The Bloomsbury Festival returns to this leafy part of North London this weekend, 19th to 21st October.
Every year the festival celebrates the contemporary Bloomsbury with a particular emphasis on the area’s lovely open spaces and iconic buildings. Everything kicks off on Friday night with a magical evening of fireflies, luminescent fish and the bones of ancient animals featuring dance and puppetry from The Place, Soundcastle and local schools. Over the following two days there will be a whole host of happenings – highlights of the programme include:
- Dedicated events at the area’s numerous museums, which include the British Museum, the Cartoon Museum, the Foundling Museum, the Grant Museum of Zoology, the Petrie Museum, the UCL Art Museum and the Wellcome Collection!
- Two days of festivities in Russell Square, Bloomsbury’s largest public space. There will be new sculptures, a ‘poetry postie’ who will be giving out letters and singing telegrams on her rounds, ‘Young Rights’ – an interactive map installation, and lots of live performances.
- The Birkbeck Cinema is putting a special programme of movies, including Finding Neverland, Dayglo and A Frustrated Love Affair
- The University of London’s Senate House is hosting several talks, and there will also be opportunities to visit the Senate House Library at the heart of the building, normally only accessible to students and faculty.
The Bloomsbury Festival will also offer a very rare opportunity to look around Patrick Hodgkinson’s Brunswick Centre, the 1960s mixed-use shopping and residential complex. Regular guided walks will take visitors up to the 2nd floor podium level and communal walkways.
You can find all of the details of the festival over on their dedicated website – given that there are over forty venues participating this year there’s something to suit every taste in this three-day cultural extravaganza.