Now in its 13th year, the Bloomsbury Festival in London will commemorate the 50th anniversary of the first moon landing at this year’s event. For the first time ever, both the YMCA Club and One KX will join forces at the festival to showcase their fitness finery including ‘Yoga Under the Moon’ at the Holy Cross Church from Monday 14th October.
YMCA Club and its sister operation, One KX, will showcase a range of exercise classes at this year’s Bloomsbury Festival, which has chosen the first moon landing 50 years ago as its theme.
The festival’s centre piece, ‘Museum of the Moon’, is a beautiful, internally lit moon sculpture by Artist, Luke Jerram, which measures seven metres wide. It will be transported from the Natural History Museum and installed at the Holy Cross Church on Cromer Street, where we will run a number of ‘Yoga Under the Moon’ sessions to the sound of a special lunar soundtrack:
‘Yoga Under the Moon’ sessions at the Holy Cross Church
Address: Cromer Street, WC1H 8JU (off Judd Street). Cost: £12 per session. Please book in advance.
Mon 14th Oct - 8am to 8.45am and 1pm-2pm with Shun-Yin Chan
Tues 15th Oct - 8am to 8.45am with Michael Lansdown
Tues 15th Oct - 1pm to 2pm with Shun-Yin Chan
Weds 16th Oct - 8am to 8.45am with Michael Lansdown
Thurs 17th Oct - 8am to 8.45am with Michael Lansdown
Thurs 17th Oct - 1pm to 2pm with Shun-Yin Chan
In addition, the YMCA Club and One KX will also run a number of free ‘taster’ sessions at One KX as part of the festival on Sunday 13th October:
FREE taster sessions at One KX on Sun 13th Oct
Address: 120 Cromer Street, Kings Cross, WC1H 8BS. Just turn up! No booking necessary.
Hatha Yoga - 10am to 10.45am in 3rd Floor Studio with Shun-Yin Chan
Total Barre - 11am to 11.45am in 3rd Floor Studio with Marilena Nicolaou
Studio Dynamic Reformer Pilates - 11am to 11.45am in 1st Floor Studio with Paula Puga
Supple Strength - 12pm to 12.45pm in 3rd Floor Studio with Adrian Walters
Animal Flow - 12.50pm to 1.20pm 3rd Floor Studio with Hamit Buhara
Zumba Gold - 1.30pm to 2.15pm in 3rd Floor Studio with Declan Duncan
Matwork Pilates - 2.30pm to 3.15pm 1st Floor Studio with Shideh Moshiri
Reformer Pilates & Cardio Tramp - 3.30pm to 4.15pm in 1st Floor Studio with Emma Down
Something for everyone
Depending on the day and time, attendees of the Bloomsbury Festival will be mixed. Expect local residents, people who work and study in the area and the wider London population who are interested in culture and the arts. Senior Programme Manager, John-Paul Muir, expects more than 20,000 people to attend the festival, which comprises of some 150 events over ten days. Many of the events are free:
“We really wanted to bring the festival to this area of Cromer Street where One KX is based. We want to reach out to the people there, particularly from the estates who don’t tend to engage with the festival very much - they might feel it’s not for them. It made a lot of sense to work with One KX and the YMCA Club to reach that community as you’re a big part of the area and have a beautiful space.”
Other events at the Bloomsbury Festival
Free moon photography exhibition at the Thenga Café in One KX.
Fri 11th to Fri 18th October from 11am to 5pm.
Sat 19th October from 11am to 3pm.
Just turn up! No booking necessary.
Free viewings of ‘Museum of the Moon’ – the beautiful, seven metre wide, internally lit moon sculpture by Artist, Luke Jerram, at the Holy Cross Church on Cromer Street.
Sun 13th October from 3pm.
£8 for lecture which explores the relationship between the moon and Indian dance.
£2 for optional extra Indian dance workshop.
YMCA Club and One KX tasters – an inclusive event
One KX Centre Manager, Jan Handi, is pleased with the collaboration and really looking forward to running the free taster sessions for the local community:
“It will be nice to engage more with the community. Having an event like this basically opens it up for everybody. We want it to be inclusive. We’ve also got a great space that everyone can use and very engaging Fitness Instructors. This event shows what we can do. Anybody can turn up, whether complete beginners or more experienced. Just come along in loose clothing and enjoy!”