An Imaginarium Takeover

Imaginarium Repair Cafe

How incredible to see the specially created Imaginarium filled with people across this weekend in March as part of the 2024 Cambridge Festival. Taking place for the first time at the front of King’s College, this was a magical celebration of community activism and hope involving an incredible 15 partners organisations, 129 volunteers, 8 artists and 2,300 visitors.  

Imaginarium Independent Article

A longer article can be read here.

Creative highlights included the specially created soundscape A Hidden World (now free to explore here), the performance of Nature’s Song by folk artists Sean Cooney and Emily Portman and children from Wilburton Primary School, creative work by young people in the city, and the invitation to contribute to re-imagine space alongside artists. Visitors also enjoyed reading the stories of people across our community re-imagining a better, fairer and green future for Cambridge, gathered by artist-writers Gabby Arenge and Emily Dowdeswell. We called these Regenerators and they are all now gathered here as part of work to develop an Imaginarium Handbook.

Fabulous all round – it was special for us to be involved too and great that 2300 made brand new connections as part of the Imaginarium at King’s!

Polly Ingham, Bursar, King’s College

I was thrilled to see how the Imaginarium enabled people to engage with such an important topic in wonderfully creative ways. Our community always inspires me with their creative  responses to nature and climate, and I hope the event has enabled new ideas and conversations to continue.

David Cain, Cambridge Festival Manager, University of Cambridge