Bloomsbury Festival 2021 - initial line-up

London theatre news: Tuesday 6 July 2021

Events - Festivals - Shows

Bloomsbury Festival has announced the first twenty five events for this year's outing, including collaborations with London Handel Festival and the British Library.
Bloomsbury Festival logo 2021

Bloomsbury Festival

If you're unfamiliar with this annual festival, it was established in 2006 and, for 10 days each October, the streets, parks, museums, galleries, laboratories and public and private buildings of Bloomsbury play host to over 100 events bringing together people from across the capital and much further afield.

Today, the festival has announced the first twenty-five events in this year's line-up with booking now open.

The initial package of events includes shows, exhibitions, concerts, walks and talks which are united by the festival theme, 'Shining Light' on Bloomsbury people, culture, art, communities, heritage, discoveries and science.

From 6.30pm to 8.30pm on Friday 15 October, the opening festivities will be focused on Cromer Street and a free outdoor spectacle with a procession including Bengali silk banners, kinetic tigers, and musicians, and lightworks including neon sculptures by Chila Kumari Singh Burman and live video projection from street artist Mohammed Ali.

The artistic programme encompasses music from the London Handel Festival, performances from Pascal Theatre Company and The Place, walking tours of the area and a newly commissioned play about Minnie Lansbury and the Poplar Rates Rebellion of 1921, with an accompanying talk.

To mark the 50th anniversary of Bangladeshi independence Bloomsbury Festival has teamed up with The British Library and Camden Mela, with support from National Lottery Heritage Fund, to offer a celebratory event for everyone in the outdoor piazza and indoor foyer and theatre of the British Library, featuring performances, talks, film screenings and food.

Festival director Rosemary Richards said ...

"We have a wonderful range of entertaining and thought-provoking events this year.

The programme allows us to put in the spotlight the very best of established and emerging creative talent in Bloomsbury, and celebrate the diversity of the area, and its local communities."

You can find more details about the festival events and links to book on the festival's web site.

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