming zone, featuring the very best video games and consoles from the past 50 years. From Pong to Pacman and Minecraft to Mario, there’s something for everyone, whether you’re a retro games fan, a serious gamer or just want to beat your family at Mario Kart.
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Image credit: Holidaze, 2020, Norblack Norwhite; photo Bikramjit Bose  
A special offer to see The Offbeat Sari
 
Design Museum Kensington
On until 17th Sept 10am-6pm
 
Unravel the contemporary sari and discover how it demonstrates as a metaphor for the layered and complex definitions of India today. For the final two weeks, we’re offering Discover South Kensington subscribers a special 50% discount on all adult tickets. Use DSK241 code at the checkout to redeem.
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Beyond Words Festival
 
Institut français
12th - 21st May
 
The Institut français goes Beyond Words with a festival bursting with literary events, screenings, talks & readings by renowned authors & artists. Meet your favourite writers such as Deborah Levy, Éric Vuillard, Ian McEwan, Laurent Mauvignier & Muriel Barbery & revisit great classics from Colette & Virginia Woolf.
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Tomás Saraceno In Collaboration: Web(s) of Life
 
Serpentine
1 June- 10 September Times vary
 
Last chance to see this living, collaborative and multi-species exhibition that delves into how different life forms, technologies and energy systems are connected in the climate emergency.
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Skip Norman: Here and There
 
Goethe-Institut
18th-25th May Times vary
 
This six-part programme introduces UK audiences to Skip Norman's work as director and cinematographer from various perspectives, reflecting his career across different genres and countries.
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Super String Sunday
 
Royal College of Music
21st May From 11am
 
RCM string players take to the stage for their ever-popular annual Super String Sunday. From large ensembles to solo players, experience breathtaking performances from across our String Faculty. Doors are open all day from 11am, so drop in for ten minutes or stay for as long as you like.
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Crochet at the Museum with TOFT
 
Natural History Museum
26th May, 28th July, 29th Sept, 24th Nov 7pm-9:30pm
 
Crochet a special edition Natural History Museum creation at our TOFT crochet workshop.
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The Zizi Show
 
V&A South Kensington
25th May- 20th April 2024 10am-5:45pm
 
The Zizi Show is a deepfake drag cabaret that explores the ethical problems which exist in Artificial Intelligence (AI). The display explores what AI can teach us about drag, and what drag can teach us about A.I.
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Boating on the Serpentine
 
Hyde Park
Daily except Nov- March (Wed - Sun) From 10am (closing times vary)
 
Head to the Serpentine Bar & Kitchen to hire a boat over the summer. Recognised as one of the most famous boating spots in London, Hyde Park is the perfect place to take in the scenery, enjoy an ice cream and float down the Serpentine in the middle of the park.
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The Great Exhibition Augmented Reality Experience
 
Hyde Park
Online
 
Visit Hyde Park, where the 1851 Great Exhibition was held. Download the free app to see a true-to-size recreation of the Crystal Palace. Explore the site, admire the building's scale and details, and learn about its fascinating history.
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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
V&A South Kensington
The Royal Society of Sculptors
Japan House
Westminster City Council
 
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