Bloomsbury Festival Announces Programme Inspired by Independence

Bloomsbury Festival Announces Programme Inspired by Independence

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:

Samuel Hayward wins Bloomsbury Festival Design Competition

Samuel Hayward wins Bloomsbury Festival Design Competition

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

Short Story Slam Winners

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

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

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

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