Bells Wanted

Bells Wanted

  Do you have a small ornamental brass bell collecting dust on your mantelpiece? Wouldn’t you love it to ring out for a good and entertaining cause? We are looking for twenty to thirty of these to create an ecstatic cacophony in celebration of every child’s right to play. This will form part of ‘ A Song For Coram’s Fields’ which will be performed in Coram’s Fields WC1 by young singers from two Holborn primary schools on October 19th. Bell donations can be left at the Bloomsbury Festival Emporium, 12 Sicilian Avenue.   A Song for Coram’s Fields is a

Roxana Haines talks about An Album of Memories

Roxana Haines talks about An Album of Memories

Everybody knows someone who has lost a bit of their memory. In fact, all of us forget things now and then. But with an increasingly ageing population, the situation’s changing as dementia and Alzheimer’s affect more people then ever. Indomitable Productions is a multi-disciplinary performance collective that reimagines classical music for contemporary audiences. We’re also passionate about the positive neurological effects of music on the brain, the power of good conversation and the benefits of tea and cake. So over the last year we’ve worked with Age UK Camden, Camden Carers and specialists from Bristol North NHS to develop a

Lena Herzog’s Last Whispers at The British Museum

Lena Herzog’s Last Whispers at The British Museum

Last Whispers, Oratorio for Vanished Voices, Collapsing Universes and a Falling Tree is an immersive installation of new work by artist Lena Herzog (concept and direction) built on her themes of ritual and gesture, as well as her exploration of loss and dislocation. Last Whispers is a project about a mass extinction. Every two weeks, the world loses a language. At an unprecedented speed, faster than the extinction of some species, our linguistic diversity—the very means by which we know ourselves—is eroding. Today, more than half of the world population speaks only 30 of the 7,000 languages remaining on earth. It is estimated that

Pushkin House’s music curator Alexander Karpeyev on celebrating Prokofiev

Pushkin House’s music curator Alexander Karpeyev on celebrating Prokofiev

In 2016 the whole world celebrates the 125th anniversary of Sergey Prokofiev, an emblematic Russian composer, one of the artists that makes up Russia’s Hall of Fame. CDs are being released and his music is being programmed around the globe. Valery Gergiev has put on two extraordinary galas in Moscow and St Petersburg and in September he is bringing his famous Mariinsky Orchestra to London’s Cadogan Hall to perform all of Prokofiev’s symphonies in the course of three evenings. Russian pianist Nikolay Lugansky continues to do the complete cycle of Prokofiev’s concertos with the Royal Scottish National Orchestra. On 5

Judith Glynn, sculptor and epidemiologist, talks about her artworks

Judith Glynn, sculptor and epidemiologist, talks about her artworks

In the build-up to the Festival the Bloomsbury Creative Lab brought together academics, artists and others to exchange ideas. When I was invited to take part on behalf of the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine, where I work, I queried whether I was being asked as a scientist (I am an epidemiologist, working on infectious disease) or as a sculptor. The answer was “Both”. I started sculpting a few years ago. My sculptures depict human life and interactions. For example, I use the double helix (the structure of DNA) as a metaphor for the way people interact but

Bloomsbury Festival Emporium opens on Sicilian Avenue

Bloomsbury Festival Emporium opens on Sicilian Avenue

We are delighted to be able to invite you to our new Festival Emporium based in beautiful Sicilian Avenue to pick up a brochure, have a coffee and chat about the Festival with our team. Bloomsbury Festival Emporium is no ordinary shop. Trading in creative experience and enriching atmospheres, you may encounter a Festival artist, beautician, scientist or award-wining chef when you visit. Coffee will be drunk and children entertained while you enjoy a complimentary chocolate brownie courtesy of Planet Organic. There will be a programme of events hosted at the Emporium from workshops to pop up performances. Sign up to the

Moonstricken by Vivien Conacher (mezzo soprano)

Moonstricken by Vivien Conacher (mezzo soprano)

Moonstricken is a performance piece that I have probably been thinking about, in one way or another, since I was a student. For my final vocal recital at the Royal College of Music, I found myself drawn to the multitudes of ‘mad’ songs in classical repertoire, and the different depictions of women on the edge. I was interested in what the ‘mad woman’ label may reveal about society more broadly – how free were women to express their thoughts and feelings, or to determine their own futures in general? Madness in these narratives so often seems to follow a doomed love affair, so was it a

Festival in A Box in Arts Professional

Festival in A Box in Arts Professional

How can you attend a festival if you can’t leave your house? Michael Eades describes a project bringing the festival experience to people with dementia. Festivals are collective experiences. They are meant to bring people together. But what if you get left out? Can you go to a festival even if you can’t leave the house? What about if you have problems with your memory and sometimes get lost on streets that you’ve known all your life? Are you still invited to the party? These are questions at the heart of a project that I’ve been working on over the past

Festival Director Kate Anderson in the Bloomsbury Journal

Festival Director Kate Anderson in the Bloomsbury Journal

We are delighted that Vaneesha Ritchie interviewed Festival Director Kate Anderson for the Bloomsbury Journal launch issue: ‘Kate Anderson isn’t simply engaged in her role as Director of the Bloomsbury Festival, she’s totally immersed in it. Facts and thoughts and ideas and their interconnections come tripping off her tongue, thick and fast and relevant. There’s a lot of information, but it’s all part of the process: focus, not whimsy. So by the time we part – hell, barely half way through the interview  – I really, really want to go to the Bloomsbury festival this year.’ See the article in its

Festival image competition winner announced

Festival image competition winner announced

We are delighted to announce that Wies van der Wal, an exchange student from the Netherlands in her second year of BA Graphic Communication Design at Central Saint Martins, was unanimously selected as the winner of the Bloomsbury Festival design competition this year. All the judges agreed that the design cleverly combined the celebratory essence of the Festival with this year’s theme, language. The competition was conceived by the Duchess of Bedford who was on the judging panel with Director of the Bloomsbury Festival Kate Anderson, artist Alan Baines, Senior Lecturer at Central Saint Martins Val Palmer, Development Officer of Arts and Tourism