Bloomsbury Festival 2019
Inspired by the 50th Anniversary of the Moon Landings, the 2019 Bloomsbury Festival takes the theme of Small Steps and Giant Leaps. On 20 July 1969 a lone figure made a muffled pronouncement “One small step for man, one giant leap for mankind”. Neil Armstrong was that man, but behind the lunar landings were more than 400,000 NASA engineers, scientists and technicians and millions more were inspired by the feat. In 2019 we celebrate the small vital contributions alongside the famous moments, shining a light on the radical imaginations, institutions and residents of contemporary Bloomsbury.
2019 also sees the festival make its own giant leap as it doubles in size from five to ten days running from Friday 11– Sunday 20 October. The first events of this year’s festival are outlined below.
Luke Jerram – Museum of the Moon. Friday 11 – Sunday 20 October, FREE just turn up
Luke Jerram’s stunning Museum of the Moon, a seven metre, incredibly detailed internally lit sculpture will be installed in two places; outside on Store Street where it will mark the start of the festival, then inside Holy Cross Church, Cromer Street, where it will host a series of performances and host the Under the Moon Hub.
Moonlight on Store Street, a night-time street party with a twist – Friday 11 October, FREE just turn up
With Museum of the Moon suspended above, transforming the street into a moonlit stage, Store Street will celebrate all things lunar. There will be moon inspired music from the Store Street House Band, a new commissioned dance piece with young dancers from The Place, as artists of all types create magical performances inspired by and interacting with the moon. Pull up a moon-lounger, or pop into the Store Street’s independent shops, cafes and businesses as they open their doors to reveal an array of creative luna delights. Supported by The Bedford Estates, Schroders Real Estate, Store Street, and Hurford Salvi Carr.
Cromer Street Welcomes the Moon – Sunday 13 October, FREE just turn up
Presented by Bloomsbury Festival and Camden Alive.
On the afternoon of October’s full moon, Cromer Street in north-west Bloomsbury celebrates the arrival of Museum of the Moon. Cromer Street will come alive with music, dance, exhibitions, activities and a host of food stalls. Some of the best talents drawn from the local community will appear in the shops, arts and community spaces and along the traffic free street. Make your own moon lantern, enjoy a performance by Indrani Dance Company, take part in workshops and other activities, or listen to Cromer Street House Band, full line-up to be announced later. As the sun-sets and the full moon rises join the lunar inspired parade as it winds its way along the street.
Under the Moon Hub – Saturday 19 October, FREE
The following weekend the worlds of arts and science collide for a whole day of events exploring all things lunar. Interactive workshops, exhibitions, talks and performances. Full programme to be announced.
Small Steps… Big Ideas: various dates and times
Conway Hall hosts its own hub Small Steps.. Big Ideas. Announced today is London Artist’s Projects’ Truth to Power. This performance event combines monologue, poetry, image, music, memoir and live and spontaneous testimony from participants speaking truth to power in response to the question ‘who has power over you and what do you want to say to them?’
New Wave: Showcasing New Talent: various dates, times and venues
The most exciting emerging talent coming out of world-famous local universities is showcased through the New Wave programme, including six lunchtime concerts announced today plus theatre and exhibitions (full programme to be announced)N
The October Gallery hosts a series of family workshops on Saturday 12 October, 10am – 11.30am, after which head to the UCL’s Family Museums Day: Over The Moon from 1pm – 5pm. In addition 26 writers will be in residence throughout the festival.
Other events announced today include Goodensemble, London’s hottest young symphony orchestra return to Bloomsbury Festival on 19 October. The ensemble brings together seasoned professionals with young musicians from across the world who made Goodenough Collage their home with studying in London’s finest music conservatoires. For families, Puppets, Interplanetary Travel, and Bach sees classical music re-invented through performance art, animation and audio-visual projections taking inspirations a varied as the Apollo 11 mission to the majestic architecture of a cathedral.
Also announced are the first in a series of walks around Bloomsbury. Small Steps around St Giles, explores this notorious and ancient corner of London while taking in the giant leaps of the Crossrail project. Modest Beginnings, Proud Achievements explores south Bloomsbury featuring ten individuals and institutions notable for impressive progress. Accompany Rob Self-Pierson for the Bloomsbury Moonwalk as he tells tales of his 2009 walk around Great Britain by the light of the full moon in an attempt to mend his broken heart.