Our 2019 Partners

The Festival is a unique coming together of cultural institutions on and around Exhibition Road.

Our varied programme of events could not be made possible without the contributions of each partner. Find out more about who was involved in 2019 below.

Imperial College London

Imperial College London is a science-based university with an international reputation for excellence in teaching and research and is consistently rated amongst the world's best universities.

Royal Commission for the Exhibition of 1851

Founded in 1850 to administer the international exhibition of 1851, today it is a grant-making educational trust, providing funding for individuals, companies and organisations, particularly in scientific and technological disciplines.

Discover South Kensington

Discover South Kensington brings together the leading cultural and educational organisations in and around Exhibition Road to promote innovation and learning. South Kensington is London’s home of arts and science. 

Royal Albert Hall

The Royal Albert Hall is one of the UK’s most treasured and distinctive buildings, recognisable the world over. Well over a million people enjoy the 380+ events that are held in the Hall’s auditorium each year.


The V&A is the world’s leading museum of art and design, housing a permanent collection of over 2.3 million objects that span over 5,000 years of human creativity.

Science Museum

The Science Museum is world-renowned for its historic collection, remarkable galleries and inspirational exhibitions, with around 15,000 objects on public display.

Royal College of Music

The Royal College of Music is one of the world’s great conservatoires, training gifted musicians from all over the world for international careers as performers, conductors and composers.

Natural History Museum

The Natural History Museum, famous for its beautiful Victorian building, is home to the nation’s finest collection of natural history specimens.

Historic Royal Palaces

Historic Royal Palaces is an independent charity that looks after the Tower of London, Hampton Court Palace, the Banqueting House, Kensington Palace, Kew Palace and Hillsborough Castle. 

German National Tourist Office

On behalf of the German federal government the German National Tourist Office is an international marketing organisation promoting tourism and travel to Germany. It represents Germany throughout the world as a destination for short breaks, holidays and business travel.

Goethe-Institut London

The Goethe-Institut is Germany’s cultural institute. It offers educational opportunities, promotes intercultural relations, and organises cultural events that attract thousands of people each year.

Royal College of Art

The Royal College of Art, the internationally renowned art and design university, provides students with unrivalled opportunities to deliver art and design projects that transform the world.

The Royal Parks

The Royal Parks manages the 5,000 acres of London parkland that make up the eight Royal Parks including Kensington Gardens and Hyde Park.

Royal Society of Sculptors

The Society has ambitions to be a leading centre for sculpture and 3D art. Their programme of exhibitions and events are designed for visitors and participants to experience a diverse range of contemporary work through original exhibitions, artists' talks and creative workshops. 

Design Museum

The world's leading museum devoted to contemporary design in every form. From architecture and fashion to graphics, product and industrial design, the has museum can be found on High Street Kensington,

Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea

The Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea is an inner London borough of royal borough status. As the smallest borough in London and the second smallest district in England, this urban area is one of the most densely populated in the UK.

Westminster City Council

The City of Westminster is an Inner London borough that also holds city status. It occupies much of the central area of Greater London including most of the West End.

Kensington + Chelsea Art Weekend

The Kensington + Chelsea Art Weekend celebrates the rich heritage of the borough by opening doors to local creative spaces along with leading organisations in the area to facilitate engagement in the local culture.​

Institut français

The Institut français is the official French government centre of language and culture in the UK. As part of the Cultural Centre, the Ciné Lumière is a showcase for the best French, European and world cinema.

Royal Geographical Society (with IBG)

The Royal Geographical Society (with the IBG) is the UK's learned society and professional body for geography, founded in 1830. They are a world leader in advancing geography and supporting its practitioners in the UK and across the world.

Serpentine Galleries

The Serpentine Galleries present world-renowned exhibitions of art, architecture and design throughout the year. There are two exhibition spaces - the Serpentine Gallery and the Serpentine Sackler Gallery.

The Ismaili Centre

Part of an international family of Ismaili Centres, this is the first religious, cultural and social space for the Shia Ismaili Muslim community in the West.