Bloom National 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.
Bloom Chapters in September 2017
Funk the Trinity Dance Battle – performance, competition
Saturday 16 September
Trinity Arts Centre
Bristol BS2 0NW
A battle programme with open preliminary rounds in Breaking, Hip Hop, House and U18s All Style. Featuring a judges showcase and guest performances, Funk the Trinity builds on Kieran and Tyler’s international experience judging, competing and producing battle events Team M.S.B., Funk The Quay and Battle Royale; supporting the next generation of independent artists and connecting contemporary dance cultures.
For more information, visit Funk The Trinity.
Circomedia have kindly offered a ticket for each category winner (House, Hip Hop, Breaking & U18s all styles) for Avant Garde’s Fagin’s Twist at Circomedia, Bristol on Saturday 7 October! Find out more on the Circomedia website.
I.D. Now! – double bill performance
Thursday 21 September
1 Hope Place
Liverpool L1 9BG
We are really excited to be working in partnership with some of the leading dance agencies, dance organisations and theatre venues in the Midland, the North West, North East and in Scotland. We will also be launching our new national dance initiative called The Playground where we will be discovering, supporting and platforming new emerging dancers and choreographers from the midlands and the northern regions; working in partnership across four cities Birmingham, Leeds, Liverpool and Glasgow with ACE Dance and Music, Phoenix Dance Theatre, R.A.P, MDI, and Project X Scotland.
In part 1, Felix Ologbosere, Charlene Kaliyati and Lauren Tucker, Liverpool based dancers and choreographers, explore personal and professional identity and perception through storytelling and traditional/contemporary African dance styles. Felix unpicks the British destruction of the Ancient City of Benin through his own personal and cultural perspective. Charlene and Lauren challenge perceptions of cultural and female bodies on stage.
This event is part of the Bloom Festival North Chapter and part of the playground series.
Let’s Move to More Visibility – Project X Symposium
Friday 22 September
Duration: 7 hours (with intervals)
Price: £15 individuals/£35 organisations
25 Albert Drive
Glasgow G41 2PE
This one day symposium by Project X explores how dance and the performing arts sector in Scotland can develop to have a greater representation and support of practitioners who identify as People of Colour (POC) and / or Black, Asian, Minority Ethnic (BAME).
We welcome anyone working in the performing arts sector including artists, teachers, programmers, producers and students.
The Project X Symposium will include a key note speaker, artist panels and break out workshops, as an opportunity for conversation on these complex issues and together develop actions for change.
Project X Symposium: Scratch
Friday 22 September
Duration: 1 hour (with no intervals)
25 Albert Drive
Glasgow G41 2PE
An evening of short performances of Project X associate artists who have come through their development programme.
Showcasing new work from dance artists:
Erick Valentin Mauricia
Joy Maria Onotu
Project X celebrates and champions dance within the African Diaspora in Scotland. Through workshops, performances, artistic opportunities, discussions, screenings, a symposium and more, Project X platforms these contemporary and traditional dance forms whilst broadening perceptions and representation.
Afro Dance Xplosion – performance and workshops
29 September – 1 October
61 Westminister Bridge Road
London SE1 7HT
99 Upper Ground
London SE1 9PP
Afro Dance Xplosion (London) brings together some of the hottest African Diaspora dance practitioners to deliver a dynamic weekend of dance classes and workshops on 30 September to the 1 October 2017. This year is Afro Dance Xplosion’s 7th Anniversary, which will feature a showcase on 29 September plus a weekend full of great workshops. This year we have artists from three continents which include: Georges Momboye, Dr. Kemal Nance, Aida Diop and Danzel Thompson-Stout! These artists will represent the African diaspora in all of its glory at ADX 2017 – Diaspora!
Bloom National Festival 2017 Partners