The unusually dissonant introduction to Mozart’s Quartet K465, dedicated to Joseph Haydn, opens a colourful programme of works for string quartet, spanning almost 150 years and featuring Janáček’s 1923 work inspired by Tolstoy’s novella.
Pre-Concert Talk: Peter Quantrill – Small Steps and Giant Leaps
In this free pre-concert talk, o tie in with the Bloomsbury Festival, musicologist Peter Quantrill talks about the evening’s programme in the context of the development of the string quartet and its pioneers.
Being and Believing: Questioning Religious Attitudes Towards LGBT People
LGBT people have contributed greatly to the society of Bloomsbury and enjoy a degree of freedom in London which is celebrated at the annual Pride festival. However, in many parts of the world, people still often experience a tension between their sexual identities and the attitudes which predominate within established religious institutions. In this discussion, we hear the stories of those from several faiths and cultures who have joined the quest to find a spiritual home, including those who have embraced secularism.
London Artists Projects present a new International performance event mixing memoir, image, poetry, music and live testimony from participants speaking truth to power in response to the question ‘who has power over you and what do you want to say to them?’
Small Steps… Big Ideas: Compassion in Politics Visioning Workshop
We all know and feel that the political system is broken – or at least, it isn’t working as well as it should be. But what would a better or new one look like? We’re going to use this exciting opportunity to map out a new vision for our political system and how we will get to it.
2019 marked the 50th anniversary of The Moon Landing. 50 years later we have yet to make it back, but there’s more than hope that this might change – and soon. Making it back to the Moon is seen as a stepping stone to the prospect of putting people on Mars – and they may settle there.
Small Steps… Big Ideas: A Little Light (Pain) Relief
It’s not easy being a scientist. Most of what we do ends in utter failure and when our experiments do work no one really wants to know about it. UCL Professor of Pharmacy Ijeoma F. Uchegbu does not promise you a tale of a ground breaking event but a simple tale of small particles trying to make it big up someone’s nose and making them feel less pain.
What does it mean to be a young Londoner today? This short documentary challenges mis-conceptions and celebrates the diverse individual and collective identity of a group of young Londoners, through first-hand interviews and a montage of experimental, archive and personal imagery.
Join the team from UCL’s Plastic Waste Innovation Hub – one of eight world-leading research projects exploring new and different ways of making, using and recycling plastics – for an informative discussion about the current state of plastics and how to use it more sustainably.
A panel discussion with Layers of London and invited guests on the theme of recording local history, lesser told stories, pioneers, democratising history, activists, and stories of change and development in the Bloomsbury area.
Small Steps… Big Ideas: Layers of London – Collecting Histories
Come along and explore Layers of London’s crowd-sourced history map of London. You can find stories and histories about your local area, delve into geo-referenced historical maps showing the city in different eras and add your own histories to contribute to this growing online platform.
We are so thrilled to be bringing you this weekends Sunday Assembly as part of the Bloomsbury Festival. Small Steps, Big Ideas is a celebration of endeavour, progress, and pioneering achievements. Our speakers this week are from Jangala, a UK-based charity dedicated to enabling internet access for people in need of urgent humanitarian aid or longer-term development assistance.
An award-nominated space adventure set in an alternate 1970s where players are put right into the heart of the age’s great space agencies. There is a tentative global alliance between America, Russia and Europe, and all hopes rest on one astronaut.
AAAAAAAAAARGH!!! A Cartoon Anatomy of Contemporary British Politics
Martin Rowson is a multi-award winning cartoonist and writer. He gave a talk to Central London Humanists six years ago and we are delighted that he has offered to come and talk to us again and give us the cartoonist’s take on contemporary British politics!
RETHINKING HAPPINESS – with Karen Guggenheim & Prof. Paul Dolan
Karen Guggenheim and Professor Paul Dolan share inspiring insights and the latest research to help us rethink the prevailing view of happiness and discover a more authentic and meaningful way of living
How to Be a Marxist: An Evening with Martin Hägglund & Lea Ypi
If this life is all there is, what should we do with it? Yale philosopher Martin Hägglund and LSE philosopher Lea Ypi will consider some of the deepest questions of existence, arguing that only by stripping away their subtle illusions can we discover the true value of our earthly freedom.
In Praise of Walking: The New Science of how we Walk and why it’s Good for us
Walking upright on two feet is a uniquely human skill. It defines us as a species and it’s this overlooked ability that could make unbelievable changes to us as individuals and to society, if we embraced it. Shane O’Mara celebrates this miraculous ability.
John Holroyd will discuss his book Judging Religion: A Dialogue for Our Time with Anja Steinbauer, editor of Philosophy Now. His book has been reviewed as being ‘clearly written, carefully argued, motivated by universal goodwill yet unafraid of tackling bitterly controversial topics.’
How to Own the Room: A Masterclass for Women in Public Speaking
In this talk on the oratorical skills of a variety of brilliant women from Michelle Obama to Virginia Woolf, Viv Groskop will pinpoint exactly what it is that these women do to get their audience to sit up and really listen – and then advise you how to apply their qualities to your own lives.
The London Review of Books invites readers behind the scenes for the first time, reproducing a fascinating selection of artefacts and ephemera from the paper’s archives, personal collections and forgotten filing cabinets, to bring an idiosyncratic slice of Bloomsbury’s heritage to life.
We are so excited to have Caroline Riggs along to speak with us for this assembly! As the granddaughter of a lighthouse keeper she innately loves the seas. The ocean covers 71% of the earths surface and contains some of the most amazing creatures on this planet. Lets take some time during this assembly to wonder at just how incredible they are.
Join our Fun Palace, full of free and fun activities, celebrating culture in our community! Immerse yourself in art, learn about the history of the local area, put your science knowledge to the test, explore your dance skills, think, explore and create. Whatever your age, there’s something for everyone!
Songs Of Hope by Vocal Chords Acapella Choir & Guests
After their sell out performance last year Vocal Chords, a 40 strong acapella harmony choir, return bringing their warmth, enthusiasm and energy to a programme ranging across the musical diversity of our planet. Led by the exuberant Melanie Harrold this benefit concert will raise funds for Culture Declares Emergency on Climate Change.
Mudlark (/'mAdla;k/) noun A person who scavenges for usable debris in the mud of a river or harbour. Lara Maiklem has scoured the banks of the Thames for over fifteen years, in pursuit of the objects that the river unearths: from Neolithic flints to Roman hair pins to Victorian toys.
Out of the Box Thinking: People’s Juries To Address The Crisis in Education
Many people are becoming increasingly disillusioned with how school education operates in this country. This is a meeting to develop new ideas about our education system, which screams for reform and what steps we need to take to do that.
London School of Philosophy present their Autumn Term, with courses on subjects including Plato & Aristotle, German Idealism, French Thought from the Middle Ages to the Present, Lacan with Levinas and Satre, and much more.
Founded in 2013 by three Dutch performers, the Delta Piano Trio have won numerous international awards. This performance for Conway Hall flanks cutting-edge twentieth and twenty-first century works for piano trio with German classics for the ensemble.
From Blurred Lines to gang signs, how does society cause toxic masculinity? But what is masculinity? Dominating the world around us, from Trump's twitter outbursts to deadly gun violence, from male suicide rates to incels on Reddit and 4chan, masculinity is perceived to be 'toxic', 'fragile' and 'in crisis'.
Clarinettist Peter Cigleris joins the Tippett Quartet to present two works from two conflicting schools of British composition alongside one of the greatest in the genre that kick-started the English clarinet quintet.
You are invited to step inside the Oval Office and experience life as a reporter in the Briefing Room. Join BBC North America Editor Jon Sopel as he takes you inside Trump’s West Wing and discusses the impact this presidency has had on the most iconic of American institutions.
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