Bloomsbury Festival 2021 took place from Friday 15 October until Sunday 24 October.

The theme for 2021 was Shining Light.

Working with partners from across Bloomsbury’s diverse academic, professional and resident communities the Bloomsbury Festival 2021 theme was ‘shining light’ on Bloomsbury’s people, places and creativity.

2021 enableed us to celebrate and illuminate Bloomsbury’s culture and communities, by making the people and places more visible in terms of the many cultures, their heritage, the creativity of artists and academics, and the historic places and buildings amongst which we live and work.

Festival events were developed with partners alongside new Bloomsbury Festival productions and commissions. Events included many different genres from arts to science, and walks to family activities, celebrating the areas pioneering creativity, and championing the people and institutions of this vibrant London cultural district.

View our 2021 Festival Brochure online here:


Writers from award-winning writers’ group 26 were paired with a broad range of events in the lead-up to the 2021 Festival. Discover their creative responses here.

Members from award-winning writers’ group 26 attended festival events daily to write creatively, engagingly and objectively about everything they saw going on around them. Read their responses here.