School of Advanced Study at the Bloomsbury Festival

Monday 19 October 2015

After taking a year off in 2013 the Bloomsbury Festival is back for four days of performance, arts, music and heritage events, themed around light. On 23–24 October, Senate House will be transformed into a ‘Sparkling Hub’ featuring everything from projections onto the building, an art installation in the Crush Hall, an arcade of retro computer games and much more.

On the Friday (23 October), SAS’s ‘Hacking the Archives’ project, will light up the façade of Senate House with projections of digital artwork created in collaboration with the School’s academics. The party starts at 6.30pm. Just around the corner, the festival will be lighting up Store Street with an artist-led street party

Senate House will again be buzzing on 24 October with activities organised by SAS, Senate House Library, UCL, London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine, SOAS, University of London and others. Expect everything from unusual tours of the building, a Speakers’ Corner where you can come and debate the issues of the day, ‘insect arts & crafts’ sessions and a ‘ministry of bright ideas’. The full programme is available here

Event highlights include
‘Hacking the archives’ projections onto the façade of Senate House 
• A ‘speakers’ corner’ exploring some of the most pressing issues of the day  
• A walk-through arcade of retro computer games
• Tours of Senate House 
• A roving team of poets and visual artists creating new work

Bloomsbury Festival is a four-day explosion of arts, sciences and fun in the streets, parks, museums, galleries and public and (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.


Notes to Editors:

1. For further information, please contact: Maureen McTaggart, Media and Public Relations Officer, School of Advanced Study, University of London +44 (0)20 7862 8653  /

2. The School of Advanced Study (SAS), University of London, is the UK’s national centre for the promotion and support of research in the humanities and celebrates its 20th anniversary in 2015. It was officially opened on 15 March 1995, by Sir Anthony Kenny as a federation of the University of London’s research institutes and, since then, has established itself as the UK’s national humanities hub, publicly funded to support and promote research in the humanities nationally and internationally. SAS and its member institutes offer unparalleled academic opportunities, facilities and stimulation across a wide range of subject areas for the benefit of the national and international scholarly community. In 2013-14, SAS: welcomed 743 research fellows and associates; held 2,081 research dissemination events; received 26.4 million visits to its digital research resources and platforms; and received 202,891 visits to its specialist libraries and collections. The School also leads the UK’s only nationwide festival of the humanities: Being Human. Find out more at or follow SAS on Twitter at @SASNews

3. The University of London is a federal University and is one of the oldest, largest and most diverse universities in the UK. Established by Royal Charter in 1836, the University is recognised globally as a world leader in Higher Education. It consists of 17 self-governing Colleges of outstanding reputation, together with a number of prestigious central academic bodies and activities. Learn more about the University of London at
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4. 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. In 2015, Bloomsbury Festival appointed new Director, Kate Anderson to take its vision forwards. A senior arts leader and creative producer, Kate was previously joint CEO of the Nuffield Theatre in Southampton, where she led a four year programme of major outdoor events and international collaborative projects in the city centre, and she won a tender for the company to set up an arts programme in Southampton’s new arts complex which is due to open in 2016.  After twelve years, Kate left the Nuffield two years ago, since when she has performed strategic consultancy for a variety of organisations, and set up a new company creating and performing shows in London and abroad.