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Exhibitions, festivals, concerts, oh my!

As Sunday's downpour brings an end to the heatwave, we're moving indoors to stay warm among the artworks! Exhibitions, festivals, workshops, talks and concerts fill the spaces of South Kensington keeping us occupied with a thrilling list of events to look forward to.

Focus on fashion with with new exhibitions at V&A , Gabrielle Chanel. Fashion Manifesto, and REBEL: 30 Years of London Fashion at the Design Museum

Two festivals are taking place in South Kensington this week! The leading design district during 2023's London Design FestivalBrompton Design District hosts pioneering and innovative contemporary exhibitions. Pop into Cromwell Place, the V&A, the Serpentine and Japan House to dive into brilliant design until 24th September!

Delve into the best and most anticipated films from Spain at the Institut français during the London Spanish Film Festival 2023. Catch everything from new releases to classics until Wednesday 27 September at Ciné Lumière.

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The Student's South Kensington Bucket List

If you're looking for a low-budget, quick-plan day (or night) out, look no further! ! There's plenty to see for anyone on a budget, looking for events to help with your subject, broaden your perspective or just relax and enjoy a nice break from studying!
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Autumn Highlights

South Kensington's calendar is full of exciting events that ensure something inspiring for everyone to enjoy during the upcoming season. Check out some of our top picks...
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  What's on  
London Design Festival 2023
From 16th Sept Times vary
Discover a series of thought-provoking contemporary installations, workshops, talks and more, exploring the global power of design to bind communities, reveal untold stories and rethink our relationship with materials.
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Image credit: © Zhai Zeyu, Wildlife Photographer of the Year.  
Wildlife Photographer of the Year
Natural History Museum
Until 30th June 10am - 5.50pm
Get beyond the camera and discover the stories behind some of the best nature photography in the world.
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Gabrielle Chanel. Fashion Manifesto
V&A South Kensington
On til 10th Mar 2024 10am-5:45pm
The first UK exhibition dedicated to French couturière, Gabrielle 'Coco' Chanel, charting the establishment of the House of CHANEL and the evolution of her iconic design style. Tickets are sold out but become a member to see the exhibition.
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Music Lates
Science Museum
19th Oct 6:30pm-10pm
Music Lates is a celebration of Turn It Up: The power of music, a new blockbuster exhibition coming to the museum this autumn.
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REBEL: 30 Years of London Fashion
Design Museum
16th Sept - 11th Feb 10am - 6pm
REBEL: 30 Years of London Fashion celebrates the 30th anniversary of the BFC’s NEWGEN programme. The show offers a look at how careers in fashion are forged, and the opportunities London’s fashion scene offers young creatives.
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New Autumn Events at Leighton House
Leighton House and Sambourne House Museum
Autumn 2023 Varies
Add some colour to your autumn with a new season of arts-inspired events at Leighton House. From live performances and chamber music, to family fun and creative workshops inspired by upcoming exhibition 'Maha Ahmed: Where Worlds Meet' - there's something for everyone!
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Digital Design Weekend 2023
23rd-24th Sept 10.30am– 5pm
Join artists, designers and technologists for a weekend of free workshops, immersive experiences and demonstrations exploring the intersection of art, design and technology.
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Design Museum Kensington
26th Sept-29th Oct 10am-5pm
A free display created by performance artist Fyodor Pavlov-Andreevich will see a collection of wooden furniture spread throughout the museum. Climb, hide within, and temporarily inhabit these sculptures to create your own experience of ANTIFURNITURE.
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Crown to Couture
Kensington Palace
On until 29th Oct Times vary
Last chance to see this glittering exhibition at Kensington Palace with dazzling contemporary couture worn by celebrities including Lizzo and Lady Gaga, alongside beautiful historic costumes.
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Georg Baselitz: Sculptures 2011-2015
On until 7th Jan 2024 10am - 6pm
Catch this exhibition before it closes! Bringing Georg Baselitz’s sculptural works to the fore, this solo exhibition offers an intimate glimpse into the creative process of a ground-breaking artist.
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London Spanish Film Festival 2023
Institut français
20th - 27th Sep
The best and most anticipated films from Spain are on the menu, with special highlights from Catalonia and the Basque Country. From newcomers to veteran directors, new releases to classics, films for the family and so much more, ¡Viva el cine!
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Orchestral Masterworks: Celebrating Disney
Royal College of Music
5th Oct 6pm
Disney and Pixar have created some of the most iconic films of all time. In this feel-good, nostalgic programme, hear renditions of classic scores and songs such as You've Got a Friend in Me, A Whole New World and the moving opening sequence to Up.
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Image credit: © MDR/UFA Fiction/Lukas Salna  
Goethe-Kino – Thomas Stuber: Kruso
27th Sept 7pm
Leading up to an event with the award-winning poet and novelist Lutz Seiler on 12 October, we are showing an adaptation of his first novel Kruso.
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Image credit: © Steve Funkyfeet  
The Sorcerer by Tom Sochas Trio
Institut français
28th Sep 7pm
Pianist and composer Tom Sochas presents his debut album, The Sorcerer, with bassist Thodoris Ziarkas and drummer Olly Sarkar. Expect a blend of contrapuntal melodies, hard hitting post-bop, and textural electronics.
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Image credit: © Amandine Lauriol/Académie Jaroussky  
Paris Chapters with Clara Barbier Serrano
Institut français
21st Sep 7pm
Soprano Clara Barbier Serrano, saxophonist Robert Finegan and pianist Tianqi Ling explore the possibilities of contemporary music with commissions based on works by Irish writers, who lived in Paris.
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Danny Elfman’s Music from the Films of Tim Burton
Royal Albert Hall
7th Oct 2:30pm & 7:30pm
Experience Tim Burton’s original sketches, drawings and storyboards on the big screen whilst Danny Elfman’s famous film scores are performed live by the BBC Concert Orchestra and Crouch End Festival Chorus, conducted by John Mauceri.
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Hidden Stories of Kensington Gardens
Kensington Gardens
29th Sept 12pm-1:30pm
Discover hidden stories behind it's famous statues, including the beloved Peter Pan, and a statue thrown out of Trafalgar Square. Go behind the railings of the Albert Memorial and get a close-up view of the stunning Frieze of Parnassus.
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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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