Of all the things people do at festivals, sleep is usually at the bottom of the list.
So the Museum of the Home‘s turning things on their head with its Festival of Sleep, a new season of exhibitions & events exploring how our relationship with sleep has changed over time and across cultures.
Sounds like an absolute snooze-fest… in a good way.
Because aside from giving their famous Rooms Through Time exhibition an overhaul to reflect how each of their fictional inhabitants might have been experiencing sleep differently, they’re laying on a series of rest-related events between the end of June and September. Meaning you can also drop in to listen to a recording of composer Max Richter’s 8-hour lullaby, Sleep; join yoga classes designed to help you sleep better; step into an immersive light & audio installation designed around rest for chronic pain sufferers; discuss the psychology of dreams (in a 1970s living room) with author Dr. Michael McMillan; and join a lecture exploring the mysterious sleep folklore of the past, from faeries that make you sleepwalk to witches that curse you with sleep paralysis.
It all kicks off – or should we say, gets tucked in – on 25th June with The Great Pyjama Party, an after-hours launch that’s fully embracing the concept of the museum ‘Late.’ Here you’ll be able to make your own botanical pillow balm; listen to bedtime stories; have your subconscious interpreted by a dream decoder; mellow out to jazz lullabies or throw shapes at the silent disco and sip on nightcaps including boozy hot chocolate and chamomile cocktails… all while sporting your finest bedtime attire.
It’s the ultimate slumber party.
NOTE: The Great Pyjama Party took place on 25th June 2022. Tickets are no longer available.
Festival of Sleep | Museum of the Home, 136 Kingsland Road, London E2 8EA
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