The Bloomsbury Festival brings together culture and community, celebrating and showcasing diverse and contemporary ideas, creativity and people in Bloomsbury to our local audience and the world. In 2022 our programme theme is Breathe. This can be interpreted in a number of ways including environment, air quality, wellbeing, freedom of speech and self-expression.
Each year we programme over 100 creative events and exhibitions of which the majority are ‘Partner events’. They showcase the cultural offer of Bloomsbury including all disciplines and of all parts of our unique inner-city community, including residents and institutions. The festival offers a platform for Partner events in a variety of venues, and supports the programme with marketing and ticketing of events within the festival programme. The festival team carefully curates the programme, including both events and activities that we produce ourselves and those proposed to us which we present as part of the Festival. We cannot guarantee to include all Partner suggestions in the festival programme of events.
Can I apply?
We encourage creative individuals who work, study, or live in Bloomsbury to contact us to discuss possible projects for inclusion on the Festival programme. The Festival includes arts, literature, science, walks, tours, academic public engagement projects, and other work that seeks an audience;
Are there any specific criteria?
There are no specific criteria for project proposals, but projects need to be of a high quality, engaging for general audiences, and to sit within the context of the Festival theme;
What sort of work are you interested in?
The Festival aspires to be entertaining, stimulating, educative, interesting, and exploratory. Bloomsbury Festival is a platform for ideas and creativity, providing the opportunity to test out a radical idea or an unusual collaboration, alongside a polished performance.
Where will my project be presented?
We have partner venues indoors and outdoors across Bloomsbury
How do I put forward a proposal?
To discuss your ideas, whether, how and where they might fit in the Festival programme please email email@example.com copying in firstname.lastname@example.org and one of our programme managers will get in touch with you to discuss things further.
– Event or exhibition outline should be presented by email or discussion by Friday 8 April
– Further discussion will take place with the festival team in April/early May – at this point we will agree any details of venue etc.
– Partner will submit programming information along with marketing information and images on a google form in mid-May. Deadline 31 May.
– Festival brochure will be produced early July.