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Birkbeck community to play leading role in Bloomsbury Festival

Members of Birkbeck’s student and staff community are leading and contributing to a number of events at the arts festival, taking place from 15 to 24 October.

Young Voices and the Essay Film - a curating project programmed by Birkbeck students

Birkbeck’s School of Arts is participating in this year’s Bloomsbury Festival, an annual celebration of arts, science and literature. Established in 2006, the ten-day event from 15 to 24 October will see Bloomsbury, a vibrant cultural quarter and home to Birkbeck, host up to 130 events.

As well as being a showcase of the creativity and talent of the Bloomsbury area, the festival acts as a catalyst for bringing together academics and artists, scientists and dancers, musicians, publishers and school pupils to inspire and learn from each other.

Dr Dorota Ostrowska, Senior Lecturer in Film and Modern Media and Assistant Dean for Business Engagement and Partnerships, School of Arts, commented: “It is pleasing to see two of our former students launching their careers thanks to the festival. One is a former MA Film Programming and Curating student who started at Bloomsbury Festival and has now moved to the British Film Institute (BFI). The other is a BA History of Art with Curating student who did her work placement at the festival in the Summer term as part of the industry placement module, and has now secured a job at the festival.”

The events that the Birkbeck community are partaking in are listed below:

Notes from Bloomsbury: 50 seconds later

Friday 15 October to Sunday 24 October

Members of the public are invited to send in short films or movie snapshots, which ‘shine a light’ on a person, a place, a community, an activity or an object, located in the Bloomsbury area. The chosen films will be added to an interactive map of Bloomsbury, curated by Birkbeck’s Derek Jarman Lab and the Birkbeck Institute for the Moving Image.

Find out more and submit a film.

Music & Place ‘Belonging’

Friday 15 October, 7.30pm, Conway Hall, 25 Red Lion Square, London

The sanctuary community at Birkbeck will be delivering powerful poetry stimulated by the thought of ‘belonging’. This will be interlaced with musicians from NW Live Arts, who will be performing a wide variety of music from different cultures.

Book your place.

Young Voices and the Essay Film

Thursday 21 October, 5pm to 6pm, online

This is a small curating project programmed by MA Film and Screen Media with Film Programming and Curating students at Birkbeck. The event will present a collection of powerful and unseen essay films exploring everyday life and creativity in a post-COVID world.

Book your place on this free event.

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