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

Our Festival Design Winner

Our Festival Design Winner

As well as bringing you the best of the area’s creative talent during the Festival in October, this year, for the first time, we have teamed up with students at Central St Martins, giving them a chance to design the 2015 Festival image. We are delighted to finally reveal the brilliant winning image designed by Andrew Long. The competition was judged by top notch panellists including artist Rob Ryan, the Duchess of Bedford, Head of Arts and Tourism for Camden Council, Caroline Jenkinson, Senior Lecturer at CSM, Valerie Palmer, and our very own Festival Director Kate Anderson. The panel unanimously

Bloomsbury Festival PERFORMANCE CALL-OUT

Bloomsbury Festival PERFORMANCE CALL-OUT

Attention all performers! We’re looking for artists and companies who are interested in putting on performances during Bloomsbury Festival. We’re ideally looking for work which relates to Bloomsbury and our 2015 festival theme, which is LIGHT. Your performance could be theatre, dance or spoken word, or work that crosses genres. It might be existing work, or a new idea that you’d like to explore… The festival is happening from 22 – 25 October 2015, across Bloomsbury’s major venues and hidden spaces. Your piece might be an intervention or interaction on the street, a show in a found space, or staged in a traditional theatre

We had a launch party! Looking forward to Bloomsbury Festival 2015

We had a launch party! Looking forward to Bloomsbury Festival 2015

Last Tuesday a lively set of Bloomsbury locals – artists, academics, scientists, supporters – came together to celebrate this year’s Festival, which will take place from 22 – 25 October. We were really grateful to the Wellcome Collection for hosting us in their fantastic gallery, and to the people at the International Year of Light (particularly Tony) who helped put together the goodie bags on this year’s Festival theme: LIGHT. SPIE’s rainbow glasses went down particularly well – thank you SPIE! We installed a UV light in the gallery for the evening, so guests could discover facts about light… And

Bloomsbury Festival 2015

STOP PRESS:  2015 FESTIVAL DATES – THURSDAY 22 to SUNDAY 25 OCTOBER A lot has been happening behind the scenes at Bloomsbury Festival in the last few months. As you’ll remember, in 2014 we refreshed the festival’s vision, developed a three-year Business Plan and appointed a Director. Unfortunately Jo Metcalf, our newly appointed Director, had to withdraw in January for personal reasons. However, we are now delighted to announce that we have appointed Kate Anderson to lead the festival as its new Director. Kate has considerable experience as a senior arts leader, with a successful track record in running organisations and creating exciting artistic programmes