Increasing Visibility of DAD within the UK

Regional and National Engagement

Semekor Performing Arts by Dave Lewis

Semekor Performing Arts by Dave Lewis

The Dance of the African Diaspora (DAD) initiatives extend across the nation with the aim to increase visibility and engagement within the dance sector.

Our DAD work in the South West region supports the national programme, develops local partnerships and provides advice and guidance to artists in the region. Some previous activities include: Re:Generations International Conference 2014 at Pavilion Dance South West (PDSW), Open Stage Regional Platforms at Swindon Dance and PDSW, ‘A Conversation’ with Strike A Light, Gloucester, and Bloom National Festival at PDSW and Dance Village.

Within the Northern regions, including Leeds, Liverpool, Gateshead and Nottingham, our key initiatives have been instrumental in raising awareness about the need for continual professional training for DAD artists through performances and professional workshops. Our networking and partnerships with regional agencies (Yorkshire Dance, Phoenix Dance, and MDI) and organisations (Movema, RJC Dance, Gateway Studio Project, ACE Dance and Music and New Art Exchange), offer training and support for emerging and established artists and practitioners working within the sector.

We strive to bridge the connections between artists with venues, organisations and producers for a healthier creative practice that engages the mainstream with dance of the African Diaspora. Learn more about our regional and national programmes by visiting:

Bloom National Festival

Open Stage Regional Platforms

Trailblazers Fellowships