Open air milonga at night. Natural light, high ISO.

This Friday and for one night only, artists, dancers and musicians will stop traffic and transform Store Street into a public stage for live performance. Step Out Store Street, Bloomsbury Festival’s night-time street party with a twist, is back by popular demand with a jam-packed programme of creative experiences for all ages and tastes.

As well as cocktails from Bloomsbury Hotel, artistic fire sculptures by pa-BOOM, live music throughout the evening on a fire-lit stage and a selection of international food stalls, a dance floor will be kept busy with different dance styles from Capoeira and Tango to Swing and Bollywood – watch, marvel or join in.

A new street dance created by award-winning choreographer Tony Adigun and his Avant Garde Youth Dance Company will be premiered, and each shop and café along the street will host a different arts and culture activity:

• Take in a floral-themed poetry reading at Orchidya by Bloomsbury-based poets Stephanie Gerra and Em Fleming
• Combine exercise with a healthy, tasty treat in a bike-powered smoothie maker, courtesy of Planet Organic at Cloud 9 Cycles
• Make your very own Day of the Dead inspired flower crown at Caffè Paradiso, with Paperchase
• Take a glimpse of the shortlisted images designed by Central Saint Martins students for the Bloomsbury Festival competition housed at Store Street Espresso
• Visit Decadence Salon’s Living Library, the only library where books can talk back
• Come and have your portrait drawn for free by a Bloomsbury artist at Store Street Framing
• Get a taster 15-minute session of tarot reading at Treadwell’s
• Grab a bite of Greek food at The Life Goddess and enjoy the mesmerising sounds of jazz guitarist Andrew Button
• If you’ve always dreamt of becoming a rock star, learn some new skills by trialling the array of instruments at Footes
• See a virtual reality calligraphy performance at China Design Centre

To check out the full programme of the event, visit here

Step Out Store Street is free for everyone to enjoy.

We look forward to seeing you there from 6:30pm.