Festival exclusives

The Festival has brought together our world-famous institutions to create new experiences for one weekend only. From panel discussions to curator exchange, don't miss out on seeing these exclusive collaborations.

All Ages
Performance

Brass revolution!

Think you know brass music? Think again. Experience the innovation, playfulness and spirit of brass from original Victorian instruments to today's big brass funk sound.

Age 12+
Talk

The engineers: space flight

The BBC World Service with the Royal Commission for the Great Exhibition of 1851 bring together three of the world's greatest astronautical engineers to discuss space flight at the Great Exhibition Road Festival. The event will be recorded and broadcast on the BBC World Service.

Adults
Performance

Free Friday music

Join us at the Science Museum for an evening of live Jazz in the Exploring Space gallery, brought to you by the Royal Albert Hall.

Age 12+
Workshop

Making moirés

Create your own hypnotic, wavy lined sculptures inspired by the patterns formed when two layers of graphene are placed on top of one another and given a small twist.

Family
Workshop

Architectural discovery with the RIBA

Join the V&A and the RIBA for a day of creative 2D and 3D drawing activities exploring the cities of the future.

Age 12+
Talk

Wonder, passion & terror: what music tells us about our brain

Join Lord Robert Winston in a lively conversation with Stephen Johns, Artistic Director at the Royal College of Music, about the meeting of their two disciplines, science and music.

Adults
Tour

Curator exchange

See the Natural History Museum's collection in a new light on a guided tour with curators from the Royal Society of Sculptors and the V&A.

Age 12+
Exhibition

Museum of food

Join artists, designers and scientists from V&A, Imperial College, Royal College of Art, Design Museum and Institut Francais as they delve in to the future of food, what it means to us and how we eat.

Family
Workshop

Houston we have a problem

Science reality meets design fiction in this set design workshop, which will reimagine the Apollo 11 moon landing (1969), revolving around three key stages of the mission.

Adults
Talk

Robert Thomas: Music in the age of AI, the web and biometrics

Algorithmic composer Robert Thomas joins 6 Music DJ Nemone Mataxas to talk about the future of music. In a world where AI, VR, AR, the web and biometric data open up a whole world of possibilities, what lies ahead for music?

All Ages
Exhibition

North Kensington: A world in itself

An exhibition from North Kensington Youth Forum featuring a series of globes they have made representing their local area and short film showing the neighbourhood from their perspective.

All Ages
Exhibition

Wild Kensington: Exploring wildlife through art

An exhibition of community artwork inspired by local and global wildlife, produced from a series of workshops facilitated by the Royal College of Art and Natural History Museum.

All Ages
Talk

Food: All about the plate

Join V&A curators as they present their new exhibition 'FOOD: Bigger than the Plate' with live drawings by French illustrator Guillaume Long.