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 September 2017

Funk the Trinity Dance Battle – performance, competition

Photo ©Mark Simmons

Photo ©Mark Simmons

Saturday 16 September

Trinity Arts Centre
Trinity Rd
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

Unity Theatre
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

© Maeve Redmond

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.

Developed and supported by Tramway, The Work Room, One Dance UK, Federation of Scottish Theatre and Creative Scotland.


Project X Symposium: Scratch

© Maeve Redmond

Friday 22 September

Duration: 1 hour (with no intervals)
Price: £6

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:
Claricia Kruithof
Erick Valentin Mauricia
Joy Maria Onotu
Kasumi Momoda

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.

Developed and supported by Tramway, The Work Room, Creative Scotland and One Dance UK.


ADX photo by Vero

ADX Photo by Vero

Afro Dance Xplosion – performance and workshops

29 September – 1 October

Showcase Location
Morley College
61 Westminister Bridge Road
London SE1 7HT

Workshops Location
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!

Read our Bloom 2017 blogs, chronicling some our activities across the country.

Bloom National Festival 2017 Partners

Bloom 2017 Partners