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The Bloomsbury Festival is literally around the corner

A four day explosion of arts, sciences and fun in the streets, parks, museums, galleries and public & (normally) private buildings of this vibrant cultural quarter. Marking the UN’s International Year of Light, the 2015 Bloomsbury Festival contains projects investigating light in technology, nature, music, performance, visual arts and of course enlightened thinking!

Bloomsbury is a hub of creativity and innovation, and the Festival unites world-leading institutions, cultural centres, ground-breaking scientists, established and emerging artists.

Producing, commissioning, and showcasing over 130 events (the majority are free), the programme ranges from classical concerts, theatre, film, dance, talks, installations, exhibitions, outdoor music stages, quirky and intriguing adventures, community outreach projects, and family friendly events.  2015 Festival highlights include:

  • Light Up Store Street – FRIDAY 23 OCTOBER, 6.30-9.30pm.  A central London street is transformed by artists – featuring fire installations from Pa-BOOM, artists in shops, and musicians on a mini fire-lit bandstand.  Funded by Arts Council;

  • Living, Thinking, Looking – an evening with prize-winning author Siri Hustvedt;

  • Phos – a dance inspired by light in medicine and health, commissioned by the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine, created by The Place;

  • The Tempest for children with autism and their families by Flute Theatre, London premiere of the production created in co-production with RSC;

  • The Loris – a mobile performance by Significant Object (Mervyn Millar);

  • John Hegley’s Animal Alphaboat at The Grant Museum of Zoology;

  • Public Address: The Soap Box Tour by Apples and Snakes;

  • English National Opera’s Know The Show Workshop on The Force of Destiny;

  • Symphonic Illuminations by Goodensemble, Goodenough College;

  • 26 Pairs of Eyes: A Torch-Lit Performance at the Foundling Museum.


“After a rest last year, Bloomsbury Festival is back with a new vision and an exciting new programme in 2015.  We are delighted to kick-off the weekend with LIGHT UP STORE STREET, a night-time street party with a twist featuring fire installations by pa-BOOM and an artist take over of this unique central London street – Funded by Arts Council England.”  

For the full programme details, please visit The majority of events are free – just turn up. Pre-booking is highly recommended for some events with limited availability – for booking links, see the event listings at


The festival is sponsored by The Fitzrovia Partnership, Rhinegold Publishing, Store Street, Stirling Ackroyd and Hurford Salvi Carr, and funded by UCL, Bedford Estates, University of London, the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine, the Francis Crick Institute, SOAS, Camden Council, the Arts Council England and the Wellcome Trust.


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