Bloom National Festival 2017

Bloom Festival 2017

May to November 2017

Bloom National Festival 2017 explores and celebrates dance from Africa and its diaspora through performances, workshops and discussions across the UK. The festival gives a glimpse of the dance talent that is growing in our communities and raises awareness of the art forms to new audiences and new spaces.This year’s festival launched with the Trailblazers Showcase on 10 May, at The Place with three stunning performance pieces by  our Trailblazers Champion Fellows Adesola Akinleye and Ithalia Forel, and The Neriah Kumah Legacy Fund recipient Sara Dos Santos. Bloom will unfold as chapters in collaboration with key venues, studios, regional festivals and partners until November 2017.

Bloom reflects the wonderful diversity that exists in the African Diaspora.

Find a chapter near you and embrace the vibrancy, with friends and family.


Bloom Chapters in June 2017

Dissecting Principles with ‘Funmi Adewole and Judith Palmer                                     
Monday 19 June, 7-9:30 PM

African Heritage UK, Re:generations 2016, Birmingham, Photo by Foteini Christofilopoulou

One Dance UK’s Re:generations 4 – Diasporic dance: Legacies of Imagination, Birmingham, UK, 3-5 November 2016. Photo – © Foteini Christofilopoulou.

Moonshot Centre, Fordham Park, Angus Street, New Cross London SE14 6LU

Free (reservations required)

Due to limited space, seats will need to be reserved.
To book, please email:

Dissecting Principles is an event for dancers, dance researchers and dance teachers interested in neo-traditional and contemporary African dance. It will consist of a workshop, discussion and Q and A. African Heritage UK, founded by Judith Palmer is also looking to train dance teachers to teach neo-traditional African dances. ‘Funmi Adewole is looking to meet people who research dance both theoretically and practically as part of their professional practice. Beginners and experienced dance artists welcome. Come and find out more.

Dissecting Principles is funded by The Exchange.


Looking Up (working title) – a collaboration between Mambya Dance Company (Uganda), Pamoja Dance Group (Kenya) and Stopgap Dance Company (UK)
Friday 23rd June, 6pm

Greenwich Community College, King George Street, London, SE10 8PX
Limited Space (please contact for more details)

In collaboration with Stopgap’s Artistic Director Lucy Bennett, five men from different countries investigate some ideas surrounding the space in-between them, the walls that divide them and the paths that join them to find a shared physical language that needs no words. The artists involved are currently working together from 3 different studios in 3 different countries creatively conversing through videos, messages and photos in a Whatsapp group. Amongst other things, they are taking inspiration from some video works by the performance artist Francis Alÿs, which offer poignant commentaries on social tensions that arise from subjections of common spaces. They will then come together in the UK over 6 days in June to continue their conversation in the UK to present the work in progress. Funding permitting this will be further developed into a complete 20-minute work to tour outdoor festivals nationally and internationally from summer 2018.

This event is supported by Arts Council England; British Council; Greenwich+Docklands International Festival; XTRAX, Farnham Maltings, University of Chichester

*This is a work in progress sharing, if you would like to attend then please contact Charlotte Mackie on

Bloom Festival 2017 Partners