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South Kensington has been abuzz with exciting Easter holiday festivities. As the holiday season draws to a close, delve into our fun-packed Easter Holiday listing to make the most of the final days before the kids return to school!

Make sure not to miss out on the opportunity to experience these popular exhibitions before they say goodbye — like the immersive exhibition 'Turn it up: The Power of Music' at the Science Museum and the captivating 'Ainu Stories: Contemporary Lives by the Saru River' at Japan House London.

As we bid farewell to some exhibitions, we eagerly welcome new and thrilling ones to South Kensington. Discover the extraordinary world of birds at the Natural History Museum's 'Birds: Brilliant and Bizarre', and delve into centuries of Japanese design at Japan House London's 'Design Discoveries: Towards a DESIGN MUSEUM JAPAN' both opening in May.  Additionally, don't miss out on the recently opened free gallery at the Science Museum: Energy Revolution: The Adani Green Energy Gallery, where you can explore the fascinating future of energy. Check out our complete guide to all the exhibitions in South Kensington.

 
 
  What's on  
 
 
 
Performance Festival 2024: ‘Remastered’
 
V&A South Kensington
19th April - 28th April Various Times
 
Through a range of special free and ticketed events – live performances, talks, tours, screenings, workshops, and more – ‘Remastered’ invites audiences to explore the beauty of transformation; from making anew, to remixing the past, and inspiring the future.
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Birds: Brilliant and Bizarre
 
Natural History Museum
24th May - 5th Jan 10am - 5.50pm
 
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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Yinka Shonibare CBE: Suspended States
 
Serpentine
12th April - 1st Sept 10am - 6pm
 
Suspended States is the artist’s first London solo exhibition in over 20 years. It showcases new works, interrogating how systems of power affect sites of refuge, debates on public statues, the ecological impact of colonialisation and the legacy of imperialism on conflict and consequential attempts at peace.
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Ainu Stories: Contemporary Lives by the Saru River
 
Japan House London
16th Nov - 21st April 10am - 8pm
 
Closing soon! Experience Ainu culture as it exists today in the southern Hokkaido region of Biratori in the UK's first exploration of the contemporary lives of this indigenous people of northern Japan.
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Friday Late: Feminist Futures
 
V&A South Kensington
26th April 6.30pm – 10.00pm
 
Artists, performers and collectives explore alternative pathways of feminism through sensorial experiences, healing, activism practices and ancestral stories. The evening will share how feminist networks of care can be extended beyond conventional boundaries,
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Energy Revolution: The Adani Green Energy Gallery
 
Science Museum
Daily 10am - 6pm
 
Discover how the world can generate and use energy more sustainably to limit climate change in the Science Museum’s new, free gallery. Energy Revolution looks at the past, present and future of sustainable energy and how we can achieve a low carbon world.
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Late Night Jazz: Women's Words, Sisters' Stories
 
Royal Albert Hall
25th April 9.30pm
 
Peggy Lee, Billie Holiday, Betty Carter and Abbey Lincoln weren’t just great jazz vocalists – they were also songwriters, who contributed some key works to the canon. In Women’s Words, Sisters' Stories, vocalist Ineza and the Alex Webb Trio explore the repertoire penned by the great female songstresses.
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Design Discoveries: Towards a DESIGN MUSEUM JAPAN
 
Japan House London
15th May – 8th Sept 10am - 8pm
 
This free exhibition sees seven major Japanese designers, from filmmakers to architects, consider what they would select for a permanent design collection in Japan. Displays range from Jōmon pottery to sportswear, musical instruments to festivals, together with their story.
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Image credit: Versace dress El Mirage, © Herb Ritts Foundation.  
Fragile Beauty: Photographs from the Sir Elton John and David Furnish Collection
 
V&A South Kensington
Opens 18th May 10am - 5.45pm
 
An unparalleled selection of the world's leading photographers, telling the story of modern and contemporary photography. Discover iconic images across subjects such as fashion, celebrity, reportage and the male body.
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Ardagh Young Creatives x Resolve
 
Design Museum
12th April 11am - 3pm
 
Are you aged 14 – 25 and curious about furniture design? Do you consider yourself underrepresented in the design and creative fields? Join this free collaborative workshop with Resolve Collective to learn how to make a seat inspired by the pioneering designer and artist Enzo Mari.
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Talk with Professor Chris Lintott - Scientific Surprises and Accidental Discoveries
 
Natural History Museum
30th April 6.30pm - 8.00pm
 
As part of their 'Dig Deeper series' the event will explore some of the more surprising scientific discoveries scientists have uncovered over the years. from a meteorite discovered in Winchombe, to an unidentified toad scientists thought impossible to be from Kenya. It will end with a ‘show and tell’ so you can look at the specimens up close and ask the scientists any questions.
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Underworld: a descent through poetry
 
Royal Geographical Society (with IBG)
19th April 7pm - 9pm
 
With a focus on ecologies, groundwork, concealed networks, and the physical landscape, a series of live performances will explore the textures, musicality, and imagery of the undergrowth, from the intricate networks of the wood wide web to the meanderings of worms.
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Madonna in Paradise
 
Cromwell Place
17th - 21st April 11am - 7pm
 
Combining skill and the simplicity of the medium, anxiety and irony, naivety and kitsch, contemporary artist and performer Danila Polyakov explores questions of identity, the interaction of humans and technology, and himself and his relationship to the external world.
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When Marianne and Britannia Meet Exhibition
 
Institut français
28th March - 27th April 1pm - 6pm
 
Tracing the history of the Entente Cordiale agreements and their global repercussions, the exhibition brings together for the first time, or reunites, archives of great historical and symbolic significance.
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In Short, Europe: Best of Best
 
Goethe-Institut
26th - 28th April Various Times
 
In Short, Europe is back with a collection of award-winning short films from 28 European countries. Five programmes, including a special selection of children's animation, will celebrate European film through awarding winning shorts taking us on an exciting journey across the continent and its stories. Hosted at Ciné Lumière at Institut français.
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Put away CHILDISH THINGS?
 
Imperial College London
20th March - 15th April 10am - 5pm
 
Put Away Childish Things? invites its viewers to engage with the works as potential toys or games. To imaginatively unravel the rules by which the (Art) objects have come into being and might be read, or to toy with the potential ways with which they might be played.
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Premise
 

4th - 19th April 11am - 3.30pm
 
An opportunity to visit an art exhibition this Easter in the stunning Queen Alexandra House - their first Exhibition in over 100 years!
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The Great Exhibition Road Festival
 
Great Exhibition Road Festival
15th - 16th June
 
With less than a month to go before the festival, register now and explore extraordinary events in South Kensington (many of which are free)!
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Discoveries and Innovations in South Kensington: Highlights from March
 
Discover South Kensington
 
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
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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