Award-winning Birmingham International Dance Festival returns

14 Feb 2018

‘AIR’ by Compagnie Didier Theron. Image: Hiroshi

Birmingham International Dance Festival (BIDF), produced by Birmingham-based DanceXchange, working with a rich network of partners, returns to the city from 1 – 24 June 2018.

Expect fantastic dance in the city’s theatres and a takeover of Birmingham’s streets and squares, with show-stopping free performances and opportunities to get dancing.

This festival will bring the best of international dance to the city and provide a platform for local talent to shine. The programme will excite and delight a wide range of audiences and participants, inspiring local people, and attracting visitors to the city. BIDF celebrates Birmingham as a young, diverse city, a place where anything is possible, where the extraordinary happens in the most unexpected spaces.

The 2018 festival programme is inspired and curated around themes of imagination and digital art and reflects on the diversity of dancers’ bodies. It will present work that shows choreographic practice at its best and pushes the boundaries of dance as a contemporary art form.

Alongside the performance programme will be a series of professional and industry events, debates and workshops, creating a valuable space for dialogue, collaboration and sharing of ideas, as well as skills development.

Talking about BIDF 2018 Lucie Mirkova, Festival Artistic Director said:

“The 2018 festival has a strong curatorial voice and vision that reflects current and new dance practice and looks to the future. Our aim is to grow the festival’s reputation and significance, nationally and internationally, as a place where the best of international and national dance is presented, reaching out to new audiences, and offering a platform for change and development to happen. BIDF imagines a world of greater connection, fewer barriers, and more dancing.”

BIDF 2018 is produced by DanceXchange, and is funded by Arts Council England and Birmingham City Council, with additional investment from Dance Hub Birmingham. The Festival Square is sponsored by Colmore BID. BIDF is proud to be part of Birmingham’s Year of Movement.

Visit the BIDF website to keep up with the latest news and programme announcements. The full programme of events will be announced over the next few weeks.