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Springs arrival: Explore South Ken's Upcoming Exhibitions!

As February draws to a close and the days begin to lengthen, we are certainly feeling the spring in our step! Don't miss out on the magic of this season as nature bursts into bloom. Check out our out and about itinerary to make the most of those blissful pockets of sunshine. 

Discover new exhibitions in South Ken, including Refik Anadol's immersive installations at the Serpentine North, the architectural wonders of Tropical Modernism: Architecture and Independence at the V&A, and contemporary sculptures at the Royal Society of Sculptors Gilbert Bayes Award Winners exhibition.

Exciting news, just announced this week is the Natural History Museum's new exhibition Birds: Brilliant and Bizarre which promises a fascinating exploration of avian wonders, set to open its doors in late May.

  What's on  
Friday Late x Nicholas Daley: Fabric and Folklore
V&A South Kensington
23rd Feb 6.30pm - 10pm
This Friday Late will unravel British textile history, connecting the threads between generational and cultural exchange through craft.
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Refik Anadol
16th Feb - 7th April 10am - 6pm
Refik Anadol, is an internationally renowned artist, director and pioneer in the aesthetics of data and machine intelligence. Visitors will experience gallery walls wrapped in AI-generated images inspired by data of flora, fungi and fauna from over 16 rainforests.
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Dune: Part 2 IMAX
Science Museum
1st - 24th March Various Times
In the highly anticipated sequel to the six-time Academy Award-winning Dune, Paul Atreides unites with Chani and the Fremen, while on a path of revenge against the conspirators who destroyed his family. Experience the epic new chapter of the Dune saga in mind-blowing IMAX® format.
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Science Museum
7th March 6.30pm - 10pm
This March, the Science Museum hosts Love Lates for a journey to unravel the essence of love. From the intimate bonds of friendship to the pursuit of passions and pleasure, you'll navigate the landscape of human connection like never before.
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Tropical Modernism: Architecture and Independence
V&A South Kensington
2nd March - 22nd Sept 10am - 5.45pm
An exhibition exploring Tropical Modernism - an architectural style developed in the hot, humid conditions of West Africa in the 1940s. After independence, India and Ghana adopted the style as a symbol of modernity and progressiveness, distinct from colonial culture.
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Documenting Coco Chanel
V&A South Kensington
26th Feb 7pm - 8.45pm
Join the director of BBC documentary 'Coco Chanel: Unbuttoned' for a look at how she captured the life and legacy of the legendary couturier on film.
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Gilbert Bayes Award Winners Exhibition
The Royal Society of Sculptors
26th Feb - 25th April 11am - 5pm
The Gilbert Bayes Award for early career sculptors is given annually by the Society to a small group of outstandingly talented sculptors.
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Birds: Brilliant and Bizarre
Natural History Museum
24th May - 5th Jan 10am - 5.50pm
Coming soon! Birds: Brilliant and Bizarre explores the world of birds like never before. From surviving the mass extinction that wiped out all the other dinosaurs to their remarkable evolution into more than 11,000 species.
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Late Night Jazz
Royal Albert Hall
29th Feb 9.30pm
Renowned trumpeter and composer Yazz Ahmed performs in the Elgar Room, opening this year's edition of AWAN Festival. Yazz has garnered global acclaim with her own distinct brand of psychedelic-Arabic-jazz.
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Young People: Artist-led Life Drawing
Leighton House and Sambourne House Museum
9th and 14th March Various Times
A series of life drawing workshops for young people (aged 16-25), each of them led by an emerging artist. You can join one or more of the workshops.
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Goethe-Kino: We Might As Well Be Dead by Natalia Sinelnikova
28th Feb 7pm
We Might As Well Be Dead is a 2022 German-Romanian satirical comedy-drama film directed by Natalia Sinelnikova (in her directorial debut) and written by Sinelnikova & Viktor Gallandi. It stars Ioana Iacob and Pola Geiger.
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Lunchtime Concert - Imperial Performers
Imperial College London
22nd Feb 1pm - 1.45pm
A free lunchtime recital given by some of Imperial’s most talented musicians.
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Lucky Charm by Ensemble les Ombres and Fiona McGown
Institut français
7th March
Mezzo-Soprano Fiona McGown joins baroque Ensemble les Ombres for a sensitive musical programme inspired by the three Fates, mistresses of destiny. Calling on great composers, they span the ages and return to the popular origins of music to the timbre of the traverso and the viola da gamba.
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The Science of Hate: Matthew Williams and Shazia Mirza in Conversation
Science Museum
7th March 8.30pm - 9.30pm
World-leading criminologist and author of The Science of Hate Matthew Williams is joined by comedian and writer Shazia Mirza to discuss his findings in his book, which analyses human behaviour and examines the elusive ‘tipping point’ at the intersection of prejudice and hate.
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Demystifying Musuem Careers: The Role of the Graphic Designer
V&A South Kensington
26th Feb 1pm - 2pm
Join a talk by Senior Graphic Designer Kirsten Abildgaard. You’ll learn about what goes on in the design studio of a national museum, from designing exhibitions and object labels to signage and wayfinding.
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How to Build a Low-Carbon Home
Design Museum Kensington
Until 10th March 10am - 6pm
Closing soon! How can we design our homes to respond to the climate emergency? Discover how architects are reimagining wood, stone and straw to design homes fit for the future in this free display.
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Discoveries and Innovations in South Kensington: February Highlights

From the extraordinary cultural and educational institutions in South Kensington, we have put together some recent highlights of exciting discoveries, research and news from the London's home of arts and science.
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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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