Taking place over 10 days from 11 – 20 October 2019 across Bloomsbury’s major venues and hidden spaces, the festival aims to amplify creative development in Bloomsbury, give a platform to its emerging talent and create interesting collaborations across arts and science.

We are seeking performances that:

  • Are across the disciplines of theatre, dance, spoken word, cabaret. Your piece could be an intervention or interaction on the street, a show in a found space, or staged in a traditional theatre. We are open to imaginative staging and as such, shows with minimal technical and set-up needs are preferred.
  • Can demonstrate links to Bloomsbury e.g. live, work or study here or intend to collaborate with partners in the area
  • Respond to our 2019 theme of Small Steps and Giant Leaps, inspired by the 50th anniversary of Neil Armstrong’s moon landing. This could be direct responses to the moon itself (space, astrology, folklore) or stories of other great endeavours and pioneering achievements (big or small, past or present, ideally linked to Bloomsbury)

Projects that offer opportunities to support artistic development or explore the crossover between arts and science are especially welcome.

The festival is delivered in close collaboration with local institutions, businesses and communities to shine a light on Bloomsbury. We are not able to offer fees but thanks to our partners we can provide in-kind venue space, marketing, logistical, fundraising and mentoring support as well as the opportunity to be part of a high-profile and exciting Central London festival. Box office split arrangements are possible at ticketed venues.

If you are interested in getting involved, please send a short introduction outlining your ideas, your practice and any useful links to,

Can I apply?

The Festival’s remit is to support creative development in Bloomsbury, and in terms of the work presented we have two main areas of focus: development opportunities for professional creative practitioners, and creative engagement for non-professionals including families, students and other residents.   The Festival programme includes arts, science, academic public engagement projects, performance, music, outdoor arts and other work that seeks an audience. We encourage creative practitioners and local individuals/community groups who work, study, or live in Bloomsbury to contact us to discuss possible projects for inclusion in the Festival programme.

Are there any specific criteria?

There are no specific criteria, but projects need to be creative, engaging and high quality.  We are particularly interested in work that provides a development opportunity for participants or audiences and/or projects that connect Bloomsbury’s diverse community.  Some projects are stand-alone events, such as an exhibition or a concert, others are events that work better when presented in a Festival hub (eg a workshop or a short talk).  All projects need to connect in some way to the Festival theme (as above).

What sort of work are you interested in?

The Festival programme aims to be stimulating, educative, interesting, exploratory and fun!  Bloomsbury Festival also provides a platform to test out a radical ideas or unusual collaborations, alongside polished performances.