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.
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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.
Join a discussion with local MP Tulip Siddiq on the burning question of today: how do we make politics more inclusive, compassionate, and cooperative?
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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?’
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.
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.
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.