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
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
Photographs of Bloomsbury Festival 2017 by Stuart Keegan and Christian Fisher.
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
Bloomsbury Festival and the University of London are seeking to commission an exciting and original artistic response to materials associated with their ‘Festival in a Box’ project. Each year, Bloomsbury Festival hope to commission one new piece of work based on the Festival in a Box project. This artwork will be programmed during the festival in October (18 – 22 October 2017). We hope that this will raise the visibility of the project, and provide a way of integrating the stories and memories of ‘socially isolated’ people back into the community, making them a key part of the explosion of
For five days in October, Bloomsbury Festival will present a trailblazing programme of science, literature, performance, music, poetry, theatre, dance, discussion and reflection, shining a light on the radical imaginations, institutions and 11,000 residents of contemporary Bloomsbury, one of youngest and most diverse areas in the country. Taking place everywhere, from major institutions like The British Museum and University College London to quirky indoor and outdoor spaces, 200+ mostly free events will pop-up across this lively cultural quarter. 2017 will be the biggest and boldest year to date. The Festival’s theme is independence, a wide-ranging theme pertinent to our community:
Each year, the Festival runs a competition for BA (Hons) Graphic Communication Design, Central Saint Martin’s students to design the Festival’s publicity image. This year’s winning entry is by Samuel Hayward. The Duchess of Bedford announced the winner at a Festival’s launch for sponsors and key Festival partners at The Bloomsbury Hotel on 12th June. Depicting a colourful bird rising out of the University of London’s Senate House, all judges agreed that the design cleverly combined the celebratory essence of the Festival with this year’s theme, independence. Kate Anderson, Director of Bloomsbury Festival says: “Samuel Hayward’s entry was most definitely a
Friends and sponsors of Bloomsbury Festival gathered at a reception at The Bloomsbury Hotel on Great Russell Street on Monday 12 June to mark the launch of this year’s Festival. Thank you to Bloomsbury Hotel for supporting the event.
Futureperfectwriters’ Short Story Slam took part on 22 October at the Festival. Shortlisted entries were performed at the event, with the winner chosen by audience vote. This competition was open to all, and stories were based on the Festival theme of language and were to be no more than 750 words. We are delighted to share with you the winning story by Andrés Ordorica below. You can also download the 2nd and 3rd place entries: Mother Tongue by Penny Cliff and We Speak in Tongues by Edward Head. WINNING ENTRY: The word is mine and not yours By Andrés Ordorica I have always found the
Our Salon will offer an evening of readings and performances accompanied with food and wine. Drawing upon the talents and scholarly interests of the Institutes of the School of Advanced Study and Senate House Library, the event will evoke the spirit of the Cabaret Voltaire, which in 1916 which launched the Dadaist movement in Zurich. Dada sought to create art of the ‘here and now’, at a time when artists were fleeing their home countries in the shadow of the Great War: Hugo Ball (Germany), Richard Huelsenbeck (Germany), Tristan Tzara (Romania), Marcel Janco (Romania) and Hans Arp (France). Just as