Bloomsbury Festival Weekend. 150 free events.Thursday, 29 September, 2011
A weekend of over 150 free arts and cultural events. Friday 21 – Sunday 23 October, 2011
Five years after the first ever Bloomsbury Festival, this annual celebration of one of London’s most culturally rich neighbourhoods returns with an eclectic programme of over 150 events, including live music, theatre, dance, walks, talks and food, all of which will be free to attend. Bringing together locally based organisations such as the British Museum, Wellcome Collection, The Place, The Foundling Museum and Faber & Faber with community groups and businesses, the Bloomsbury Festival transforms the streets and parks of the area, inviting visitors to enjoy all that makes Bloomsbury unique.
Highlights include the return of SOAS’s hugely popular world music stage, bringing rhythms from across the globe to the crowds in Russell Square, guerilla dancers from the Place popping up throughout the area, and parks transformed with new artistic works from local architecture and sculpture students. There will be a local food market to explore, secret gigs in unusual locations, poetry performances, a magical children’s lantern procession, street parties and light and ceramic installations suspended in the area’s beautiful and historic trees.
Because all events and activities are free to attend, visitors are encouraged to take a risk on new creative experiences: perhaps delving into the darkness of St Pancras Crypt Gallery for Kalliopi Lemos’ eerie art installation, Navigating in the Dark, joining in a riotous night of literary cabaret at the iconic St Pancras Hotel, join a tea party as part of an unusual living art work by Central St Martin’s students or participating in a guided exploration of the Garden Squares of Bloomsbury. Other events include the sharing of a new work by Darshan Singh called Caravaggio: Exile and Death, and an immersive theatre performance by students of RADA, inspired by the Bloomsbury Set.