The last word
Pyrotechnic art and line dancing have little in common, but you can see both at the Bloomsbury Festival (19-23 Oct; p. 47). The annual festival’s 150 events can draw up to 50,000 people. This year’s theme is ‘language’, so expect creative works influenced by speech, non-verbal communication, Morse code and sign language – even computer code. Highlights include a children’s choir performing in Coram’s Fields (19 Oct), an immersive incantation at the British Museum (19-23 Oct) and world music at the School of Oriental and African Studies (22 Oct). On Store Street, learn Bollywood and B-Boy moves, as well as swing and line dancing. You can also see pyrotechnic art (21 Oct; left), which will leave you lost for words, and enjoy a street party with a twist.