Celebrating Dance from Africa and its Diaspora

Past Bloom Festivals

‘I thoroughly enjoyed the Kizomba workshop, it was refreshing to learn something new from the experts. The show was a wonderful display of art of culture, a great insight into what can be achieved through combination of different art forms.’

Bloom 2009 Audience Member

“I found the Afro-Caribbean dance amazing. As a dancer it brought lots of new vocabulary to my repertoire."

Bloom 2011 Workshop Participant


Bloom Festival 2013 Featured Artists: Afro Roots, Andrea Queens, AQ Arts, Ballet Nimba, Batala, Batch Gueye, Carnival Dance, Claudio Kron, Dee-Koyy, Element Dance Company, Idrissa Camara, Ivan Blackstock and Company, Jackie Guy MBE, JAGUYDANCE, Lamin Dumbuya, Leeds Young Arthurs, Mango Arts, Movema, Nathan Geering, Sara Galan, Thomas Presto with Tabanka Crew African and Caribbean Peoples Ensemble

Bloom 2013 was supported by

 ADAD logo  Bernie Grant  BHLive_Logo Bournemouth Borough Council The Black E  Leeds City Council Leeds City Museum PDSW logo Umoja arts Network

Bloom Festival 2011 Featured Artists: Africo Productions, Alesandra Seutin, Ballet Nimba, Chriague Amarchande, Daliah Touré, David Hamilton, Dundunkini, FE Dance, Frances Lawrence, Idrissa Camara, Irineu Nogueira, Khula African Arts, Mbulelo Ndabeni, Pauline Mayers, Phil Sanger, Phoenix Dance Theatre, Rachael Foster, RÆCE, RJC Dance, Shake and Dance, Shelley Maxwell, Tabanka Crew African and Caribbean Peoples Ensemble, The Maxwell Dance Project, Thomas Presto, Vocab Dance

Bloom 2011 was supported by 

ACE NPO logo black ADAD logo BP logo  Bristol City Council   Carriageworks   northern ballet logo Phoenix Logo  southbank logoCircomedia  DMAC UK

Bloom Festival 2009 Featured Artists: African Sambistas, Alesandra Seutin, Avant-Garde Dance Company, Azzurra Ardovini, Ballet Nimba, Batch Gueye, Chris Rook, Denise Rowe, Freddie Opoku-Addaie, Idrissa Camara, Imani Jendai, Iris DeBrito, Jackie Guy MBE, Lamp Fall, London Diaspora Dance Theatre, Louise Tanoto, Miquel Monteiro, Mohammed Dordoh of Semekor Performing Arts, Opiyo Okach, Paradigmz, Penny Avery, Sara Gordon, Tolo Ko Tolo, Tony Adigun, Vocab Dance Company

Bloom 2009 was supported by

ACE NPO logo black ADAD logo  southbank logo