On 20 July 1969 one lone figure made a muffled pronouncement watched by scientists, politicians, and families across the globe, “One small step for man, one giant leap for mankind”.  We had done it!  A Man Was Walking On The Moon!

We is the right word – for behind Neil Armstrong’s lunar landing were more than 400,000 NASA engineers, scientists and technicians – not to mention all those who dreamed of such an adventure.

Inspired by the 50th anniversary of this historic achievement, our 2019 Festival theme Small steps and giant leaps will act as a springboard for a host of creative and engaging Festival events and projects for 2019.  Celebrating endeavour, progress, and pioneering achievements Small steps and giant leaps will embrace the small vital contributions alongside the famous moments, shining a light on the radical imaginations, institutions and residents of contemporary Bloomsbury.

2019 Festival dates

In a further development for 2019, Bloomsbury Festival will be extended from five to ten days. Bloomsbury Festival 2019 will take place from Friday 11 October to Sunday 20 October.

Announcing the 2019 Bloomsbury Festival theme – Small steps and giant leaps!