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 August 2017

An Evening of Jazz – Dance and Music – Part of Bernie Grant Arts Centre’ s Dance and Music Festival               

Photo by Pexels

Friday 4 August
7:30-9:30 PM (doors open at 7 PM)



Bernie Grant Arts Centre
Town Hall Approach Road
N15 4RX

We are delighted to present An Evening of Jazz – Dance and Music in partnership with Bernie Grant Arts Centre during their Dance and Music Festival 2017.

Join us in conversation with our expert panel to explore the beautifully complex relationship between Jazz Dance and Music. Our panel of artists include Dr Sheron Wray, Jreena Green, Gary Nurse, Annette Walker, and more.


Batuke! Festival 

25-28 August

Rich Mix Cultural Foundation
35 – 47 Bethnal Green Road
London E1 6LA

Immerse yourself in Afro-Luso culture through dance, percussion & song. The 4-day festival of workshops, screenings, performances, social dance events and a parade at Notting Hill Carnival features a number of artists including Trailblazers Starter Iris De Brito and Trailblazers Alumni Alesandra Seutin, Akosua Boakye and Mbulelo Ndabeni.

For more information and to book tickets, visit Batuke! Festival.


Special Olympics 2017 Ceremonies

7-12 August


One Dance UK Trailblazers Starter 2015-16 Nathan Geering is Artistic Director of what promises to be a spectacular event. For more information, visit Special Olympics GB.


Tribe of Doris Summer School

9 – 13 August


Featuring music, dance, song, movement and ceremony, Tribe of Doris is a community, bringing people together with over 60 workshops a day. For more information, visit Tribe of Doris.

Take a look at our Bloom 2017 blogs, chronicling some our activities across the country.

Bloom National Festival 2017 Partners

Bloom 2017 Partners