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:
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
Friends and sponsors of Bloomsbury Festival gathered at a reception at The Bloomsbury Hotel on Great Russell Street on Monday 12 June to mark the launch of this year’s Festival. Thank you to Bloomsbury Hotel for supporting the event.
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
Our Salon will offer an evening of readings and performances accompanied with food and wine. Drawing upon the talents and scholarly interests of the Institutes of the School of Advanced Study and Senate House Library, the event will evoke the spirit of the Cabaret Voltaire, which in 1916 which launched the Dadaist movement in Zurich. Dada sought to create art of the ‘here and now’, at a time when artists were fleeing their home countries in the shadow of the Great War: Hugo Ball (Germany), Richard Huelsenbeck (Germany), Tristan Tzara (Romania), Marcel Janco (Romania) and Hans Arp (France). Just as
I have loved Bloomsbury for as long as I’ve known it, and from 1972 to ’78 I worked at the former Dillon’s University Bookshop there. In those days the bookshop’s address was 1 Malet Street. It also looked onto Torrington Place, as part of a parade of shops with a café, a newsagent’s and a chemist’s. Gradually it spread across the entire block, now occupied by Waterstone’s at 82 Gower Street. The business was founded by Una J. Dillon (1903-1993), who had set up a small bookshop on Store Street in 1936. In 1956 the University of London invited her
Exile and the Kingdom, whose launch coincides with the Bloomsbury festival, is my fourth collection of poems. In five different sequences, it explores pilgrimage in all its facets: spiritual, physical, emotional, psychological. The origins of some of these poems go back decades in my own life and centuries in time. ‘Rhine Fugue’, conceived long before the Brexit vote but completed shortly before it, emerged from my love for and experience of Germany over many years. My other career, pursued in parallel with my writing, is as a teacher of German and French: the Rhineland is a home from home for
I’m Jo Wilkinson. I was born in University College Hospital more years ago than I’m happy to admit and I grew up locally. So Bloomsbury must be in my blood. This year I qualified as a Camden Guide. It’s a one-year course, which is hard work but really enjoyable. I have had enormous fun learning and researching about the whole borough but I especially loved the opportunity to learn more about the Foundling Hospital, founded by Captain Coram, who, horrified by the numbers of deserted children he saw on the streets of London, was determined to do something to help.
We’re documenting Bloomsbury with artist Joanne Morgan, who will be painting a mass portrait made up of Bloomsbury faces. Drop in to our Festival Emporium for coffee, brownies, and be immortalised in art. Thursday Sept. 29th & Thursday Oct. 6: 12pm – 2pm & 5pm – 7pm
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