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Happy New Year!

This year is bringing us a huge host of exciting cultural experiences. From captivating exhibitions and lectures to musical and cinematic wonders, it promises to be unforgettable and jam-packed. Delve into our list of highlights here.

January is about embracing and discovering new opportunities and South Kensington continues to be the place to do it. Offering the chance to learn new languages, get creative and try new sports- click here for opportunities to develop new skills.

Read on to enter our Skateboard competition and find out about about new exhibitions and events taking place.

Finally, don't miss out on exhibitions closing soon: I'm Not a Nature Lover at the Royal Society of Sculptors and Reimagining musicals at the V&A.

Image credit: Exhibition photos by Felix Speller  
Win a family ticket for SKATEBOARD
Design Museum Kensington
Win a family ticket to see the Design Museum’s Skateboard exhibition showcasing the evolution of design from the 1950s to today. Skaters aged 16 or over can even skate a bespoke ramp!
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  What's on  
Institut français
Until 20th Jan Various Times
Catherine Deneuve is brilliant in Léa Domenach’s debut film, Bernadette, a biopic of the French first lady, Bernadette Chirac. Lying between reality and fiction, this delicious comedy features venomous lines and absurd gags, shining a new light on the first lady who became an icon of the nineties.
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The Antarctic photography of Frank Hurley and Herbert Ponting
Royal Geographical Society (with IBG)
Until 1st Feb 10am - 5.30pm
View some of the most celebrated images ever taken in the Antarctic. The stunning platinum prints were created from original negatives exposed by Hurley and Ponting in the Antarctic during Ernest Shackleton’s Endurance and Captain Scott’s Terra Nova expeditions.
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Imperial College London
Until 16th Jan 11am - 6pm
An exhibition showcasing the groundbreaking work of the Global Innovation Design MA/MSc program at Imperial. Immerse yourself in a vibrant tapestry of innovation, where design meets technology and ideas blossom into reality.
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Tactically Necessary
Imperial College London
Until 1st Feb 10am - 5pm
An abstract painting exhibition by recent RCA Graduates Annice Fell, Heather Green, Hilda Kortei, Savannah Harris, Sophia Loeb in the Blythe Gallery.
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Cirque du Soleil - Alegria: In a New Light
Royal Albert Hall
Until 3rd March Various Times
Celebrating its 30th anniversary, this all-time classic will whisk audiences away to a mystical world sprinkled with visual poetry and acrobatic extravagance.
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Family Fun: Bookbinding
Leighton House and Sambourne House Museum
13th Jan 11am - 2pm
In this hands-on bookbinding workshop, young participants will learn the basics of the art of crafting their own books.
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Keeping the Ainu Language Alive
Japan House London
16th Jan 6.30pm - 7.30pm
Learn about the distinctive characteristics of aynuitak, the Ainu language, and hear from the people of Biratori who are dedicated to ensuring its continued life, in a special talk event at Japan House London.
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Science Museum
Dates and times vary
If your child has ever wanted to explore the museum after dark, or if the idea of spending the night in one an iconic galleries fills them with excitement, then they’ll love Astronights, a sleepover at the Museum!
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Recital in John Leighton's Studio: Echoes from the East
Leighton House and Sambourne House Museum
19th Jan 7pm - 9pm
A recital of tales in art, song and opera, including the story of Scheherazade and the melodies of Saint-Saëns, alongside arias by Handel and poetic verses by Hafez. Performed in the beautiful surroundings of Leighton’s Studio.
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Hidden Stories of Hyde Park
Hyde Park
19th Jan 11am - 12.30pm
In the heart of the city, Hyde Park is one of London's most iconic and well-known green spaces. Discover its history through the decades like never before on a guided tour.
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Image credit: Zorah Olivia, Skate Dreams, Cambodia  
Skate Dreams
Design Museum Kensington
20th Jan 2pm - 4pm
A Special matinee screening of Jessica Edward’s pioneering documentary SKATE DREAMS followed by a conversation with Skate GB’s rising star Lilly Strachan and 1970s skate legend Thea Cutts at the Design Museum.
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Double Reed Day
Royal College of Music
21st Jan 11am
Celebrate double reed instruments with a day of masterclasses, recitals and demonstrations at the Royal College of Music.
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A magic lantern mystery tour
Royal Geographical Society (with IBG)
22nd Jan 2.30pm - 3.45pm
This is the story of Willie Read and his 1912 unknown expedition from Srinagar, over the Pamirs and across Central Asia to Siberia. Hear Nick’s tale from when he bought a set of 87 magic lantern slides with little idea of who was in them and where they were taken.
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I'm Not a Nature Lover
The Royal Society of Sculptors
Until 31st Jan All Day
It's the last chance to visit SKIP Gallery's Graphic Rewilding intervention. Their idea is to offer opportunities for artistic interventions in unexpected places, utilising a specially modified skip.
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Re:Imagining Musicals
Until 4th Feb 10am-5:45pm
Closing soon! This display celebrates the glittering world of musical theatre, exploring the evolution and craftmanship of iconic musicals, from Miss Saigon and My Fair Lady to modern classics SIX the Musical, and Everybody’s Talking About Jamie.
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  Go Digital  
In Conversation with Maha Ahmed
Leighton House and Sambourne House Museum
11th Jan 6.30pm - 7.30pm
Join artist Maha Ahmed in an online discussion about her artistic practice and exhibition 'Where Worlds Meet'. Joined by exhibition Curator, Hannah Lund, and Creative Director & Curator of Foundation Art Divvy, Zahra Khan.
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Livestream: Harris Reed in Conversation
18th Jan 7pm - 8.45pm
Harris Reed is the revolutionary fashion designer whose striking pieces have been worn by the likes of Harry Styles, Beyonce, and Adele. Watch for a discussion of his innovative, genre-defying work.
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Climate Talks
Science Museum
Various Dates Various Times
The Science Museum's free online Climate Talks are back. Hear from leaders, experts, activists and campaigners as they discuss how to tackle the problems facing our communities due to climate change.
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Image credit: Christoph Liedtke  
And finally... The Natural History Museum scientists described a record 815 new species in 2023
Natural History Museum
In 2023, scientists at the Natural History Museum achieved a remarkable feat by describing a record-breaking 815 new species. Understanding and documenting these new species are vital components in the efforts to protect, preserve, and reverse declines in biodiversity worldwide.
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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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