The Bloomsbury Festival comes to town this weekend, from Friday to Sunday, featuring a plethora of free events, covering music, dance, poetry and art.
For me, the highlight has to be the SOAS World Music Stage, which takes place in Russell Square from Noon on both Saturday 22nd October and Sunday 23rd October.
This two-day programme of free music from around the world has been selected by specialists at the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS) Music Department. Africa, Asia, Latin America and Europe are all represented by bands including: Laye Sow (Senegal), Ayarkhaan (Sakha/Siberia), Amira Kheir (Sudan), Shavnabada (Georgia), Rún (Celtic music), Harare (Zimbabwe) - and many more.
The line-up sounds very interesting, though I must admit I'm not personally familiar with any of the bands apart from Harare, who I can heartily recommend. They are scheduled to play at 6.15pm on Saturday and I would go so far as to say the event is worth attending for them alone.
For full details, visit: http://www.bloomsburyfestival.org.uk/event/id/185