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Inspired by Independence A world-class festival from a local community

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Booking and Tickets Box Office Telephone: 020 3108 1000 | Web: bloomsburyfestival.org.uk Bookings can be made in advance until 6pm the day before the event. Remaining tickets will be released on the door, cash only. The Box Office is run by Bloomsbury Theatre. A small number of events are bookable through the venue where the event takes place, rather than our Box Office. Opening hours: Mon - Fri, 12 noon - 5pm

Free and Ticketed Events Over 60% of the Festival is FREE. Many events do not require tickets and
are marked as ‘Just Turn Up’. Free events with limited capacity are ticketed and we recommend that you book in advance to guarantee your ticket/s. Chargeable events may also be booked in advance. Tickets are available ‘on the door’ for events that are not sold out. Cash only, where charged.

Concessions £2 off where ticket prices are over £5 (under 16s, senior citizens, unemployed patrons, disabled people and full time students)

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More Information Getting Here Bloomsbury has excellent public transport connections and is well served by the Underground, buses and National Rail. See our map on pages 6/7, and visit tfl.gov.uk to plan your journey.

Access More information about access is available at participating venue websites.

The Weather Our outdoor events will continue whatever the weather unless safety is compromised.

Tell Us What You Think Look out for feedback forms at the Festival or fill in our online survey afterwards - we’d love to know what you think. Whilst every effort is made to ensure the accuracy of the programme, from time to time changes may occur that are beyond our control. Programme correct at time of printing. Print sponsored by

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Kate Anderson; Photograph by Etienne Gilfillan

What does independence mean to you? Welcome to Bloomsbury Festival 2017, a five-day trailblazing programme of arts, science, literature, performance, music, theatre, debates, talks and outdoor arts. Independence is this year’s Festival theme. Chosen before the Brexit vote, it has proven particularly pertinent to Bloomsbury’s community and a rich source of inspiration. This year observes independence related anniversaries within Bloomsbury’s South Asian, Russian and LGBTQ+ communities. Each is represented throughout our programme and highlights include: Pushkin House’s 101st km: Further and Everywhere, a large-scale pop-up pavilion and accompanying exhibition, commemorating one-hundred years since the Russian Revolution; British-Asian Band Cornershop’s new installation, Urban Turban: A Walk Through an Album based on their 2012 album, and a special Festival edition of Club Kali, the world’s biggest LGBTQ+ club where Eastern beats blend with Western classics! For a completely different view of independence, University College London (UCL) will be transformed into our Being Independent Hub with a bumper programme of fun interactive activities, dance, theatre, storytelling and workshops exploring personal independence. Whilst at Conway Hall the boldest and bravest voices discuss the European Union and overseas,

truth and post-truth, slavery and colonialism in the Our World? Talking Independence programme. The Festival weekend will once again launch on a street of independent shops, with spectacular Sing Out Store Street!, the 2017 edition of our hugely popular Night-time Street Party with a Twist! Thank you to all of our funders and partners, and Bloomsbury’s exceptional residential, academic, business and professional communities. I hope you find this year’s Festival interesting, engaging and most of all fun. Kate Anderson, Festival Director

Bloomsbury Festival shines a light on the radical imaginations, institutions, and the 11000 residents of a remarkable community.

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Guinness World Record holde r for the largest Rango li, Dr Seema Anand wil l lead the creatio n of a Rango li for Bloomsbury.

KIDS GET INVOLVED Take part in art & craft, poetry, music and meditation workshops, or learn magic or Bollywood dance! See pages 32/33

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“Gathering together - to talk, to eat, to pray And once in a while we hear you say ‘I didn’t know anyo ne lived there’ But here we are Making our way Fox-trotting through someone else’s busy day” We Are Here from Bloomsbury Songs See pages 16/17

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Strut your stuff at Club Kali, the world’s largest Asian music LGBTQ+ club night. See page 23

When Annie Met Gandhi

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LITERATURE TRAILS FOR CURIOUS BOOKWORMS! See inside hidden bookshops and get exclusive access behind the scenes at Bloomsbury’s world-famous publishing houses. See pages 15 & 31 for details.


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3. Bertha DocHouse Curzon Bloomsbury, The Brunswick, WC1N 1AW

19. London House, Goodenough College Mecklenburgh Square, WC1N 2AB

4. Bloomsbury Ballroom Victoria House, Bloomsbury Square, WC1B 4DA

20. Lumen URC 88 Tavistock Place, WC1H 9RS

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26.October Gallery 24 Old Gloucester Street, WC1N 3AL

10. Brunei Gallery Theatre, SOAS

27. Oneworld Publications 10 Bloomsbury Street, WC1B 3SR

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Les Sapeuses - Lady Dandies Of The DRC ; Phorograph by Junior D. Kannah


Behind the Indian Boom An exhibition looking at Adivasis and Dalits in contemporary India, making visible their lives across the breadth of the country. Brunei Gallery, SOAS Wednesday - Saturday 10.30am – 8pm; Sunday 12 noon – 5pm

Fairgrounds of the Faithful: Moulids - the Sufi Festivals of Egypt Moulids are popular religious festivals that celebrate the symbolic birthdays of the ‘awliya’, people considered to be ‘favourites’ or ‘friends’ of God. Tim Coleman has been photographing these celebratory events over a number of decades. Brunei Gallery, SOAS

Les Sapeuses - Lady Dandies of the DRC

Wednesday - Saturday 10.30am – 8pm; Sunday 12 noon – 5pm

This exhibition documents the life and style of the Democratic Republic of the Congo’s ‘lady dandies’ subculture, through exhibits of textile accessories and the reportage photography of Kinshasa-based photographer, Junior D. Kannah.

Kumartuli Art: Durga Idol Display

Brunei Gallery, SOAS Wednesday - Saturday 10.30am – 8pm; Sunday 12 noon – 5pm

Exhibitions

SOAS

SOAS South Asia Institute (SSAI) and London Sharad Utsav exhibit the Indian deity of motherhood and power - the Durga clay idol. The display captures the essence of India’s heritage in art and craft. The Durga was created in Ealing in September 2017 by idol makers visiting from India. Supported by London Sharad Utsav. Paul Webley Wing, SOAS Thursday & Friday, 10am – 9pm

In the Waiting Room

Retracing Ribeiro - Lancelot Ribeiro

Curated by Maria-Edmee di Sambuy and Irene Barontini for Bloomsbury Festival.

Retracing Ribeiro has celebrated Camden painter as part of the UK-India Year of Culture. This exhibition will showcase contributions from communities inspired by his iconic art.

What is independence in the age of globalisation? Can we ever truly be independent? This exhibition examines the theme of independence through the photographic medium. Crypt Gallery Thursday – Sunday, 11am – 7pm

St George’s Holburn Wednesday - Saturday, 10am - 4pm Sunday, 12 noon - 3pm

Objects in Time - Three Girls The Secret Diary of Bloomsbury Elizabeth Dearnley and Michael Eades

Commissioned by Bloomsbury Festival and School of Advanced Study, University of London.

Everyone has a secret, what’s yours? Pick up a map (from participating venues or our website), track down diaries hidden in bookshops, cafés and leafy squares, and add your own stories.

This piece aims to open up the lives of people living with dementia to the greater community.

Various venues throughout Bloomsbury Wednesday – Sunday, all day

Square One An exhibition by local artists who attend classes at the Mary Ward Centre, often as beginners, and independent community groups. Displayed in the college gallery and out into Queen Square. Mary Ward Centre Wednesday – Sunday, 10am – 4pm

Experience the three ‘Objects in Time’ installations, step outside of your own world and into another’s, using only sound and touch to learn about three local Bloomsbury characters. Enjoy each story and immerse yourself fully in the unknown. Throughout the Festival - popping up at various locations, including Saturday at the Being Independent Festival Hub at UCL.

All exhibitions: FREE - Just Turn Up

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Rangoli


Bloomsbury Festival production.

Launch event and Bollywood for All by Akademi

Renowned artist and World Record holder (the World’s largest Rangoli), Dr Seema Anand will lead the creation of a Rangoli for Bloomsbury. Students from SOAS, children from Bloomsbury based primary schools and their families will inspire and help make a spectacular decoration celebrating Diwali. A modern community uniting to create a traditional artwork.

The Rangoli will be launched with an intergenerational Bollywood dance project from celebrated Akademi Dance and Young Camden Foundation. Supported by Arts Council England. Senate House Exhibition: Wednesday - Saturday, all day Launch event/Bollywood for All: Thursday, 5.15pm

Exhibitions

A Rangoli for Bloomsbury

FREE - Just Turn Up

101st km: Further and Everywhere - Alexander Brodsky Pushkin House Production. A Pavilion in Bloomsbury Square and accompanying exhibition and events programme by Pushkin House as part of Bloomsbury Festival, 18 October – 11 November 2017. To mark the centenary of the Russian Revolution, a pavilion conceived by Russian artist and architect Alexander Brodsky, Pushkin House and curator Markus Lähteenmäki, brings art and poetry to Bloomsbury Square Gardens. Hung inside with poetry by 20 Russian poets, such as Marina Tsvetaeva, Osip Mandelshtam and Joseph Brodsky, who went through different types of exile, the pavilion takes its name from the distance that individuals returning from the Gulag in the former Soviet Union had to maintain from major cities.

The pavilion together with an accompanying display inside Pushkin House and a series of events, invites visitors to engage with questions of creativity in exile, displacement, longing and belonging. Supported by Vadim Levin with additional support from Bloomsbury Festival and Robin Partington and Partners. Bloomsbury Square Gardens & Pushkin House Wednesday, launch event 6.30pm – 8.30pm; Thursday – Sunday, 11am – dusk FREE - Just Turn Up

Urban Turban: A Walk Through an Album - Cornershop Ample Play Records production. Commissioned by Bloomsbury Festival. Enjoy Cornershop’s album of multiple collaborations as a physical experience, hear the sounds, discover the stories behind each song and delve into the band’s colourful history. ‘The quintessential 21st century pop group’ MOJO

‘Clever and engaging, happily detached from the mainstream - an admirable way to continue down an improbable career path’ The Guardian Supported by Arts Council England. Senate House, Wednesday - Saturday, all day FREE - Just Turn Up

NEW WAVE: Showcasing New Talent Bloomsbury Festival, Central Saint Martins and The Bedford Estates Annual Design Competition. Design Competition Winner’s Portfolio

Design Competition Finalists’ Exhibition

Samuel Hayward, first year BA (Hons) Graphic Communication Design student at Central Saint Martins created the winning design for this year’s Festival image (as seen on this brochure cover). View a portfolio of his work.

Finalists in our annual competition for BA (Hons) Graphic Communication Design, Central Saint Martins students to design the Festival’s publicity image.

My Bloomsbury Hotel foyer Wednesday – Sunday, all day

Store Street – in various shop windows Wednesday – Sunday, all day FREE - Just Turn Up

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Belle Chen; Photograph by Burke Turner


Music

Strad Style

NEW WAVE: Lunchtime Concert Maria Inês Costa

A rural Ohio eccentric with an obsession for ‘Stradivari’ convinces a famous European concert violinist that he can make a copy of one of the most famous and valuable violins in the world. Bertha DocHouse, Curzon Bloomsbury, 6.30pm

Portuguese pianist Maria Inês Costa is a Masters student at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama. Programme includes music by ScarlattiGranados, Bach, Beethoven and Scriabin.

Tickets: £9 (£7)

The Music Room, 1.10pm FREE but pre-booking is recommended

The Frog Princess Punked The Swamp Girls

Bloomsbury Songs - Preview Performance

Supported by Apples and Snakes. Crazed Russian fairytale meets punk rock! Pioneering storyteller Sally Pomme Clayton and girl punk band The Swamp Girls create a hullabaloo of spoken word, electric guitar, demonic drums, poetic riffs, distorted sounds, dynamic performance storytelling, and riotous songs, set in a collage of live projections. It’s gonna be angry. It’s gonna be loud! Bloomsbury Theatre Studio, 7.30pm Tickets: £12 (£10)

A special preview edition of Bloomsbury Songs performed in neighbouring King’s Cross. For details, see pages 16/17. Pancras Square, King’s Cross, 4.30pm & 6pm (If the weather is poor, the event will take place at The Crossing); FREE – Just Turn Up

Wednesday 18 October

Theatre & Film

SOAS Concert Series: Amrit Kaur Lohia A new season of the SOAS Concert Series kicks off with a concert by London-based musician Amrit Kaur Lohia. Amrit is a sarangi player (the sarangi is a bowed, stringed instrument from northern India) and vocalist working in genres of Punjabi folk, jazz and soul. Brunei Gallery Lecture Theatre, 7.30pm FREE but pre-booking is recommended

Burning Salt & Special Guests Dark, haunting and beautiful. The songs of Hannah Hull live somewhere between the worlds of country, soul and folk, reflecting the rawness of Leonard Cohen, Dusty Springfield and Gillian Welch. The Harrison Pub, 7.30pm Tickets: £8 (£6)

Belle Chen’s Mademoiselle Nostalgic, cinematic, electrifying, yet vulnerable. Pianist Belle Chen recreates Paris in an electrifying fusion of classical music, electronica, dance, and VJing with Iain Chambers (sound art), Anastasia Kostner (dance), Maarten van der Glas (VJ), and Dougal Lott (sound). Senate House, 7.30pm (and Sat, 6pm) Tickets: £8 (£6)

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101st Km – Further and Everywhere; Sketch by Alexander Brodsky


Ten Bloomsbury Trailblazers - Paul Guest This walk features ten amazingly independent pioneers, linked with Bloomsbury between 1741 and 1977. Between them they worked in nine fields ranging from literature to surgery. Start at Russell Square Tube Station Wednesday 12 noon (and Sat & Sun, 11am) FREE but pre-booking is recommended

Literature Trail No. 1 Bloomsbury Publishing Houses Book both events for £8, saving £2 or enjoy individually, as priced.

BEGIN AT: Maureen Duffy Poetry Reading Maureen Duffy reads poetry from her three collections: Pictures From an Exhibition Environmental Studies and Family Values, which celebrate diversity and champion the rights of all creatures in bold, unpretentious ways.

Tour of the Wiener Library and Archives

Enitharmon Editions, 6pm; Tickets: £5

The Wiener Library is the world’s oldest archive and library of material relating to the Holocaust and the Nazi era. Join us for a free tour of the archives, exhibition, and library.

FOLLOWED BY: Facebook to Fiction: How to Turn Social Media into Art - Anthony McGowan

Wiener Library, 1pm (and Thurs & Fri, 1pm)

Author of the brilliantly comic memoir The Art of Failing (Oneworld, September) and awardwinning YA fiction Anthony McGowan talks about the art of writing fiction and his life as a writer.

FREE but pre-booking is recommended

The Story of Peter Pan and Brunswick Square - Professor Rosemary Ashton for Friends of Brunswick Square Revealing the hidden story of how J.M. Barrie set Peter Pan in Brunswick Square, where he had once lived. UCL School of Pharmacy, Brunswick Square 7.30pm (following a brief FOBS AGM at 7pm - all welcome); Tickets: £12 (no concessions) includes a glass of wine

Special Events

Oneworld Publications, 7.30pm Tickets: £5

Other Literature Memory Maps from 26 - Alan Dein and members of 26 Where are you from? An exploration of personal stories in words spoken and written, triggered by maps drawn from memory by members of the writers’ group 26, in answer to that intriguing question with many answers. William Goodenough House, Goodenough College, 7pm; Tickets: £12 (£10)

101st km: Further and Everywhere Launch Event See page 11 for more informaiton. Bloomsbury Square Gardens, 6.30pm – 8.30pm FREE – Just turn up

Wednesday 18 October

Walks, Talks & Tours

Independent Voices - Caroline Smith, Rory Waterman and Nicholas Murray A reading by three contemporary poets with a political edge, plus readings from classic poems that challenge us to look at the world in radical ways. Lumen, 7.30pm; Tickets: £5

Camden Tea Dance The Camden Centre has been hosting tea dances for over 40 years. This glorious art deco building is the perfect environment for a Tea Dance where guests with little or much experience join for an afternoon of dancing - the Strictly come Dancing way! Hosted by resident DJ Mr Wonderful Dancing, this is a perfect afternoon of active fun. Camden Centre, doors open 12.30pm, dancing 1pm - 4pm Tickets: £5

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A Song for Bloomsbury (2016); Photograph by Stuart Keegan


Bloomsbury Festival production. Local choirs of different ages and backgrounds perform five newly commissioned works in this dynamic pop-up song cycle. Each sings about their experience of Bloomsbury life, from a child’s delight in the right to play (A Song for Coram’s Fields) to the elders foxtrotting through someone else’s busy day (We Are Here). Bursting into streets and Festival venues throughout the week, supported by four local musicians, the choirs give voice to Bloomsbury Songs of independence, invisibility, resilience and revelry. The fifth song, Sing Out! unites these community choirs in the sheer joy of singing. From acclaimed creative team, composer Michael Henry and theatre-maker Emma Bernard. Bloomsbury Songs is part of an evolving Bloomsbury Festival songbook, celebrating our diverse London community.

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Bloomsbury Songs

Including Argyle School Choir, Great Ormond St Hospital (GOSH) Staff and Parents Choir, Kings Place Community Choir, Mary Ward Chorus, and Westminster Kingsway College, among others. Wednesday: Pancras Square, King’s Cross, 4.30pm & 6pm A special preview edition in neighbouring King’s Cross Thursday: Coram’s Fields, 4.30pm & 6.30pm Two full performances of the song cycle Pop-up performances of Bloomsbury Songs extracts: Friday: Sing Out Store Street! 6.30pm, 7.30pm & 8.30pm Saturday: Being Independent Hub, UCL, throughout the day Sunday: Bloomsbury Family Day, Goodenough College, throughout the day Supported by Arts Council England, Mishcon de Reya and King’s Cross.

FREE – Just Turn Up

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: Book of Squares - Robert Shepherd


Literature

NEW WAVE: Lunchtime Concert The Tritium Trio

The Story of My Second Sight Vanessa Potter

A programme of English clarinet trios by John Ireland, Kenneth Leighton and John McCabe.

Vanessa Potter’s true story of miraculously regaining her eyesight and reshaping expert opinion about how our vision works.

The Music Room, 1.10pm FREE but pre-booking is recommended

Bloomsbury Publishing, 6pm; Tickets; £5

Dark Angels Workshop - John Simmons

Catching The Ghost - Extant A young man’s experience of sight loss told with honesty, dark humour and live music. Chris Campion’s debut play, produced by Extant. Bloomsbury Theatre Studio, 7.30pm; Tickets: £8 (£6)

The Pass (15) - Film & Panel Discussion Part of the Camden Flux programme 2017. A celebration of and conversation about the LGBTQ+ community in football and sports.

A taster of Dark Angels highly regarded courses that encourage people in the business world to engage more creatively with words. London House, Goodenough College, 2pm Tickets: £12 (£10)

Thursday 19 October

Music, Theatre & Film

Bloomsbury: Beyond the Establishment Dr Matthew Ingleby

Camden Centre, 6.30pm

Launch, readings and discussion around Dr Matthew Ingleby’s new cultural history of the area (published by British Library, 2017).

Tickets: £8 (£6) in advance, £10 (£8) on the door

London House, Goodenough College, 6.30pm FREE but pre-booking is recommended

Girls Girls Girls An inspirational celebration of women artists from the worlds of music, poetry, art, film & photography. Lumen 7.30pm; Tickets: £8 (£6)

Special Events Bureau of Silly Ideas @ Farmers’ Market

Walk, Talks & Tours

Head to Bloomsbury Farmers’ Market for a tasty, fresh lunch but be careful as the rubbish bins might have something to say about your choices!

Street Art and Urban Culture Youth Tour Underground Camden Tours

Torrington Square, 12 noon; FREE - Just Turn Up

King’s Cross Station (outside Harry Potter Store),

Mira Manek & Dalloway Terrace Supper Club

12 noon; FREE but pre-booking is recommended

Tour of the Wiener Library and Archives See page 15 for details Wiener Library, 1pm (and Wed & Fri, 1pm) FREE but pre-booking is recommended

Book of Squares walkabout exhibition - Robert Shepherd Senate House, 2pm (and Fri-Sun, 2pm, locations vary); FREE but pre-booking is recommended

Mira is changing the face of Indian food in Britain creating a new, delicate cuisine bursting with flavour, colour and goodness. Treat yourself to a delicious Indian 4-course banquet that will make you feel beautiful both inside and out in the stunning surroundings of Bloomsbury’s Dalloway Terrace. Experience signature dishes, and the opportunity to purchase Mira’s book, Saffron Soul, at this one off event. Dalloway Terrace, The Bloomsbury hotel, 6pm Tickets: £40

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Store Street, 2016; Photograph by Stuart Keegan


A Night-time Street Party with a Twist Bloomsbury Festival production.

Bloomsbury Festival takes over Store Street to throw a free spectacular street party, launching a thrilling weekend of Festival activities.

Friday 20 October

Sing Out Store Street!

For one night only, over ten choirs, hundreds of joyous voices and the Store Street House Band increase the volume, sing out and send exhilarating songs up to the stars. Independent local shops, cafes and businesses open their doors to reveal an array of delights, dancers, poets, writers and actors. Centre stage, combining powerful local voices and experienced singers from Westminster Kingsway College, Mary Ward Chorus, SOUND, The Bloomsburys, and Camden Youth Choirs will be Sing Out! a new staged song (part of Bloomsbury Songs) celebrating this diverse community, created by acclaimed creative team, Composer and Musical Director Michael Henry and Writer and Director, Emma Bernard. Make a night of it, enjoy pop-up speakeasy bars, world street food, and dance the night away. Bars courtesy of Bloomsbury Hotel. Only a short stroll from Tottenham Court Road and Goodge Street. Supported by The Bedford Estates, Schroders Real Estate, Store Street, The Fitzrovia Partnership and Hurford Salvi Carr.

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The Frances Crick Institute


Music

Crick Chat on Cancer: The Big Picture

NEW WAVE: Lunchtime Concert Portraits & Poetry - Anna Szałucka

Join Francesca Ciccarelli from the Francis Crick Institute and James Spicer from King’s College London, for a relaxed and friendly discussion, exploring how understanding gene networks is leading to new ways of treating cancer.

Piano recital featuring works by Chopin and Ravel. The Music Room, 1.10pm FREE but pre-booking is recommended

The Frances Crick Institute, 7pm FREE but pre-booking is recommended

Tour of the Wiener Library and Archives See page 15 for details. Wiener Library, 1pm (and Wed & Thurs, 1pm) FREE but pre-booking is recommended

Book of Squares Walkabout Exhibition Robert Shepherd

Sweet Silence - The Amadè Players Leading period instrument ensemble performs Handel’s rarely heard 9 German Arias with soprano Rebecca Ramsey & tenor Stuart Murray Mitchell. St George’s Bloomsbury, 7.30pm; Tickets: £12 (£10)

Friday 20 October

Walks, Talks & Tours

Theatre & Film Groomed - Ingenious Purpose

One of 4 guided walks between 7 venues in the area, each exhibiting a few pages of The Book of Squares, linking history and local geography through art.

A schoolboy survives! Brighton Festival: winner of 3 theatre awards. 4* reviews Financial Times & Guardian. Gripping, moving and true. With live sax. Written & performed by Patrick Sandford.

Antoni & Allison, 43 Rosebery Avenue, 2pm (and Thurs, Sat & Sun, 2pm, locations vary)

Bloomsbury Theatre Studio, 4pm & 8pm Tickets: £8 (£6)

FREE but pre-booking is recommended

Unfinished Business - Outside Edge Theatre Architecture of the Imagination: Creativity in Exile During the Soviet Period - Markus Lähteenmäki and Clementine Cecil

Unfinished Business tells a dark naturalistic story of addiction, intertwined with dreamlike fantasy and live singing. Followd by a Q&A.

A lecture event with the organisers of Pushkin House’s pavilion and exhibition 101st km Further and Everywhere marking the 100th anniversary of the October Revolution.

Family Movie Night: Veer Zaara

Lumen, 6.30pm; Tickets: £5

Architectural Association, 6.30pm

Bring the family. Bollywood movie starring Shah Rukh Khan, Preity Zinta and Rani Mukherjee.

FREE - Just Turn Up (limited capacity)

Brunei Gallery Lecture Theatre, SOAS, 7pm FREE but pre-booking is recommended

Literature

Backstory Cabaret

Big Teeth - Elizabeth Dearnley See page 31 for details Treadwell’s Bookshop, 11.30am - 7pm (and Thurs, 11.30am - 7pm; Sun, 11.30pm - 5pm) FREE - Just Turn Up

Bren Gosling’s award-winning flash stories, performed by Peter Kenny and Jean Woollard with dancer Catriona Maccoll, and jazz by Alice Mary J. With poetry by Keith Jarrett. William Goodenough House, Goodenough College, 8.30pm; Tickets: £8 (£6)

Pink Peacock Party

Join us to celebrate Independence with a difference! A colourful Club Kali party night sprinkled with sparkle to celebrate Bloomsbury Festival in this special anniversary year for the LGBTQ+ community. With entertainment and Club Kali DJ’s spinning beautiful beats from Bollywood to Hollywood. Come along, strut your stuff, dance and let’s light up the night! Supported by Camden Kala and Camden Flux. The Camden Centre, 10pm; Tickets: £10 (£8) in advance, £12 (£10) on door

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Bloom in the UCL Quad 2012, designed and developed by Alisa Andrasek and Jose Sanchez at The Bartlett School of Architecture, UCL.


The Science and Art of Living Well

Saturday Festival Hub at UCL For one day only, University College London (UCL) will erupt with a bumper programme of fun interactive activities, dance, theatre, storytelling and workshops, all exploring personal independence...

Saturday 21 October

Being Independent

Immerse yourself in the latest science and research, explore traces of your identity, build an independence tree, and hop on the Bug Off bus. Visit the Institute of Making’s open day, the extraordinary Grant Museum of Zoology or the Petrie Museum of Egyptian Archaeology, and enjoy free music stages, dance performances and street food. Pop in to the Festival’s Vitality Suite, featuring Hello Love, Nourish Skin Range and Planet Organic, for a refreshing hand massage or superfood smoothie to keep you going. Performance and Vitality Suite supported by Frank Harris and Co.

11am - 5pm FREE - Just Turn Up Drop in any time - there is something for everyone. For a full event programme, see our website during the Festival week or visit the information point.

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JOY - all good artists are dead


NEW WAVE: Showcasing New Talent JOY - all good artists are dead

On Having No Head - INQUISITIVE

The woman has gone bananas and the music has never been better. JOY is a sea of thoughts consistently returning to the question; what am I worth?

Ever had the feeling something was missing? This INQUISITIVE dramatisation of D.E. Harding’s eponymous classic, a David Bowie favourite book, explores whether any of us can actually say we have a topknot at all!

Bloomsbury Theatre Studio, 11am; Tickets: £5

Bloomsbury Theatre Studio, 3pm; Tickets: £5

Myth Independent - Havin’ a Crack Theatre Company

Lucid - New Public

A musical retelling of Ovid’s classic. What can Metamorphoses teach us about women’s ongoing liberation?

A funny, insightful and at times disturbing exploration of the strange yet familiar logic of dreams. Lucid uses sound, object manipulation and physical theatre to mine the subconscious.

Bloomsbury Theatre Studio, 1pm; Tickets: £5

Saturday 21 October

Theatre

Bloomsbury Theatre Studio, 5pm; Tickets: £5

Crew For Calais: Two Plays Funds raised through these two plays help support vital work with refugees. Walk With Me

Calais

Theatre event with live drawing, rehearsed reading and acts of resistance to the UK’s institutional racism, from Brixton to the Calais border.

A clear-eyed, compassionate account of the clearing of the Calais camp - performed by an actor seeing the text for the first time.

Bloomsbury Theatre Studio, 7pm; Tickets: £8 (£6) or book both Crew for Calais shows for £12

Bloomsbury Theatre Studio, 8.30pm; Tickets: £8

South Of The Down: An Undertaking on Paper - Tail Bend Travel

The Game’s a Foot, Try the Fish (and The Man with the Twisted Hip) - Tom Taylor

A highly experiential walking tour of the Bloomsbury area, that takes audiences through a poetic re-writing of the area’s historical relationship to books.

(£6) or book both Crew for Calais shows for £12

Critically acclaimed Charlie Montague Mysteries, with Wodehousian witticisms, farce and highly quotable one-liners.

Start at Bedford Square, 2pm (also Sun, 2pm)

The Museum of Comedy, 8.30pm

Tickets: £5

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How to be a Craftivist; Craftivist Collective


Walks, Talks & Tours

NEW WAVE: Lunchtime Concert B-L Piano Duo

Bharatiya Bloomsbury - Bee Midtown

The prize-winning B-L Piano Duo performs a programme of contemporary works, including two world premieres. The Music Room, 1.10pm

A guided walk commemorating 70 years of independent India, including tours of exhibitions at the Brunei Gallery and the LSE Library. Central St Giles, 11am & 2pm (and Sun, 11am & 2pm); FREE but pre-booking is recommended

FREE but pre-booking is recommended

Ten Bloomsbury Trailblazers - Paul Guest Belle Chen’s Mademoiselle

See page 15 for details.

See page 12 for details

Start at Russell Square Tube Station 11am (also Wed 12 noon & Sun 11am)

Senate House, 6pm (and Wed, 7.30pm) Tickets: £8 (£6)

Brigitte Subkov plays Prokofiev London-based Russian pianist Brigitte Subkov plays short pieces by Scriabin and Rachmaninov as well as two Prokofiev Sonatas written in 1917, the year that reshaped the world.

FREE but pre-booking is recommended

Book of Squares walkabout exhibition - Robert Shepherd See page 23 for details. The Harrison Pub, 2pm (and Thurs, Fri & Sun, 2pm, locations vary)

Pushkin House, 7pm; Tickets: £15 (£12)

FREE but pre-booking is recommended

Funoon Salon

Railing Bloomsbury - Dr Matthew Ingleby

The Funoon Salon provides an intimate setting for audiences to engage with the histories and contexts behind South Asian art and culture. Expect music that transcends boundaries, poetry that is revolutionary, and street food that’ll have you licking the disposable plate clean.

A walking tour weaving between the area’s iron railings, exploring their cultural history and politics from the 18th century to now. With artist Catalina Pollak-Williamson.

William Goodenough House, Goodenough College, 7pm; Tickets: £25 (£20) includes snacks

London Never Dies: James Bond Cabaret The London Cabaret Club Guests will be transported into a glamorous world with premium entertainment acts, a sumptuous dinner and DJ for dancing until dawn. Bloomsbury Ballroom, Victoria House Bar open from 7pm, show starts 9.30pm Tickets: £35 show only / £75 show & dinner / £125 VIP

Romantic Bach: From Intimate to Epic on the Modern Piano - Jayson Gillham Johann Sebastian Bach was the master of Counterpoint - interweaving independent musical lines to create perfect harmony. His music is amongst the most powerful and enduring known. Performed by Bloomsbury-based AustralianBritish pianist Jayson Gillham.

Saturday 21 October

Music

Starts at Russell Square Fountain, 3pm FREE but pre-booking is recommended

Independent Women: Courtesans and Prostitutes in the Georgian Era - Hallie Rubenhold Historian Hallie Rubenhold explores the stories of Georgian women of all classes who became courtesans or prostitutes - and the surprising independence this could offer them. The Foundling Museum, 3pm Tickets: £5 (£3) plus museum admission

How To Be A Craftivist: Talk and Activities Sarah Corbett Learn from the award-winning craftivist Sarah Corbett the art of ‘gentle protest’ using handicrafts. She will be giving a talk, Q&A and then hands-on craftivism activities for you to try yourself. Supported by The Artworkers’ Guild. The Artworkers’ Guild, 7pm; Tickets: £8 (£6)

Conway Hall, 7.30pm; Tickets: £8 (£6)

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1PM - BEGIN AT:

Throughout the Day

A Secret Sisterhood: The hidden friendships of Austen, Bronte, Eliot & Woolf - Emily Midorikawa and Emma Claire Sweeney

Big Teeth - Elizabeth Dearnley

A look at the hidden literary friendships of the world’s most respected female authors. London House, Goodenough College, 1pm Tickets: £5

Climb into this bedtime story with a bite. Combining Red Riding Hood, 40s radio and recorded sound, this immersive installation spins a familiar tale into an uneasily intimate storytelling experience. Treadwell’s Bookshop, 11.30am - 7pm (and Fri, 11.30am - 7pm; Sun, 11.30pm - 5pm) FREE - Just Turn Up

Saturday 21 October

Literature Trail No. 2 Why not fill your day by choosing your own path through our suggested trail, or enjoy the events individually? Book 2 or more charged-for events and receive 20% off your booking.

3PM - CHOOSE FROM: Spanish Crossings: The Bloomsbury Tale John Simmons A talk/walk with author of the recently published novel set against the background of the Spanish civil war and inspired by a family story. London House, Goodenough College, 3pm FREE but pre-booking is recommended

Bloomsbury Bookshops Tour - Gareth and Melissa Dickson Stopping at several prominent bookstores that help to shape Bloomsbury’s literary legacy. Coram’s Fields entrance, 3.30pm (and Sun, 3.30pm) FREE but pre-booking is recommended

The No Panic Book Of Not Panicking Apples and Snakes with No Panic (Sutton & Merton) present an afternoon of stories and poems, exploring the personal experiences of panic, anxiety and facing our fears to live a braver life. Supported by Wellcome Collection. Wellcome Collection, 3pm; FREE - Just Turn Up

5PM - GO TO: Deeper Than Indigo - Jenny Balfour Paul Explorer, author and indigo expert Jenny Balfour Paul reveals the story of forgotten adventurer Thomas Machell, whose remarkable illustrated journals she discovered in the British Library. London House, Goodenough College, 5pm Tickets: £5

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Saturday: Family Events Lots of our weekend events are family friendly. Here is a selection of some of those particularly aimed at children and family audiences on Saturday. Family Art Day at October Gallery

Children’s Magic Workshop - Oliver Tabor

Join us for a fun filled creative adventure exploring the gallery space with storytelling and art making activities.

Fun and interactive workshops taught by top Magic Circle London magicians, covering the basics of magic and teaching tricks using everyday objects which you get to keep!

October Gallery, 10am – 11.45am FREE - Just Turn Up (limited capacity - arrive early to avoid disappointment)

Museum of Comedy, 1.30pm - 3pm

Being Independent The Science and Art of Living Well Festival Hub at UCL

West End Magic Family show - Oliver Tabor

A bumper programme of fun interactive activities, dance, theatre, storytelling and workshops. See pages 24/25 for more information.

Tickets: £15 plus £2 booking fee

London’s premier magic show. Expect comedy, mind-bending illusions and clever sleight-of hand from the award-winning Oliver Tabor. Museum of Comedy, 4pm Tickets: £12.50, children £7.50, family (2 adults and 2 children) £35, plus £2 booking fee

UCL, 11am – 5pm; FREE - Just Turn Up

Grant Museum of Zoology Grant Museum, 1pm - 5pm; FREE - Just Turn Up

Petrie Museum of Egyptian Archaeology Incuding Visual Impairment Hackathon Workshop, looking at technologies to create more accessible, inclusive, independent and empowering museum experiences Petrie Museum, 1pm - 5pm; FREE - Just Turn Up

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Family Thursday! See pages 11 & 17 for two big family events: Rangoli/Bollywood for All and Bloomsbury Songs


Festival Hub at William Goodenough House, Goodenough College 11am - 4pm Family festival fun time. Drop in to our special Bloomsbury Family Hub with the little ones and enjoy crafts, music, dance, games, storytelling and more. What Did the Hippie Have in his Bag: Family Workshop - Tjinder Singh and Peter the Librarian A session for all ages involving crafts, poetry, music and meditation. Tjinder Singh, singer songwriter of the band Cornershop, has released an amazing picture book based on his song What Did the Hippie Have in his Bag? Come and meet Tjinder and Peter the Librarian to find out what the Hippie has in his bag. 11am; Tickets: £5 (one adult & one child; additional children £3)

Fairytales for Terrible Children Marie Klimis Join Marie Klimis for a weird and wonderful journey through pop-up books and hear tales of revengeful trees, wild beasts and children that don’t do what they are told.

Family Weekend Events

Sunday: Bloomsbury Family Day

Spirit Sound Color Machines – Max Ciogli Fun, interactive installation for all. Max Ciogli experiments with unusual connections, mixing colour, sounds and movement to create a new language. 11am - 4pm; FREE - Just Turn Up

Bollywood for All - Akademi Enjoy an intergenerational Bollywood dance and movement workshop, open to all ages and abilities, with professional dancer Archita Kumar. You will learn a short Bollywood dance routine. 2.30pm; Tickets: £5 (one adult & one child; additional children £3)

1pm & 4pm; Tickets: £5 (one adult & one child; additional children £3)

PLUS... Kids play and activtiy room open all day!

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Conway Hall; Photograph by Etienne Gilfillin

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Our World? Talking Independence


Rousing talks, vital debates and thought-provoking exhibitions from some of the boldest and bravest voices around. Housed in Bloomsbury’s home for those who dare to dream of a better world.

EXHIBITIONS Slave Owners of Bloomsbury - LBS, UCL This project traces the contentious lives and legacies of slave-owners who lived close to UCL. 11am - 5pm; FREE - Just Turn Up

Who Said What About EU Migration? Alexandra Bulat Discussing attitudes towards EU migration in the UK, based on Alexandra Bulat’s PhD research at UCL and her placement at the British Library.

Why is my Curriculum Colonial? Decoloniality as Education - Simmi Dullay, Oana Parvan, Gitanjali Pyndiah & Nydia Swaby Discussing the commonality and differences in knowledge production of the global South, decolonization and the presence of the colonial knowledge systems inherited as residues of 500 years of European colonization. 1.30pm; FREE but pre-booking is recommended

11am - 5pm; FREE - Just Turn Up

Four Conversations: Four Anniversaries Dr Subir Sinha

My Journey to Bloomsbury Alexandra Bulat

A snapshot of four very different areas of the world – each with a significant anniversary this year. Four specialists discuss a burning issue.

Where are you from? Map your family’s story on an interactive map, and talk with Alexandra.

Sunday 22 October

Sunday Festival Hub at Conway Hall; 11am - 8pm

3.15pm; FREE but pre-booking is recommended

Independent Employment? Business Pioneers Workshop

11am - 5pm; FREE - Just Turn Up

TALKS, DISCUSSIONS & WORKSHOPS Thinking on a Sunday: Gandhi and Nonviolence – Dr Shahrar Ali Using Gandhi’s teachings as inspiration, what is the meaning of nonviolence as a form of political action and how does it work? 11am; FREE but pre-booking is recommended

Modern Slavery in the UK - Kathryn Cronin and Louise Hooper Barristers of Garden Court Chambers discuss slavery in Britain today. Who are the victims, where do they come from, how are they recognised and what are we doing about it? 11.30am; FREE but pre-booking is recommended

Viewing Post-Independent India from the Outside - Dr Sanjukta Ghosh, Rani Singh, Gary Raymond and Janine Shroff In this India-UK year of culture, how is changing India reflected in journalism, arts and performance-based collaborative projects? 1.15pm; FREE but pre-booking is recommended

Four Conversations: A United Kingdom? ScotRes Four speakers, with differing backgrounds and specialisms, discuss the current state and future of the United (or Disunited) Kingdom. 1.15pm; FREE but pre-booking is recommended

Using historical examples and situations found in our present days to help us explore our personal attitudes to independence in the context of employment and entrepreneurship. 3.30pm; FREE but pre-booking is recommended

PERFORMANCES When Annie Met Gandhi Bloomsbury Festival/Ingenious Purpose coproduction. Commissioned by Conway Hall. The fiercely free-thinking Annie Besant and Gandhi admired each other hugely, but they disagreed about how to achieve Independence for India. In this short play Annie is anxiously awaiting the arrival of her fellow trailblazer… 12 noon & 3.30pm FREE but pre-booking is recommended

Ashok Klouda (cello) - Sunday Suites 1 Masterpieces which inspired Ashok to take up the cello, from J.S. Bach’s Suites to new works. 5.30pm (pre-concert performance) FREE to ticket holders for 6.30pm concert

Harriet MacKenzie (violin) & Morgan Szymanski (guitar) An evening of works for violin and guitar, from Baroque greats Vivaldi and Bach to Piazzolla. 6.30pm; TIckets: £10 (£8)

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Man-Cub; Photograph by Tammana Begum


NEW WAVE: Showcasing New Talent The Dance Hall - Eve Niker

Man-Cub - Alistair Wilkinson

An intimate and comedic story about Irish grandparents that met at a Dance Hall in England, that touches on themes of immigration, loss, loneliness, family, ageing and most importantly (in)dependance.

Transformation. A mating ground. The sense of freedom and possibility. The desperation to control a need and suppress a fear. The shared experiences of alienation and rejection. A place of sex, substances and secrecy. A place where the law of the jungle rules over all. Man-Cub is a newly devised piece that blurs the lines of movement, theatre and personal politics.

Bloomsbury Theatre Studio, 11am; Tickets: £5

Paper Crown - Tianxin Tian

Bloomsbury Theatre Studio, 3pm; Tickets: £5

Adapted from SU Tong’s fiction My life as Emperor, the play tells the life story of Bai, who is forced to be the emperor of an imaginative dynasty Xie at the age of fourteen, and how she grapples with her own identity and seizes her life. Directed by Tianxin Tian. Bloomsbury Theatre Studio, 1pm; Tickets: £5

Sunday 22 October

Theatre

Old Joe’s Fish ‘n’ Chill - be●wilder theatre Six lost souls meet for the first – and possibly last – time at the world’s only visa-free zone. Presented by be•wilder theatre company, a London-based ensemble of international artists and proud graduates of RADA. Bloomsbury Theatre Studio, 6pm; Tickets: £5

Walks, Talks & Tours Bharatiya Bloomsbury - Bee Midtown See page 29 for more information.

Book of Squares walkabout exhibition - Robert Shepherd

Central St Giles, 11am & 2pm (also Sat, 11am & 2pm); FREE but pre-booking is recommended

See page 23 for information.

South Of The Down: An Undertaking on Paper - Tail Bend Travel

FREE but pre-booking is recommended

See page 27 for information.

From Prejudice to Pride: Exploring Bloomsbury’s LGBT Heritage - Camden Tour Guides Association

Start at Bedford Square, 2pm; Tickets: £5

Ten Bloomsbury Trailblazers - Paul Guest See page 15 for information. Start at Russell Square Tube Station 11am (also Wed 12 noon & Sat 11am)

Bar Italia, 22 Frith Street, Soho, 2pm (also Thurs - Sat, locations vary)

See the pubs, shops, homes, cruising grounds and theatres that have made up Camden’s rich and varied LGBT scene. We meet at Goodge Street and finish at Camden’s Judd St Town Hall. Goodge Street Station, 2pm

FREE but pre-booking is recommended

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Literature

Akimbo

Big Teeth - Elizabeth Dearnley

Akimbo is all askew. It’s a guitar and vocal duo who are messing with pop, playing with jazz, and finding space in time. Pedro Velasco and Nell Greco play the music they love, whether original or covered, and are ever in flux.

See page 31 for details Treadwell’s Bookshop, 11.30am - 5pm (and Thurs & Fri, 11.30am - 7pm) FREE - Just Turn Up

The Music Room, 3pm Tickets: £8 (£6)

Bloomsbury Bookshops Tour - Gareth and Melissa Dickson

Russian Composers in Exile: A Cello & Piano Recital - Alexey Sarkissov and pianist Alexander Karpeyev

See page 31 for information.

Cellist Alexey Sarkissov and pianist Alexander Karpeyev present a programme of Russian classical composers who were suppressed during the Communist regime or had to leave the country because of the 1917 Revolution.

Coram’s Fields entrance, 3.30pm (also Sat 3.30pm); FREE but pre-booking is recommended

Polari Literary Salon

Tickets: £20 (£16)

Now celebrating its 10th year Polari Literary Salon has come a long way from its humble beginnings above a Soho pub. The award-winning LGBT+ literary movement showcases the best in established and emerging LGBT+ literary talent.

The Art of The Symphony -Gooden.semble

‘the most exciting literary movement in London.. crackling with energy, ideas, excitement’ Huffington Post.

Pushkin House, 4pm

A programme of orchestral masterworks in a setting so intimate that you could reach out and touch the action. London’s hottest young professionals play works by Beethoven and Bach alongside a new work commissioned by the orchestra. Led by music director Michael Poll.

New Bloomsbury Set, 7pm; Tickets: £8 (£6)

London House, Goodenough College, 7.30pm

Raiders of the Lost Archive: Lost in Translation - Fire Hazard Games

Tickets: £12 (£10)

Sunday 22 October Information

Music

Games A curatorial caper in the British Museum! With a live leaderboard, cryptic clues, surprise challenges and a roaming curator, you’ll have to think quickly to defeat teams of rival adventurers. Start at The Comedy Museum, 2pm Tickets: £20 (£15)

The Harrison All Day Folk Festival The legendary Harrison All Day Folk Festival returns for its twelfth installment Ten hours of magical music all for FREE! From Old-time, Americana, blues or trad folk to psych, world, electronic or experimental; the only thing you can be sure of is it’ll be another stellar line up. Old-time and bluegrass and Irish sessions on the ground floor. Plus, Sunday Roasts served all day. The Harrison Pub, 12 noon - midnight FREE - Just Turn Up

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BLOOMSBURY FESTIVAL FESTIVAL PATRONS

FESTIVAL TEAM

The Duchess of Bedford

Festival Director

Kate Anderson

Professor Michael Arthur Provost and President, UCL

Festival Manager

Ana Gillespie

Programme Manager

John-Paul Muir

Programme Manager

Caggy Kerlogue

Programme Assistant

Rohanne Udall

Marketing Manager (Campaigns & PR)

Daniel King

Andrew Clark

Marketing Manager (Design & Branding)

Gillian Allmark

Michael Dixon

Marketing Assistant

Nick Mastrini

Jason Geen

Fundraising Assistant

Rosalind Reynolds-Grey

Jane Lingham

Bookkeeper

Penelope Eaton

FESTIVAL TRUSTEES John Ainley Michael Buffham-Wade Simon Cane

Sally Muckley Alicia Wilson Paul Wyman (Chair)

ARTISTIC ASSOCIATES Orit Azaz and Bill Gee

BLOOMSBURY FESTIVAL PRODUCTIONS Team Includes: Production Manager

Lia Prentaki

Project Coordinator

Hannah Sharkey

FUNDED BY

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Jess Hudsley

Producer


SPONSORS

FESTIVAL SUPPORTERS RSA Gerald Eve CBRE Imperial Hotels

P.AC.E (UK) Ltd Building Services Rhinegold Publishing (Media Partners) And all our BF17 Pioneers

MAJOR PARTNERS

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Diary EXHIBITIONS (throughout the Festival)

THURSDAY 19 OCTOBER

Behind the Indian Boom

Wed - Sun

MUSIC (pages 17 &19)

Les Sapeuses - Lady Dandies of the DRC

Wed - Sun

Lunchtime Concert - The Tritium Trio Bloomsbury Songs

Fairgrounds of the Faithful: Moulids the Sufi Festivals of Egypt

Wed - Sun

Kumartuli Art: Durga Idol Display

Thurs - Fri

In the Waiting Room

Thurs - Sun

The Secret Diary of Bloomsbury

Wed - Sun

Square One

Wed - Sun

Retracing Ribeiro

Wed - Sun

Objects in Time

Fri - Sat

101st km: Further and Everywhere

Wed - Sun

Cornershop Urban Turban

Wed - Sat

A Rangoli for Bloomsbury

Wed - Sat

Design Competition Winner’s Portfolio

Wed - Sun

Design Competition Finalists’ Exhibition

Wed - Sun

Strad Style

6.30pm

The Frog Princess Punked

7.30pm

MUSIC (page 13) Lunchtime Concert - Maria Ines Costa

1.10pm 4.30pm & 6.30pm

SOAS Concert Series: Amrit Kaur Lohia

7.30pm

Burning Salt & Special Guests

7.30pm

Belle Chen’s Mademoiselle

7.30pm

WALKS, TALKS & TOURS (page 15) Ten Bloomsbury Trailblazers Tour of the Wiener Library and Archives The Story of Peter Pan & Brunswick Square

12 noon 1pm 7.30pm

LITERATURE (page 15)

Memory Maps from 26

6pm 7pm

Anthony McGowan: Facebook to Fiction

7.30pm

Independent Voices

7.30pm

SPECIAL EVENTS (page 15) Camden Tea Dance

12.30pm

101st km: Further and Everywhere - Launch Event 6.30pm

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The Pass (15) - Film and Panel Discussion

6.30pm

Catching The Ghost

7.30pm

Girls Girls Girls

7.30pm

WALKS, TALKS & TOURS (page 19) Street Art and Urban Culture Youth Tour

12 noon

Tour of the Wiener Library and Archives

1pm

Book of Squares Walkabout Exhibition

2pm

Reformation Exhibition Curators Tour

2pm

LITERATURE (page 19) Dark Angels Workshop: John Simmons

2pm

The Story of My Second Sight

6pm 6.30pm

SPECIAL EVENTS (page 19)

THEATRE & FILM (page 13)

Maureen Duffy Poetry Reading

THEATRE & FILM (page 19)

Bloomsbury: Beyond the Establishment

WEDNESDAY 18 OCTOBER

Bloomsbury Songs Preview

1.10pm 4.30pm & 6pm

Bureau of Silly Ideas at Farmers’ Market Mira Manek & Dalloway Terrace Supper Club

12 noon 6pm

FRIDAY 20 OCTOBER SPECIAL EVENTS (pages 21 & 23) Sing Out Store Street! Pink Peacock Party - Club Kali

6pm 10pm

THEATRE & FILM (page 23) Groomed Unfinished Business Family Movie Night: Veer Zaara Backstory Cabaret

4pm & 8pm 6.30pm 7pm 8.30pm

WALKS, TALKS & TOURS (page 23) Tour of the Wiener Library and Archives

1pm

Book of Squares Walkabout Exhibition

2pm

Architecture of the Imagination Crick Chat on Cancer: The Big Picture

6.30pm 7pm

MUSIC (page 23) Lunchtime Concert: Portraits & Poetry

1.10pm

Sweet Silence - The Amade Players

7.30pm


SATURDAY 21 OCTOBER

SUNDAY 22 OCTOBER

SPECIAL EVENTS (page 25)

BLOOMSBURY FAMILY DAY (page 33)

Being Inependent - Festival Hub at UCL

11am - 5pm

THEATRE (page 27) JOY

What Did the Hippie Have in His Bag?

11am

Spirit Sound Colour Machines - Max Ciogli

11am - 4pm

11am

Fairytales for Terrible Children

1pm & 4pm

Myth Independent

1pm

Bollywood for All by Akademi

2.30pm

South of the Down: An Undertaking on Paper

2pm

OUR WORLD? TALKING INDEPENDENCE (pages 34/35)

On Having No Head

3pm

Slave Owners of Bloomsbury

11am - 5pm

Lucid

5pm

Who Said What About EU Migration?

11am - 5pm

7pm

My Journey To Bloomsbury

11am - 5pm

Walk With Me Calais

8.30pm

Gandhi and Non-Violence - Dr Shahrar Ali

The Game’s a Foot, Try the Fish

8.30pm

Modern Slavery in the UK

MUSIC (page 29) Bloomsbury Songs

11.30am

When Annie Met Gandhi pop-up throughout the day

Lunchtime Concert - B-L Piano Duo

1.10pm

11am

12 noon & 3.30 pm

Viewing Post-Independent India from the Outside Four Conversations: A United Kingdom?

1.15pm 1.15pm

Belle Chen’s Mademoiselle

6pm

Why is my Curriculum Colonial?

Brigitte Subkov plays Prokofiev

7pm

Four Conversations: Four Anniversaries

Funoon Salon

7pm

Indpendent Employment?

7pm

Ashok Klouda - Sunday Suites 1

5.30pm

Harriet MacKenzie & Morgan Szymanski

6.30pm

London Never Dies - James Bond Cabaret Romantic Bach - From Intimate to Epic

7.30pm

WALKS, TALKS & TOURS (page 29) Bharatiya Bloomsbury

1.30pm 3.15pm 3.30pm

THEATRE (page 37) 11am & 2pm

The Dance Hall

11am

Ten Bloomsbury Trailblazers

11am

Paper Crown

1pm

Book of Squares Walkabout Exhibition

2pm

Man-Cub

3pm

Railing Bloomsbury: Walking Tour

3pm

Old Joe’s Fish ‘n’ Chill

6pm

Independent Women

3pm

WALKS, TALKS & TOURS (page 37 & 39)

How to be a Craftivist

7pm

Bharatiya Bloomsbury

LITERATURE (page 31) Big Teeth

11.30am - 7pm

A Secret Sisterhood

1pm

11am & 2pm

Ten Bloomsbury Trailblazers

11am

South of the Down: An Undertaking on Paper

2pm

Book of Squares Walkabout Exhibition

2pm

Spanish Crossings: The Bloomsbury Tale

3pm

Raiders of the Lost Archive: Lost in Translation

2pm

The No Panic Book of Not Panicking

3pm

From Prejudice to Pride

2pm

Bloomsbury Bookshops Tour

3.30pm

MUSIC (page 39)

Deeper Than Indigo

5pm

Bloomsbury Songs

Love, Lust and Loathing in the Bloomsbury Literati

8pm

The Harrison All Day Folk Festival

FAMILY (page 32) Family Art Day at October Gallery

pop-up throughout the day 12 noon - midnight

Akimbo 10am

Russian Composers in Exhile - Cello & Piano

Grant Museum of Zoology

1pm - 5pm

The Art of the Symphony - Goodensemble

Petrie Museum of Egyptian Archaeology

1pm - 5pm

LITERATURE (page 39)

Children’s Magic Workshop West End Magic Family Show

1.30pm 4pm

Bloomsbury Bookshops Tour Polari Literary Salon

3pm 4pm 7.30pm

3.30pm 7pm

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