Celebrating Dance from Africa and its Diaspora

Bloom National Festival


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The Bloom National Festival explores and celebrates dance from Africa and its diaspora through performances, film, open workshops and discussions. The spirit behind the biennial festival is the desire to cultivate artists who are rooted, confident and flourishing wherever they find themselves in Britain – ‘blooming where they are planted’. With each festival we aim to give a glimpse of the African diaspora dance talent flourishing in communities nationwide.

The first festival was held in June 2009 at the Southbank Centre and attracted the support of almost 1000 people over two days of events. In addition to the talks, film and workshops open to the public, the festival featured a mixed bill performance showcasing UK-based artists.  With the success of the inaugural festival, through the years Bloom grew to chapters occurring nationwide within other conferences and festivals; drawing in new and larger audiences. Find out more about the featured artists and partners from our previous Bloom Festivals.

Click here for highlights on this month’s Bloom events.

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Bloom National Festival 2017 Partners

Bloom 2017 Partners