By - Usman Sanusi
The Great Exhibition Road Festival is a three-day celebration of science and the arts, in the spirit of the Great Exhibition of 1851.
Join Imperial College London, the Natural History Museum and Science Museum, the V&A, the Royal Albert Hall and other galleries, museums, and institutions on Exhibition Road and beyond.
To attend the festival, please make sure to register for free. Registering is the only way to receive the latest Festival updates, a first-look at the full programme, and exclusive opportunities to book onto popular talks and behind-the-scenes tours.
From understanding our world to exploring new ones, from new drone technology to imaginative design, and from symphony orchestras to the future of food, join us on Exhibition Road for a festival of curiosity, discovery, and exploration.
Note: The festival will begin on Friday with a series of separately ticketed events at our partner institutions. To attend the festival on Saturday and Sunday, please make sure to register for free.
Explore the extraordinary
Roll up, roll up to our science-inspired Victorian fairground of the heart in our Body and Mind zone. Or take an immersive, multi-sensory dip into dark matter. Whilst inside our robot zone you can play air hockey against a robot or ask our robot butler for a drink.
Experiment with us
Make your own tactile map of the moon, use lego Mindstorms and iPads to build autonomous vehicles to navigate the city or create your own wonder material sculptures and space art out on Exhibition Road.
Join the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra for The Planets: An HD Odyssey or become a member of the James Brown horn section – there’s loads of ways to immerse yourself in art, music and theatre at the Festival. Contribute to a collaborative magazine using collage making and storytelling at our Imagination Station, or head to the performance tent to hear science-themed spoken word poetry.
Expand your mind
Escape the Festival for a full programme of talks and debates. We put a spotlight on the latest research covering everything from missions to Jupiter to air pollution mapping in the capital. Whilst our Ideas Exchange series sees artist, designers scientists and campaigners come together to discuss everything from the future of food to solving plastic in our oceans and the role AI can play in creativity.
The Festival is brought to you by… Imperial College London | Royal Commission of the Exhibition of 1851| Discover South Kensington | Royal Albert Hall | V&A | Science Museum | Royal College of Music | Natural History Museum | Historic Royal Places | The German National Tourist Office | Goethe-Institut London | Royal College of Art | Royal Parks | Royal Society of Sculptors | Design Museum | Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea | Westminster City Council | Kensington + Chelsea Art Weekend | Institut francais | Royal Geographical Society | Serpentine Gallery | Ismaili Centre
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