Each year we programme around 100 creative events and exhibitions of which the majority are ‘Partner Events’. These showcase the cultural offer of Bloomsbury from many disciplines and from 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 marketing and ticketing of events within the festival programme.

The festival team also produces a showcase for emerging artists, writers and performers (New Wave Theatre, Lunchtime Concerts and a fine art strand), as well as a Discovery Hub exhibition for schools and family audiences, plus an opening outdoor event. For these specific events the festival offers technical production support.

2023 Theme ‘Grow
Following on from our 2022 theme ‘Breathe’ the 2023 Festival will be inspired by Grow. This theme can be interpreted in any way you wish. It could be the effects of population growth, concepts of personal growth, plants, gardens, buildings, landscape, history, people, etc. as long as there is a thread connecting it to ‘Grow’ we will consider it for 2023.

> Call for proposals – full details, faqs and how to apply (.pdf)
> Walks programme brief – additional information for walks (.pdf)
> New Wave Lunchtime Concerts brief – additional information for lunchtime concerts (.pdf)

Register here to take part in our call out meeting on 14 March, 5.30pm – 7pm.

Deadlines and timescales
– Applications to be submitted by Thurs 30 March
– Further discussion will take place with the festival team during April/Early May
– Partners will submit programming information along with marketing information and images on a google form in May (deadline 31 May)
– Festival brochure will be printed in early July
– Festival programme launch and all events live online: 13 July



2023 Festival Partner Call Out