Bloomsbury Festival 2015

Bloomsbury festival returns this year as 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.  

As a cultural institution that sits in the heart of this historically creative and innovative area of London - and besides, we do like to think of ourselves as specialists in a light-based medium - we are delighted to be hosting five Bloomsbury Festival events at Curzon Bloomsbury and in the Bertha DocHouse.

We have three family friendly screenings - a Bloomsbury-set absolute classic, Disney's Peter Pan; the world's earliest surviving animation film The Adventures of Prince Achmed, made with beautiful shadow puppets by director Lotte Reiniger; and a short film of Fevered Sleep's show Brilliant, recommended for young children.

We are also giving you the rare chance to get behind the scenes with an architecture tour of the cinema guided by architect Takero Shimazaki, who was in charge of the cinema's refurbishment earlier this year. The tour is followed by a screening of Antonioni's cult film The Passenger, which sees Jack Nicholson on location in the Brunswick Centre.

Bertha DocHouse is also offering a a fascinating take on the theme of light and a powerful cinematic experience with the documentary Nostalgia for the Light. Click on the images below to find out more and book tickets.

There are over 130 events in the Festival including classical concerts, theatre, dance, talks, installations, exhibitions, outdoor music stages, quirky and intriguing adventures, community projects, and family friendly events. For the full programme details, please visit the Bloomsbury Festival website

The Bloomsbury Festival runs 22-25 October 2015 all over Bloomsbury.


Established in 2006, Bloomsbury Festival is a creative explosion of arts, science, literature, culture and fun throughout the streets, parks, museums, galleries, laboratories and public and (normally) private buildings of this vibrant cultural quarter.  For hundreds of years Bloomsbury has been catalyst for ideas that have had impact across the world.

Bloomsbury Festival celebrates contemporary Bloomsbury; a hot bed of creativity and pioneering development which has one of the youngest and most diverse populations in the country. Created with its extraordinary community including more libraries, museums, and educational establishments than any other part of the city, the Festival acts as catalyst bringing together its diverse population, and as a spur to develop new projects and new ideas. 

Bloomsbury Festival has undertaken considerable development in the last two years.  The organisation achieved charitable status in late 2012, and delivered its biggest Festival to date in 2013 attracting audiences of over 50,000 people for a five day event.  Having taken a pause in 2014 for strategic development and consolidation 2015 marks the Festival’s relaunch with a new director and refreshed artistic vision under new Director Kate Anderson.