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  • FREE! An autumn festival of art, knowledge and imagination | Follow us: @bloomsburyfest #bloomsburyfest
  • | Follow us: @bloomsburyfest #bloomsburyfest2 DONATE Please support this years festival 3 Introduction Introduction Welcome to the Bloomsbury Festival This October the Bloomsbury Festival spills out into the areas streets, shops, museums, libraries and laboratories with a truly eclectic line-up of unexpected, enlightening and extraordinary things to see and do. Take a musicals masterclass from Sir Tim Rice, hear Turner Prize winner Mark Wallinger in conversation, listen to Iain Sinclair on Bloomsbury and radicalism, and discover Sir Andrew Motions personal literary refuges. Weve extended the festival to six days, giving you more time to explore over 200 free events across Bloomsbury. The all-new Bloomsbury Lunch Breaks and After Work Sessions will make midweek in midtown a breeze, leading up to an inventive weekend of street parties and open squares. This is a festival you can escape and relax into, whether its jazz and gin in a private square, or piano recitals in the stunning new Dairy Art Centre. Our year-round outreach programme shows what neighbours, no longer strangers, can achieve together. This is a festival that couldnt happen anywhere else. This is Bloomsbury - we hope youll enjoy it with us! Find more information about the festival and every event online at Visit the Festival Hub Drop into the festival hub on Lambs Conduit Street for information, programmes and art during the festival. Kindly supported by GMS Estates Limited. 40 Lambs Conduit Street, London, WC1N 3LB As the new Festival Director, I am proud to present the 2013 Bloomsbury Festival programme, created and led by the people that live, work, study and play in this small but beautiful corner of London. Bloomsbury Festival shines a light on the self determination of a world-changing community of pioneers existing side- by-side across a few streets. Virginia Woolf once spoke of her sense of freedom upon arriving in Bloomsbury, and I seek to recapture that same spirit of vitality in every visitor this year. I welcome you into our sanctuary for the imagination to encounter brilliant minds, relaxation and pleasure, the new and the controversial. Bloomsbury Festival is an uplifting journey of discovery that aims to inspire, delight, surprise and move you. As a registered charity we also run a year-round outreach festival for the lonely, taking the best of Bloomsbury right into the living rooms of local isolated people such as those living with dementia. Please donate to help continue this vital service and ensure our Festival is kept free for everyone to enjoy. Cathy Mager, Festival Director BLF002 5 *Text donations can be 3, 5 or 10, just enter the amount youd like to give. Youll be offered the opportunity to gift aid your donation. Keep the Festival free! Your donation is to the National Funding Scheme (registered charity No 1149800); see for full terms and conditions or call 020 3287 0971 Help to keep the Festival free for everyone to enjoy, and support our pioneering year-round outreach programme. Bloomsbury Festival is a registered charity. ITS EASY TO DONATE Go to If you register too, youll help us claim gift aid which adds an extra 25% to your donation.
  • | Follow us: @bloomsburyfest #bloomsburyfest4 DONATE Please support this years festival - see page 3 5 Its all FREE! Dont miss! Dont miss! Did T. S. Eliots wife make him as a poet? Dont miss Vivienne instantly appealing allusive and witty Evening Standard Bring the family and engage their minds with Bach to Baby for tots, Cartoon Museum classes for kids, digital drama at the Warner Bros Preview Theatre for teens, and much more. Take a tour of the brand new Dairy Art Centre The Store Street Shindig Our annual awesome street party! Spectacular music! Tim Rice, vital recitals, the World Music Stage at Russell Square, the chance to walk among musicians at an open orchestra rehearsal, and sound artist Sarah Angliss, named Most Groundbreaking Act at Brighton Festival and Fringe 2013. New this year! Bloomsbury Festival runs through the week. Join us for Bloomsbury Lunch Breaks and After Work Sessions. The Ministry of Communication A very special festival strand in the building that inspired George Orwells 1984. Get literary with Will Self, Andrew Motion and Iain Sinclair. Share your own writing through Spread the Word and Jukebox Stories. Russell Square Extraordinary Moments in the Square Weekend A weekend festival for the whole of London - discover a playground for the mind! See great art with works by Cindy Sherman and Ai Wei Wei. Hear Mark Wallinger on public art. Jazz in the Square Bedford Square opens up for a relaxing Sunday afternoon - including gin cocktails and cake! Get moving with groundbreaking dance collaborations between Wellcome Collection and The Place including the fantastic Ministry of Movement in Russell Square! Laugh with Brainsex, fresh from the Edinburgh Fringe. Effortlessly engaging and a pleasure to watch
  • | Follow us: @bloomsburyfest #bloomsburyfest6 DONATE Please support this years festival - see page 3 7 THE MINISTRY OF COMMUNICATION Senate House, HQ to the University of London, was home to the Ministry of Information during the Second World War, and was the inspiration behind George Orwells 1984. A week of special events throughout the festival will subvert the buildings history and celebrate its current role as a centre for knowledge. Communicate with leading poets and thinkers including Sir Andrew Motion, Will Self and Iain Sinclair. Help create an Orwellian Garden, and step into an art installation about fracking. Visit the Exploratorium, and support the launch of In Protest: 150 Human Rights Poems. The Ministry of Communication is a special project by the School of Advanced Study at the University of London, with funding from the Arts & Humanities Research Council. Look out for events marked Ministry of Communication, and follow @SASNews on Twitter. M U S E U M S A N D E X H I B I T I O N S TA L K S THE EVERLASTING FLAME: ZOROASTRIANISM IN HISTORY AND IMAGINATION Explore the ancient history of this fascinating religion in an exhibition of artefacts, texts, paintings and textiles, alongside spectacular installations that include a walk-in fire temple and a ten-metre glass etching. Brunei Gallery, SOAS Wednesday to Saturday 10.30am-5pm, Thursday late opening until 8pm, Sunday 11am-5pm. Curators talks: Thursday 17 October 6pm-7pm, Saturday-Sunday 12pm-1pm M I N I S T R Y O F C O M M U N I C AT I O N M U S E U M S A N D E X H I B I T I O N S THE MINISTRY OF COMMUNICATION This exhibition draws on research, books and archives from Senate House to explore our changing understanding of communication. Via library treasures, original artwork, and research from the School of Advanced Study, witness the emergence of a Ministry of Communication. Senate House, University of London Tuesday to Friday 10am-6pm, Saturday 11am-6pm, Sunday 12pm-5pm M I N I S T R Y O F C O M M U N I C AT I O N P H O T O G R A P H Y 100 IMAGES OF MIGRATION The results of a Guardian and Migration Museum competition to find 100 images of migration in Britain, to represent the last 100 years of migration. Senate House, University of London Tuesday to Friday 10am-6pm, Saturday 11am-5pm, Sunday 12pm-5pm H I S T O R Y M U S E U M S A N D E X H I B I T I O N S WHO TRADED HERE? Discover the historical shopkeepers of Marchmont Street through this fascinating temporary installation of commemorative plaques, which reveals who occupied the storefronts from the early 19th century onwards. Marchmont Street, between Coram Street and Leigh Street M O V E M E N T M U S E U M S A N D E X H I B I T I O N S THINKING WITH THE BODY Explore mind and movement in the work of Wayne McGregor | Random Dance, with this exhibition investigating the links between dance and cognitive and social science. How do mind, body and movement interact? Look out for more Wellcome Collection events throughout the festival! Wellcome Collection Tuesday to Saturday 10am-6pm, Sunday 11am-6pm, Thursday open till 10pm A R T TA L K S ISLAND An exhibition at the stunning new Dairy Art Centre inspired by Aldous Huxleys novel Island. Organised as a book of 30 artists to explore, who consider the possibilities for new social experiments. Dont miss the public tours during the Festival for a closer look at Bloomsburys newest art centre. Dairy Art Centre Wednesday to Friday 10am-5pm, Saturday and Sunday 11am-5pm. Public tours of the show and the Dairy Art Centre: Wednesday-Friday 2.30pm-3pm, Saturday-Sunday 2pm-2.30pm P H O T O G R A P H Y A PORTRAIT OF 18 RUGBY STREET Discover the creative life of this London house, from the 1950s when Ted Hughes, Sylvia Plath and Peter OToole were all residents through to today, with photographs by Bobby Williams. Ben Pentreath Ltd Tuesday - Sunday 10am - 6pm A R T CURIOSITY: AN ART PRACTICE AS A WAY OF LOOKING London-based American artist Julie Caves first major solo exhibition presents work from the past two years, celebrating beauty and its many juxtapositions: work and play, nature and synthesis, life and death. The Crypt Gallery at St Pancras Church Daily 11am-7pm A R T NAOMI WANJIKU Traditional techniques meet untraditional materials, as tin cans, steel wire and oxidized sheet metal are transformed into wall-hanging sculptures using methods from the fibre arts. October Gallery Tuesday to Saturday, 12pm-5.30pm A R T JACQUES KATMOR & THE 3RD EY