Bloomsbury Festival Hub @UCL

10th April 2017
UCL Culture
Expressions of interest now open

The Bloomsbury Festival (bloomsburyfestival.co.uk) is an annual celebration of the diverse communities that live and work in the Bloomsbury area. 

The festival spans five days (18-22 October) and we are pleased to announce that UCL has been selected once again to be the Festival hub on Saturday, 21 October.

Expressions of interest

Interested in taking part? Expressions of interest are now open to develop and deliver an event or activity that showcases the breadth, depth and vibrancy of UCL research and engages with this year's Festival theme. 

The 2017 Bloomsbury Festival theme is Independence.  We are looking for exciting research-based event ideas that will engage a public audience with the theme, and its relationship to notions of dependence and interdependence/collaboration, in the broadest sense – subjects could range from political independence to individual autonomy to technological innovations that enable us to overcome physical or mental disabilities. 

We are interested in showcasing a wealth of different types of research that approach the theme from different angles and approaches.

Whether it is a workshop, sound installation, game, art display, live reading or discussion event, we encourage submissions that find interesting ways to animate UCL’s research.  You could have previously developed and delivered your proposed event or seek to develop something new. The main audience for the day will be members of the public, primarily adults aged 24-50 from the areas surrounding Bloomsbury and greater London.  Most activity will take place in and around the Wilkins Building on the main quad.


UCL Culture is offering grants of up to £500 to support the development and delivery of activity. In addition, the UCL Culture programming team will use their expertise to help you develop your ideas and concepts into engaging events and activities. If you are interested in using museum collections to help animate your research, the programming team will help you develop your ideas.  If you are interested in using performance, game and interactivity as a medium to share your research, ZU-UK, UCL Culture’s theatre and digital arts company in residence, may also be available to help support the development of your idea.  UCL Culture will hold workshops to allow you to meet other participants and develop and refine your event ideas.

In order to obtain a grant, please provide an expression of interest of between 300-500 words that outlines:

  1. The area of research you would like to explore and how it relates to the theme of independence 
  2. The type of activity you would like to deliver and how the audience will participate 
  3. The grant amount you seek (funding can be used to cover expenses such as equipment, materials, commissions and/or support staff).

Please send your expression of interest in a Word document with your name, title, department and contact information at the top via email to Will Richard w.richard@ucl.ac.uk by 5pm Monday 15 May 2016.

Image credit: Matt Clayton