Local, Global, Inspiring

Bloomsbury Festival is an annual celebration of the area’s creativity, presenting an inspiring programme of culture, arts, science, literature, performance, discussion and debate.


This year we have been inspired by the theme of Breathe. The Festival includes over 100 events across 10 days, ranging from hard-hitting creative reflections on the environment to quiet moments of mindfulness.

Our full programme of events is now on sale. Explore our event listings here.

We have an exciting mix of contemporary arts, music, performance, theatre, science displays, talks, walks and community events. Many are presented by emerging artists, writers and academics, others by established professionals, and some by the local community. We are delighted to receive support for our ‘Platform’ for emerging talent by Arts Council England, and this year we offer the start of what we hope will be an ongoing focus on Writers of Colour, which has developed from conversations with young residents of Bloomsbury.

Bloomsbury is a unique area, known internationally for its garden squares and stately buildings, its universities and its literary connections. But it is also an inner-city area bordered by one of the city’s most polluted roads. There are many local initiatives to improve the environment and our opening Store Street event celebrates Camden Council’s West End Project and the opening of Alfred Place Gardens.

Alongside the numerous regular venues offered by partners across Bloomsbury we are experimenting with our own new ‘fringe theatre’ venue at Dr Williams’s Library where we are presenting a programme of New Wave theatre.

“Bloomsbury Festival captures the diversity of bright minds connected to these few streets of London, from the past to the present day”
The Guardian

The SHM Foundation Camden Arts Council England University of London UCL Central Districy Alliance UCL