Open Senses is the world's first festival devoted to sensory practice, the sensory arts and research. It was launched in May 2017 as a three-day festival across 25 London venues and featuring 50 events and the work of 200 practitioners.
Open Senses positions London as the world-leading centre of excellence in sensory practice. We invite all Londoners, as well as each and every tourist and visitor, to freely come and open their noses, tastebuds, and skin to the world; to notice and savour the natural, physical environment around them.
Sensory practice not only encourages accessibility and inclusivity, it builds deep connections between people and their environments. Open Senses showcases sensory practice as a powerful tool to evoke true human emotion and create warm, lasting memories.
We envision a world where people are more aware of how the senses combine and interact with each other. We believe this awareness will make people more able to connect with their environments, with the people around them and most of all with themselves.
Our mission is to use creative approaches to increase people’s awareness of how to use their senses and how their senses combine to result in an improved perception of the environment, of others and of one's self. This leads to appreciating life in a fuller and more profound way.