Just when you thought it was time to wash the glitter off your cheeks, take the flowers out of your hair and put the glamping gear back into storage, another festival is about to burst into life on the streets of London.
Just down the road from Attic Self Storage in King’s Cross, from the 18th to 22nd October, this year’s Bloomsbury Festival is inspired by and themed around INDEPENDENCE. A global concept expressed on a local level.
Five hectic days crammed with all manner of mind stimulating art, science, literature, performance, discussion and reflection. A chance for everyone to explore the imaginations, institutions and talented individuals that shape contemporary Bloomsbury
This festival is about as far as you can get from a mud washed campsite in the West Country.
Events are happening at prime landmarks across Bloomsbury, from major institutions like Pushkin House and University College London to quirky hidden away art spaces and family friendly open-air spots like Coram’s Fields.
Amongst the highlights are a smorgasbord of free exhibitions including exotic delights such as The Lost Skulls of Swedenborg, The Sufi Festivals of Egypt, Historic Indian Cinema Posters, The Secret Diary of Bloomsbury, Ceramic Art (we can supply the bubble wrap if you want to take some home with you) and a shop window display of The Design Competition Finalists.
As you’d expect from a contemporary urban festival, there are all kinds of musical performances across the five days as well. From classical concerts to afternoon tea dances and everything in between, including something called Urban Turban – a walk through an album by Cornershop.
William Goodenough House, The Brunei Gallery and Bloomsbury Theatre Studio play host to an eye boggling selection of film and performance events. Walking Talking Tours, Bollywood Movies, even a punked up version of The Frog Princess and A West End Family Magic Show.
We thought we were the experts at packing stuff in until we saw the full programme of events. There’s a New Wave showcase of emerging talent, literature readings, walks, talks and tours.
Bloomsbury Family Day on the Sunday has something for all ages including discussions about what it means to be independent, which of course you’ll know nothing about if you are bringing the kids.
There’s so much happening in such a concentrated area that we recommend you visit www.bloomsburyfestival.org.uk beforehand to make sure you don’t miss anything that you’re interested in.
Loving packing boxes and supporting local charities as we do here at Attic Self Storage, we’re delighted to see that even outside the festival period Bloomsbury Festival delivers community engagement and arts projects across the year. This includes the pioneering project ‘Festival in a Box’ which takes artists into the homes of people living with dementia – a really lovely way to engage with folks who are often lonely and isolated.
And remember, Thursday October 19th is also Diwali Day, the main date of Diwali 2017. Hindus, Sikhs and Jains will all be celebrating in their own way, which usually means dishing out handfuls of sweets and lighting up the night sky with stunning firework displays.
May your life be as colourful, shimmering and magical as the lights of Diwali.
Happy Bloomsbury Festival!
Happy Self Storage!