Bloomsbury Festival 2018

Bloomsbury has been a hotbed of pioneering ideas, inventions and creativity for centuries; Bloomsbury Festival is a celebration of the people and organisations that shape this remarkable area.

For five days from 17th to 21st October , Bloomsbury Festival will present an inspiring programme of arts, science, literature, discussions and reflection, that shines a light on the radical imaginations, institutions and 11,000 residents of contemporary Bloomsbury, one of youngest and most diverse areas in the country. 

Taking place everywhere, including major institutions like The British Museum and University College London (UCL), small and quirky spaces like The Horse Hospital, in Bloomsbury’s historic garden squares, and on its famous streets, over 120 events will pop-up across this lively cultural quarter.  Most events are FREE.

The 2018 Festival theme is Activists and Architects of Change inspired by the centenary of The Representation of the People Act 1918, which permitted women to vote for the first time. Whilst not all women (or indeed all men…) had the vote, it was a crucial moment in the campaign for equality and democracy.

Kate Anderson, Bloomsbury Festival director says:

“Fostering collaborations between Bloomsbury’s world-leading research institutions, its drama, dance and art schools, its independent businesses, hospitals, primary schools and its 11,000 diverse residents, Bloomsbury Festival unites this vibrant area to create a fascinating programme for audiences of all ages.

This year’s theme of, Activists and Architects of Change is particularly apt for Bloomsbury, which has a rich history of pioneers, activists, progression, and leading change.  Alongside the famous Bloomsbury Group, activists of the past include some of the best-known suffragettes and suffragists. Contemporary Bloomsbury is as radical and dynamic as ever, as its professionals, academics, students and residents pioneer change across arts, science, law, and society.

Featuring everyday activists alongside world-changers, the 2018 Bloomsbury Festival gives audiences inspiring insights into personal stories.  New Wave, the Festival’s programme of emerging artists, is complemented by radical arts of the past, and we are delighted to be exploring the built environment with work from the Architectural Association and The Bartlett School of Architecture. 

Celebration, participation and entertainment are a big part of Bloomsbury Festival, if you enjoy circus, look out for Roll Up Store Street - A Night-time Street Party with a Twist!  Or if you want something for the whole family to enjoy together then come along to our Sunday Funday, a day of play, performance, games and fun in Brunswick Square. Whatever your tastes and interests, we hope you will find the Festival programme inspiring, interesting, engaging and most of all fun!”

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