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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; creating distinctive new work; building audiences, and engaging communities in stimulating participatory activity.

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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.

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 provides a platform for engagement with a wide range of audiences and participants, 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 vital space for artistic dialogue and exchange, and promoting Birmingham as a global dance city.

The 2020 edition of BIDF was postponed due to the Covid19 pandemic.  In 2021, the festival will return in a unique format with summer and autumn editions, presenting an incredible opportunity to connect people across borders and cultures in a joyful, inspiring, celebration of dance and togetherness.

BIDF 2021 Summer edition, 3 – 13 June 2021 will present our brand new digital platform an online programme hosted on a dedicated BIDF TV platform including which will host new livestream performances, film commissions, workshops and classes for public and professional dancers, plus an international showcase.

The Autumn edition of BIDF 21 will take place 21 September – 3 October and will present a live – socially distant – outdoor programme including local touring, youth engagement and co-productions.

BIDF is produced by DanceXchange

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