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Great Exhibition Road Festival 2019

Imperial to bring its annual Festival out onto Exhibition Road for a weekend of art and science. Submit a proposal here

In the summer of 2019, Imperial will collaborate with 20 neighbours across the Albertopolis, including some of the world’s most iconic museum’s and institutions, to create a unique festival fusing art, science, technology and curiosity.

Invoking the spirit of the first Great Exhibition in 1851, which one-third of the country's population visited, The Great Exhibition Road Festival will offer a free weekend of discovery across the 29th and 30th of June. 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.

Imperial staff and students can put forward proposals for research demos, talks, workshops, behind-the-scenes tours, music and dance performances, and any other ideas to entertain and inspire through the Festival proposals form. Collaboration is at the heart of this Festival, so if you have ideas that involve working with the partners on, or around, Exhibition Road then we would be very eager to hear from you. The deadline for proposals to be submitted is 12 Noon, Monday 12th November 2018 

More information on the changes to the 2019 Festival offering for Imperial staff and students including the full list of partners for possible collaborations, and advice on the sort of ideas the team are looking for, can be found in the Great Exhibition Road Festival 2019_Proposals Process Guide.

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.

The organisers believe the range of partnering organisation will lead to unique collaborations between scientists, artists and other creative partners, giving the public the sort of one-off experiences 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 partners’ spaces to help introduce Imperial to new audiences.

Those interested in proposing a contribution to the Festival might be interested in reviewing the Imperial Festival Evaluation Report 2018‌ with comments from hundreds of our visitors on what they enjoyed and valued most

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 2017 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.