Welcome to Birmingham International Dance Festival 2018!

Birmingham International Dance Festival (BIDF) is an award-winning biennial festival presenting a vibrant programme of international dance in venues and public spaces across Birmingham; creates distinctive new work; builds audiences; and engages communities in stimulating participatory activity.

Since its beginnings in 2008, BIDF has played a vital role in putting dance centre stage in Birmingham and has become a powerful cultural asset for the city.

BIDF 2018 will capitalise on the success of past editions. With a refreshed and refocused vision and curatorial voice, it will reflect the current and new, and will look to the future. It will present work that shows choreographic practice at its best and that pushes the boundaries of dance as a contemporary art form.

BIDF is unique in its variety of programming areas, from the bold and exciting outdoor and theatre programme, to stimulating debates for arts professionals. Our aim is to grow its reputation and significance, nationally and internationally, as a place where the best of international and national dance is presented, and change and development happen.

BIDF provides a platform for engagement with a wide range of audiences and participants. In 2018, we will extend and deepen this engagement, inspiring local people, connecting with less engaged audience segments, and attracting new audiences to the city.

Our ambition is to strengthen the impact of the festival for the dance sector, the city, and for our young and diverse communities – connecting people with great dance, creating a vital space for artistic dialogue and exchange, and promoting Birmingham as a global dance city.

BIDF is produced by DanceXchange.

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