“Bloomsbury Festival captures the diversity of bright minds connected to these few streets of London, from the past to the present day” The Guardian

Bloomsbury Festival is five-day celebration of the area’s pioneering creativity. Presenting an inspiring programme of arts, science, literature, performance, discussion and reflection, each October the Festival shines a light on the radical imaginations, institutions, and 11,000 residents that shape contemporary Bloomsbury.

Bloomsbury Festival will return, 17-21 October 2018. We are pleased to announce next year’s Festival theme will be Activists and Architects of Change.

2018 marks the centenary of The Representation of the People Act 1918, which permitted women to vote for the first time.  Whilst not all women (or indeed all men…) had the vote, it was a crucial moment in the campaign for equality and democracy.  Bloomsbury has rich history of activism and is as radical now as it has ever been; Bloomsbury institutions, thinkers and scientists pioneer change across the arts and sciences.  We anticipate an interesting and inspiring 2018 Festival!

If you’re interested in supporting or getting involved with the 2018 edition of the Festival, contact admin@bloomsburyfestival.org.uk.


Help raise £5,000 to bring joy to elderly and isolated people with Bloomsbury Festival in a Box

Music, art, dancing and crafts – we all love to watch and to join in. But many elderly and house bound people can no longer experience the joy of their own creativity or delight in that of others. Bloomsbury Festival runs a year round outreach project, Festival in a Box, that  brings the joy of arts and crafts back into the lives of local residents living with Dementia or other socially isolating health conditions. We work with Camden Age UK and a group of specially trained ‘Festival in a Box’ artists to create bespoke arts experiences tailored to the tastes and interests of the elderly participants. The artists, together with be-frienders from Age UK take arts into participant’s own homes.

Any amount you can give will help us reach our goal and bring this life-affirming project to people in need.
> Visit our SUPPORT page to find out more and donate now. Thank you.