LOCAL, GLOBAL, INSPIRING – Bloomsbury Festival is a small charitable organisation to bring big ideas to the fore. Uniting world-leading academics and artists with local people, Bloomsbury Festival is a cultural event with a mission – it enhances lives, and provides opportunities, as well as putting on one of the capital’s most fascinating, playful and intriguing programmes of events.
Each year we need to raise £200,000. We rely on the generosity of individual supporters to help us reach this target and as little as £5 can make a difference.
2020: VISION. This year’s Vision theme will act as a catalyst to a wide spectrum of events from the arts and science of the visual world, to perception and futurology. Alongside a host of visual creative projects and amazing scientific discoveries, the 2020 programme will turn Bloomsbury inside out, making visible the parts and people rarely seen, and working across the Festival to envisage Bloomsbury in 2120. Events will include the Festival’s opening with Store Street Promenade, Festival Hubs at Holy Cross Church and Conway Hall featuring arts, science, talks and debates, and New Wave, a programme showcasing bright new talent emerging from local universities including RADA and Slade School of Art. In addition, whilst adhering to ongoing government advice, we will be presenting our Vision in several creative ways, including outdoor walk through events, exhibitions, and galleries, hybrid live streamed concerts and performances, and digital presentations of artworks and performances that are accessible for all.
Join with the area’s institutions, local authority, trusts and foundations, Arts Council England and local businesses, and help support the creation of this truly unique event. Your donation will ensure Bloomsbury Festival continues to be a creative and cultural catalyst for young and old, providing a well needed opportunity for us all to reunite in a creative community endeavour.
Your donation will support:
- Creative development for children, adults and elderly residents;
- Access for all – 60% of the Festival is free;
- Ground-breaking new work and great art;
- Development for artists and scientists of the future;
- Pioneering community outreach projects.”
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Bloomsbury Festival in a Box
Festival in a Box is a pioneering project that reconnects people living with dementia, and others who are socially isolated, with their own creativity. Developed with Age UK Camden and the School of Advanced Study, Festival in a Box takes artists into the homes of isolated people who would otherwise be unable to attend cultural events. The results are unique workshops and performances made between the artists and the participants in the participant’s living room!
Artists are carefully selected according to each participant’s interests, and come to the sessions with a toolkit of stimulating ideas and props designed to engage participants. Together the artists and participants make artworks, sing, tell and hear stories, watch a live performance – or create one together.
“This was an opportunity to take part in an activity that I thought I would never do again!” Participant, age 95, receiving FIAB Artist visits from professional contemporary dancer in which they co-choreographed and performed a seated dance sequence.
How you can help – Sponsor a box!
People living with dementia and health problems are often isolated, lacking confidence to participate in activities and events outside the home. But they retain their passion for culture. Festival in a Box gives them a unique opportunity to participate in cultural events, from which they might otherwise be excluded. In 2018 we want to continue the project and expand its reach so that more participants can have this enriching experience – to do so, we urgently need further funding. Each Festival in a Box participant experience costs £250 to cover the cost of artists, training, materials and specialist support. Our goal is to deliver experiences to 20 participants, which means we need to raise £5,000.
No-one should be excluded from cultural life so please help us – sponsor your own ‘Festival in a Box’ today. Any amount you can give will help us reach our goal!