Call-out for performance submissions! –

Attention artists and companies! Are you interested in being part of Bloomsbury Festival 2019? Taking place over 10 days from 11 – 20 October 2019 across Bloomsbury’s major venues and hidden spaces, the festival aims to amplify creative development in Bloomsbury, give a platform to its emerging talent and create interesting collaborations across arts and science. We are seeking performances that: Are across the disciplines of theatre, dance, spoken word, cabaret. Your piece could be an intervention or interaction on the street, a show in a found space, or staged in a traditional theatre. We are open to imaginative staging

The Rt Hon Sir Keir Starmer QC, MP announced as new Patron of Bloomsbury Festival –

We are thrilled to announce that The Rt Hon Sir Keir Starmer QC, MP has agreed to become a patron of Bloomsbury Festival. Labour Member of Parliament since 2015 for Holborn and St Pancras, in which Bloomsbury is situated, Keir is also Shadow Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union. Previously he was a human rights lawyer, and served as Director of Public Prosecutions and Head of the Crown Prosecution Service from 2008 -2013. Bloomsbury Festival has a small circle of Patrons who are supportive of its aims, vision and creative output. Keir Starmer joins two other distinguished Bloomsbury Festival patrons; Her Grace,

Bloomsbury Festival 2019 –

Announcing the 2019 Bloomsbury Festival theme – Small steps and giant leaps! On 20 July 1969 one lone figure made a muffled pronouncement watched by scientists, politicians, and families across the globe, “One small step for man, one giant leap for mankind”.  We had done it!  A Man Was Walking On The Moon! We is the right word – for behind Neil Armstrong’s lunar landing were more than 400,000 NASA engineers, scientists and technicians – not to mention all those who dreamed of such an adventure. Inspired by the 50th anniversary of this historic achievement, our 2019 Festival theme Small steps and giant leaps will act as a

Audience Feedback –

If you came to a Bloomsbury Festival event this year we’d really like to receive your feedback. Our audience survey helps us gain a better understanding of our audience and their needs, helping us plan for future festivals. > Fill in our audience survey here

The Chestertons/Bloomsbury Festival Children’s Art Competition –

Calling all young budding artists! Enter our artwork competition for a chance to win a fantastic prize! The theme is ‘Who is the Biggest Inspiration in Your Life?’. We’re on the hunt to find a young artist that can creatively represent the biggest inspiration in their life – whether that be their mum or dad, sports star, someone in the news or from their local community, or even their favourite super-hero, in whatever shape or form. > Download the guidelines and application form here for details of how to submit your entry

Calling Everyday Activists! –

We are collecting stories from the people of Bloomsbury of all ages and backgrounds, who are trying in any way, big or small, to change things for the better. You might have already made a difference – to your own life or that of someone else, you might be part of a community group or school or be a scientist, a researcher, or a writer famous or budding… Come and tell us your story at the UCL Activism Hub on Saturday 20 October. We hope Activists will become a sound and visual installation for Bloomsbury Festival 2019, celebrating the positive

Full 2018 Festival Programme Announced –

We are delighted to announce the full Bloomsbury Festival 2018 programme. For five days in October, Bloomsbury Festival will present a trailblazing programme of science, literature, performance, music, and discussion, shining a light on the radical imaginations, institutions and 11,000 residents of contemporary Bloomsbury. Inspired by the centenary of the Representation of the People Act, the theme of the 2018 festival is Activists and Architects of Change. The Festival will see over 140 events take place across this lively cultural quarter in major institutions like The British Museum and University College London (UCL), small and quirky spaces like The Horse

2018 Festival – Advance programme now on sale –

2018 Festival – Advance programme now on sale –

Bloomsbury Festival returns from 17 – 21 October with an inspiring programme of arts, science, literature, discussions and reflections, that shines a light on the radical imaginations, institutions and residents of contemporary Bloomsbury. The 2018 Festival theme is Activists and Architects of Change, inspired by the centenary of women’s right to vote for the first time, and celebrating everyday activists alongside world-changers. Highlight’s of this year’s festival will include our annual night-time street party, Roll Up Store Street, celebrating the 250th anniversary of circus; a Suffragette Scavenger Hunt, workshops, talks and performances celebrating the women who fought for the right

Classical Music Media Partnership with Rhinegold Publishing –

Classical Music Media Partnership with Rhinegold Publishing –

We are delighted to announce a media partnership with Rhinegold Publishing for our classical music programme. Alfred Jahn, Marketing Manager at Rhinegold Publishing, said: ‘As one of the UK’s leading classical music publishers with offices based in Bloomsbury, we are delighted to renew our partnership with the Bloomsbury Festival. This year’s music programme will provide a platform for up-and-coming classical artists with a series of lunchtime concerts, as well as bringing together local choirs from Great Ormond St Hospital, Westminster Kingsway College and Argyle School. We look forward to supporting the events through our titles including Classical Music and Choir & Organ’. A