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

*UPDATED* Calling Artists and Makers – Artists Commission Opportunity

*UPDATED* Calling Artists and Makers – Artists Commission Opportunity

***The Previously advertised deadline for proposals has been EXTENDED until 18 April*** Bloomsbury Festival is seeking to commission an early career artist/maker to design and make/build a unique and enchanting ‘pop-out’ map or model of the Bloomsbury area as part of its Festival in a Box. Festival in a Box is a project that offers people who can’t get out to the Festival an opportunity to participate in an enjoyable cultural event. At present we are working predominantly with adults living with dementia. We want to incorporate a specially designed artwork into the ‘box’ itself so that it becomes a

Short Story Slam Winner

One of this year’s festival events was a short story slam. Entrants were invited to submit a short story on the festival theme of “Light” of no more than 750 words in length. Shortlisted entries were read at the event, and the winner was chosen by the audience… and here it is! The Eclipse by Martin Wakefield The office was as usual but she felt restless and decided to return home from the city early. It was the time of the evening when the lights from within the houses were beginning to outshine the daylight, before curtains had been pulled

Our 2015 Festival

Our 2015 Festival

It’s hard to believe – after all the hard work that has gone in behind the scenes – that our 2015 Festival weekend is over! Thousands of people enjoyed over 130 activities over the four days. There were so many highlights, but if we had to pick one, Friday night’s LIGHT UP STORE STREET was a huge success, with thousands turning up to see the spectacular light sculptures, and a really great atmosphere along the street and in all the shops and businesses. Thanks to everyone who took part in this years festival; our funders, sponsors, performers, artists, speakers, traders,

Have a way with words? Your short story could be part of the Festival!

Do you have a way with words? Would you like to hear your work performed professionally in Bloomsbury, the literary heart of London during its famous festival? Organisers of a flash fiction event, running as part of the Festival, are looking for new pieces of writing to showcase on Sunday 25th October at the Short Story Slam at Perserverance pub on Lamb’s Conduit Street. The winner will be published on the Festival website and receive a bag of Bloomsbury goodies! All you need to do is put together up to 750 words on the theme of Light and submit it