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The Countdown to the Great Exhibition Road Festival Begins!

Come and take part in a weekend of free talks, workshops, performances and more at this year's Great Exhibition Road Festival on 17 & 18 June. Look out for Paint Lab and watch as the road is turned into a giant canvas, discover the Future Food zone and explore new flavours and ingredients, or head on down to the Mainstage to hear an eclectic range of live performances! Plus, get to know South Kensington with one of our free South Kensington Tours. Find out more about some of the Festival's exciting events. We look forward to seeing you there!

Don't forget, Father's Day is just around the corner! Why not celebrate in style as Exhibition Road comes alive with this extraordinary celebration of art, culture, and inspiration at the Great Exhibition Road Festival. Plus, while you're here, why not elevate your gift-giving game by checking our gift guide and surprise Dad with a carefully selected gift from his favorite museum!

Win Two Tickets to Lana Del Rey at BST Hyde Park

Win 2x tickets to see the iconic Lana Del Rey at BST Hyde Park! The enchanting performance will close the 2023 series on Sunday 9 July, with special guests to be announced.
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Win A Family Ticket to the Design Museum’s brand New Exhibition, The Offbeat Sari
Design Museum Kensington
Win up to 5x tickets to the Design Museum's brand new exhibition The Offbeat Sari! Discover how the iconic Indian garment is being transformed and adopted by many as a vessel for self-expression, identity and creativity through new colours, shapes and drapes.
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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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Two Of South Ken's Venues Shortlisted for Art Fund Museum of the Year 2023

The Natural History Museum and Leighton House Museum have been selected as finalists for Art Fund Museum of the Year 2023, the world's largest museum prize.
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Exhibition Road Cultural Group appoints a new Director

The Exhibition Road Cultural Group is delighted to announce the appointment of its new director, Susie Newbery, who will be joining the team from the National Theatre this summer.

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  What's on  
The Polar Silk Road
Natural History Museum
On til 24 Nov 10am-6pm
Last Chance! Discover the Arctic through the photography of Gregor Sailer and explore the existing, potential, and unexpected impact that warming temperatures will have in this once pristine region.
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Family Favourites at the Great Exhibition Road Festival

17th-18th June
Come and take part in these free activities and enjoy an exciting festival weekend packed full of family fun!
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Serpentine Pavilion 2023 by Lina Ghotmeh
June- October 2023
Last chance to see the Serpentine Pavilion: À table, designed by architect Lina Ghotmeh, derives from the aspiration to create a sustainable kinship with the land through food and our primal relationship to the Earth.
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Explorers Family Festival: Sultana's Dream
Natural History Museum
24th June
Hear all about their experiences, expeditions and adventures from the Museum's scientists. Discover specimens from South Asia on our behind-the-scenes tour and let your imagination run wild in our creative workshops, exploring our relationship with nature.
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Gilbert Bayes Award Winners Exhibition
The Royal Society of Sculptors
30th May- 8th July Mon- Fri 11am-5pm & Sat 12pm-5pm
The Gilbert Bayes Award 2022 Winners exhibition is now open at Dora House. The award is designed to recognise emerging talent and provide invaluable support on the journey from study to professional practice. No prior booking is required.
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Energy: Sparks from the Collection
Until 18th May 2025 10am - 6pm
This display shines a light on the diverse kinds of energy in photography, from the hidden processes intrinsic to creating a picture, to the subjects in front of the camera.
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Yoga With Live Music!
Royal Albert Hall
1st July 11am
Flo Yoga is returning to the Royal Albert Hall to teach sessions to live music in the Elgar Room!
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Growing Together: Garden Assembly
Design Museum Kensington
11th June 2pm-5pm
Join the Design Museum for an afternoon of green bliss at The Dame Sylvia Crowe garden located next to the museum. The open day will feature short talks, guided tours, and horticultural activities for all ages.
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RCM Opera: Barnum’s Bird
Royal College of Music
28th June-3rd July 7pm
Grammy Award–winning composer Libby Larsen’s chamber opera in two acts, Barnum’s Bird, is the story of a relationship ahead of its time – that of the ‘great showman’ PT Barnum, and his star opera singer, Jenny Lind.
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Homelands, Nightmares, Good Immigrants. Essays in Dialogue
27th June 7-8:15pm
Your Homeland is our Nightmare was inspired by the UK’s The Good Immigrant essay collection. Both address themes of race, identity and immigration in their respective countries. This panel discussion brings together the authors and editors to discuss the issues which today are as pertinent as ever
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Brian Eno for 364 More Earth Days
23rd April 2023- 21st April 2024
Serpentine are working with Brian Eno on developing a new set of cards. Presenting prompts and questions, the deck aims to invite young people, adults and organisations to think differently about the planet. Be part of the conversation! Send in your answers, as well as your own questions!
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Tapestry Weaving Workshop
The Royal Society of Sculptors
15th June 6pm-9pm
This weaving workshop will equip you with the fundamentals of weaving on a frame loom and introduce you to the creative possibilities of weaving using a verity of fibres and sculpting materials. Produce a small tapestry, and learn exciting techniques to set you up for future projects.
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The Birds & the Bees: Queer Ecology of The Royal Parks
Hyde Park
6th-20th June Times vary
Throughout June, join ecologist Connor Butler on a 90-minute guided nature walk through the Royal Parks to discover the seedy lives of plants and how Queerness can be found in everything from birds to bugs.
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Workshop: Terrazzo Casting
Design Museum Kensington
9th July 2:00-4:30pm
Learn how to cast terrazzo using Eco Resin into silicone moulds to make your own coasters in this creative workshop led by RubinoWilson studio.
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Make Beaut and Mend, with Aya Haider
Leighton House and Sambourne House Museum
19th June 10am-12pm
Parents and carers are invited to join artist Aya Haidar in this free, two hour drop-in session to Make Beaut and Mend sentimental textiles from either their child's or their own childhoods. Do bring an item (or more than one!) that needs mending and embellishing, with guidance and support from Aya.
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Afternoon tea at the Royal Albert Hall
Royal Albert Hall
Varies 2-4.30pm
Afternoon Tea includes finger sandwiches, musically-themed sweet treats, homemade scones and a pot of fine tea, provided by H.R. Higgins Ltd.
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South Kensington Gift Guide

South Kensington's museums and galleries online and onsite shops are bursting with imaginative ideas for sustainable, unique and exciting gifts.
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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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