Great Exhibition Road Festival 2019
In 2019, we're bringing our annual Festival out onto Exhibition Road for a weekend of art and science.
In the summer of 2019, we will collaborate with 20 neighbours on Exhibition Road and across Albertopolis, including some of the world’s most iconic museums and institutions, to create a unique festival fusing art, science, technology and curiosity.
Invoking the spirit of the first Great Exhibition in 1851, which was visited by one-third of the country's population, The Great Exhibition Road Festival will offer a free weekend of discovery. It will mark the bicentenary of the birth of Queen Victoria and Prince Albert, and takes inspiration from the Prince's vision for the area as a dedicated centre for research, learning and creativity.
The event will be coordinated by the team behind Imperial’s own Festival, which attracted over 20,000 members of the public for its seventh iteration in 2018. For 2019, the organisers believe a similar ethos can help the Great Road Exhibition Festival provide an even larger platform for the College staff and students to engage new communities and audiences.
We believe the range of partnering organisations will lead to unique collaborations between scientists, artists and other creative partners, giving the public the sort of one-off experience that Exhibition Road is uniquely placed to provide. This approach could include talks, workshops and zones of live demos and interactive experiments delivered in other organisations' spaces to help introduce Imperial to new audiences.
The story so far
What started as a modest pilot project in 2012 to explore how Imperial College London might share its research with more people in new ways has now evolved into the College’s flagship public event. In 2018 more than 20,000 public and alumni visitors descended on Imperial’s South Kensington campus to enjoy the interactive stands, workshops, tours, talks and performances on offer.