Bloomsbury Festival returns for 2015 with a packed line-up featuring performances, live music and events celebrating the rich heritage of the area. This year's theme is 'light' inspired by UNESCO's Year of the Light and the festival opens with a street party complete with fire sculptures created by pyrotechnic specialists, Pa-BOOM (Oct 23). Store Street shops and cafes will stay open late for the festivities and each will house an artist in residence hosting a talk, performance or exhibition. Live folk music can be heard at the South Crescent and stalls will be serving delicious grub and mulled wine throughout the evening. Other festival highlights include a Museum by Candlelight evening at the Charles Dickens Museum, a gala concert from the Goodensemble and pop-up dance performances choreographed by Subathra Subramaniam inspired by light in medicine and health.
Family events over the weekend of October 24-25 include poet John Hegley's 'Animal Alphaboat' at the Grant Museum on the Saturday, and on the Sunday there is jazz music, shadow puppetry and lantern making at the Brunswick Festival Hub. Find the full programme of events via the Bloomsbury Festival website.