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Your guide to what's on in South Kensington over the coming weeks!

The Great Exhibition Road Festival is just over a month away on 15th & 16th June with an exciting programme of free talks, performances, workshops and tours, including our Discover South Kensington tours! Register for the Festival to get the latest updates and to be the first to find out about free tickets for popular talks, workshops and shows.

Mark your calendars for some extraordinary exhibitions. On May 15th, Japan House London presents  'Design Discoveries: Towards a DESIGN MUSEUM JAPAN,' which sees seven major Japanese designers consider what they would select for a permanent design collection in Japan.  From May 23rd, immerse yourself in the iconic artworks of Judy Chicago at the Serpentine in 'Judy Chicago: Revelations.' On 24th May, 'Birds: Brilliant and Bizarre' opens at the Natural History Museum, where you'll uncover the epic tale of our avian friends.

It's almost time to welcome a new BBC Proms season at the Royal Albert Hall. There is still time to explore the programme, before tickets go on general sale at 9 am on 18th May.

Finally, check out our May half-term itinerary and plan a great day out with the family in South Kensington.

 
 
  What's on  
 
 
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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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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BBC Proms 2024
 
Royal Albert Hall
19 July - 14 Sept Various Times
 
Tickets are selling fast for this years BBC Proms! See your favourite classical standards, a wealth of special guests, contemporary concerts including Florence and the Machine, Sam Smith, and the return of the CBeebies Prom, and much more this summer.
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Beyond Words
 
Institut français
9th - 19th May Various Times
 
The Institut français’ festival of literature, Beyond Words will feature acclaimed authors and new voices, and the latest publications from both sides of the Channel.
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Judy Chicago: Revelations
 
Serpentine
23rd May - 1st Sept 10am - 6pm
 
This exhibition is the artist’s largest solo presentation in a London institution. It focuses on drawing – a medium Chicago has explored for over six decades and traces the arc of the artist’s career, bringing together archival and never-before-seen artworks.
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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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Careers Live
 
Science Museum
28th - 29th May All Day
 
Visit the Science Museum in May half-term for an opportunity to meet fragrance experts who work alongside the Fragrance Foundation UK in our free interactive family-friendly workshops.
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RCM Festival of Percussion
 
Royal College of Music
12th May All Day
 
Experience a spectacular celebration of percussion at the Royal College of Music's annual Festival of Percussion! From marimbas to xylophones, timpani to tambourines, this festival features something for all to enjoy!
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Enzo Mari
 
Design Museum
29th March - 8th Sept 10am - 5pm
 
Celebrate the life and work of one of the greatest Italian designers of the 20th century, Enzo Mari, in this major exhibition. Explore the exhibition with The Fable Family Trail featuring activities for children and young people.
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Family Flight Night
 
Natural History Museum
31st May 6.30pm - 9.30pm
 
Fly the nest and bring your flock along for an evening of fun as the Natural History Museum celebrate their new exhibition Birds: Brilliant and Bizarre with a night all about flight.
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Life Drawing with 2B Or Not 2B Collective at Leighton House
 
Leighton House and Sambourne House Museum
14 May, 4 June & 2 July 1pm - 3pm
 
Hone your life drawing skills in the grand Studio of Victorian artist Frederic Leighton. Led by 2B Or Not 2B Collective this monthly series aims to provide a fresh take on what life drawing can be and celebrates diversity in their roster of models.
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Career insight: Exploring careers in Visual Storytelling
 
V&A South Kensington
25th May 2pm - 3pm
 
This event will bring together film makers and animators to discuss the role of visual storytelling in their work. From the creative process behind storyboarding and producing films to practical guidance on how to build a career in animation and film making.
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Image credit: Jean Huang  
Co-creating with Nature: SustainLab RCA Annual Show
 
Royal College of Art
13th - 17th May 10am - 6pm
 
SustainLab RCA presents a ‘Co-creating With Nature’ exhibition, revealing RCA students’ works that embed sustainability through materials and processes.
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Natural History Museum Gardens Opening Soon!
 
Natural History Museum
Daily 10am - 5.50pm
 
It's official on July 18th will unveil its new gardens! Discover a haven for wildlife sights and sounds this summer season.
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Brothers and Ghosts by Khuê Phạm
 
Goethe-Institut
21st May 7pm
 
Join writers Khuê Phạm and Juhea Kim for an evening of literary conversation to celebrate the publication of Phạm's novel Brothers and Ghosts in English, translated by Daryl Lindsey and Charles Hawley.
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Introduction to Flowers on Tulle Embroidery at Dora House
 
The Royal Society of Sculptors
30th May 6.30pm - 8.30pm
 
Learn the basics of flowers-on-tulle embroidery in this three-hour workshop and make your own “moon hoop” – a moon-shaped floral design in a 6” wooden embroidery hoop. It makes a wonderful present as a wall hanging, or even a wedding ring holder.
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Discover South Kensington's Nature
 
Discover South Kensington
15th - 16th June Various Times
 
Part of the Great Exhibition Road Festival: Join us on a 'walkshop' around South Kensington to learn more about nature, biodiversity and wildlife in London, exploring hidden refuges for nature and learning about how London's plants and animals are being affected by climate change.
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  Competitions  
 
 
Image credit: Ash  
Win two tickets to see Swan Lake in-the-round at the Royal Albert Hall
 
Royal Albert Hall
12th June 7.30pm
 
This June, the Royal Albert Hall will be showing Derek Deane’s critically acclaimed production of Swan Lake in-the-round. To celebrate, we have two tickets to giveaway to one lucky winner to see the magic unfold on the 12th June, 7.30pm.
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Win tickets to Out Shopping: The Dresses of Marion and Maud Sambourne (1880-1910)
 
Leighton House and Sambourne House Museum
 
Leighton House and Sambourne House are offering you the opportunity to win 4 tickets to view this exhibition. Out Shopping: The Dresses of Marion and Maud Sambourne (1880-1910) offers a fascinating glimpse into late Victorian and early 20th-century fashion.
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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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