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Birmingham International Dance Festival welcomes people of all abilities, ages and backgrounds. We are continually working towards removing barriers to experiencing and enjoying dance in all its forms. As part of our commitment to ensuring we deliver an inclusive and accessible Festival, we offer a range of access provisions and assisted performances. Our wonderful team of staff, Front of House assistants and volunteers are available for assistance during your visit to the Festival. We are happy to chat with you ahead of your visit to make you feel comfortable and at home during your time with us.

Please scroll down to view our selection of access provisions and assisted performances available. We are happy to chat with you ahead of your visit to make you feel comfortable and at home during your time with us.

“If dance is an expression of the human spirit, then it is best expressed by people of all abilities”

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We work from the Social Model of Disability, which, by focusing on the disabling barriers imposed by society, embraces all physical, sensory and invisible impairments, learning disability, mental health, neurodivergent and fatigue conditions. We are always looking at ways to improve our understanding and approach, some of our core staff members have attended Disability Awareness training but we always have more to learn, so please talk to us about your individual requirements so we can discuss how we can accommodate them.

All our Festival spaces both indoor and outdoor are wheelchair accessible, Disability & assistance dog friendly.

If you would like to get in touch please feel free to call us on 0121 667 9460 between the hours of 11.00am – 4.00pm Monday – Friday or email us at access@dx.dance

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At BIDF we do our best to make our events as accessible & inclusive as they can be. All our Festival spaces both indoor and outdoor are;

  • Disability Friendly
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Assistance dog friendly

Our outdoor sites will have viewing areas with chairs available on request to a Front of House staff member

Indoor Venues

You can find further information about accessibility at our indoor venues on the following websites:

Birmingham Hippodrome

Midlands Arts Centre

Outdoor Venues

Our outdoor sites pop up across Birmingham during the Festival. These include Birmingham City Centre, Handsworth Park in North Birmingham and Cannon Hill Park / Outdoor Stage at Midlands Arts Centre.

Our City Centre sites include:

Hall Of Memory, Library Of Birmingham And Baskerville House, Eng
Centenary Square Wheelchair Accessible

Centenary Square, Birmingham, B1 2DR (in front of Birmingham Library)

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Blue Badge Car Parks:

Closest Bus stops:

  • Baskerville House Stop (0.3 miles) – operates for 9, 10, 12, 12A, 13, 13A, 23, 24, 126, 822, 829 & X8
  • Colmore Circus (0.7 miles) – operates for 16, 16A, 25, 82, 87 & 822
  • New street Station Stop (0.8 miles) operates for 515, 61, 63, 82, 87, 822, 829A, X21 & X22
  • Digbeth Coach station stop (1.1 miles) – operates for 60, X1, X2, 34, 2, 3, 4, 5, 4A, 17, 19,  34

View Of The Birmingham Museum & Art Gallery, England

Victoria Square Wheelchair Accessible

Victoria Square, Birmingham, B1 1BD (in front of Birmingham Museum)

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Blue Badge Car Parks:

Closest Bus Stops:

  • Colmore Row Stop (0.2 miles) – operates for 9, 10, 12, 12A, 13, 13A, 23, 24, 25, 126, 822, 829, X8, 82, 87, 89, 101 & 822
  • Great Western Arcade Stop (0.2 miles) – operates for the 7
  • Livery Street Stop (0.2 miles) – operates for the 52
  • Colmore Circus (0.4 miles) – operates for 16, 16A, 25, 82, 87 & 822
  • New street Station Stop (0.5 miles) operates for 515, 61, 63, 82, 87, 822, 829A, X21 & X22
  • Digbeth Coach station stop (0.8 miles) – operates for 60, X1, X2, 34, 2, 3, 4, 5, 4A, 17, 19,  34
All of the above spaces are open public sites with step-free access, we will have a limited number of chairs on-site for any audiences that require a seat. Just chat to our friendly Front of House team if you require one of these.

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Chamberlain Square Wheelchair Accessible

Chamberlain Square, Birmingham B3 3AX

This site has built-in seating available but we will also reserve accessible viewing areas for wheelchair users at the front of the seating and at the back.

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Blue Badge Car Parks:

Closest Bus Stops:

  • Station street Stop (0.3 miles) – Operates for 25, 80, 16, 16A, 35, 45 & 47
  • Small Brook Queensway (0.4 miles) Operates 144, 23, 24 515 & 61
  • Colmore Row Stop (0.3 miles) – operates for 9, 10, 12, 12A, 13, 13A, 23, 24, 25, 126, 822, 829, X8, 82, 87, 89, 101 & 822
  • New street Station Stop (0.5 miles) operates for 515, 61, 63, 82, 87, 822, 829A, X21 & X22
  • Digbeth Coach station stop (0.8 miles) – operates for 60, X1, X2, 34, 2, 3, 4, 5, 4A, 17, 19,  34
Visit the Birmingham City Centre website for Blue Badge Parking information.
The city centre sites are situated close to each other, the journey between each site could take between 5 – 15 minutes.


Outer Birmingham sites include;

Handsworth Park, North Birmingham Wheelchair Accessible

Holly Rd, Handsworth, Birmingham B20 2BY

Please note: Handsworth Park is a grass site

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Blue Badge car parks:

  • Handsworth Park Car Park (in front of Handsworth Wellbeing Centre), 195 Holly Rd, Birmingham B20 2BZ
  • On street free parking is also available on Holly Road, Handsworth

Closest Bus Stops:

  • Holly Road Stop (direct) – operates for 101 & 841
  • Church Hill Road Stop (0.6 miles to Holly Road Entrance) – operates for 16, 16A & 848
  • Grove Lane Stop (0.5 miles to Holly Road Entrance) – Operates for 74
  • Trafalgar Road Stop (0.9 miles to Holly Road Entrance) – Operates for 11C & 11A

Midlands Arts Centre, Birmingham, UK

Cannon Hill Park & Outdoor Stage @ Midlands Arts Centre, Edgbaston Wheelchair Accessible

Cannon Hill Park, Birmingham B12 9QH

Please note: Cannon Hill Park is a grass site with a small section of pathed areas

Blue Badge car parks:

Birmingham City Council manages the

  • Queen’s Ride car park next to MAC
  • Pershore Road car park next to the Birmingham Wildlife Conservation Park (BWCP)
  • Russell Road car park.

Please see the Council’s website for information on car park pricinghere.

Please note: Charges do not apply to Blue Badge holders.

Closest Bus Stops:

  • Cannon Hill Park Stop (0.3 miles to The MAC) – operates for 1, 1S & 41
  • Priory Road Stop (0.3 miles to The MAC) – operates for 41, 45 & 47
  • Park Hill Stop (0.5 miles to The Mac) – operates for 1, 1S, 35 & 41

Content

All videos created by BIDF for social media, our website and events include captions. We also ensure all our promotional materials (flyers, posters etc.) have accessible font types and we will provide downloadable accessible versions of our brochure.

Website

Our website is rated 87.2% on the Web Accessibility Check. It includes accessibility functions such as adjusting the text size and colour contrast.

2022 Festival Brochure

Colour Brochure

Dyslexic Friendly brochure

Easy Read & Audio Description Performance Guides

Look Mum, No Hands! by Daryl Beeton Productions and Mimbre (Easy Read & Audio Description)

The Other Side by Ascencion Dance (Easy Read)

BONDED by Alleyne Dance (Easy Read)

CROWD_CTRL by AndroidX + MHz

Access Icon Highly Visual

Highly Visual performances are those that are particularly enjoyable without the aid of hearing. These events are highly visual and contain few or no words.

Outdoor Shows

Friday 17 June

Mirage by Compagnie Dyptik – 18:00


Saturday 18 June

Across Centenary Square, Victoria Square and Chamberlain Square

Mirage by Compagnie Dyptik –  13:00 & 18:00

LOStheULTRAMAR by Foco alAire –  14:00

Step Hop House by Folk Dance Remixed – 13:00 & 16:40


Sunday 19 June

Across Centenary Square, Victoria Square and Chamberlain Square

Step Hop House by Folk Dance Remixed  – 13:00

LOStheULTRAMAR by Foco alAire –  14:00 & 16:30

Mirage by Compagnie Dyptik –  15:00


Thursday 23 June

Puzzle by Tentacle Tribe – 18:15


Friday 24 June

Across Centenary Square, Victoria Square and Chamberlain Square

Timeless by Joli Vyann – 13:30 & 18:50

How To Build A Universe by Extended Play – 14:15 & 17:00

Born to Protest by Just Us Dance Theatre –  17:35

Void by Company Chameleon – 16:35 & 18:45


Saturday 25 June

Across Centenary Square, Victoria Square and Chamberlain Square

Hippos by Zum-Zum Theatre – 12:45 & 16:25

Moon – The Scale by Company Barks – 12:45, 14:25 & 17:25

Look Mum, No Hands! by Daryl Beeton Productions & Mimbre –  13:25 & 17:05

BONDED by Alleyne Dance – 13:00 & 17:40

Timeless by Joli Vyann – 13:40 & 18:15

Void by Company Chameleon – 15:10

Puzzle by Tentacle Tribe – 15:30

Mind the Gap by Company Frunkai – 17:25


Sunday 26 June

Across Centenary Square, Victoria Square and Chamberlain Square

Hippos by Zum-Zum Theatre – 12:30 & 14:50

Look Mum, No Hands! by Daryl Beeton Productions & Mimbre –  12:55 & 15:30

BONDED by Alleyne Dance – 13:00 & 16:15

Moon – The Scale by Company Barks – 13:35 & 16:50

Moon – The Pantograph by Company Barks – 13;45 & 17:00

Jham! by Srishti – Nina Rajarani Dance Creations – 16:15

Mind the Gap by Company Frunkai – 17:40


Saturday 2 July

Handsworth Park

The Other Side by Ascencion Dance Company  – 13:05

PLI by Viktor Černický – 13:40 & 18:35

Forbidden Identity by Billy Read – 14:10

Where All Paths Lead by 2Faced Dance Company – 15:20


Sunday 3 July

Handsworth Park

PLI by Viktor Černický – 14:05

The Other Side by Ascencion Dance Company  – 15:10

Theatre Shows

Friday 24 June

Ghost by Tentacle Tribe – 20:00


Tuesday 28 June

Blood, Earth, Water by Kaha:wi Dance – 18:00


Wednesday 29 June

Blood, Earth, Water by Kaha:wi Dance – 19:00


Thursday 30 June

Bygones by Out Innerspace Theatre – 19:30

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Audio Description is live commentary relayed by a discreet portable headset by trained describers. This assistance can be helpful for people who are blind or partially sighted. Look out for this Audio Description logo in our brochure for shows that are audio described.

For indoor shows, this can service can be booked in advance via the Birmingham Hippodrome booking system.

For our outdoor sites, Audio Description will be available via portable headsets and there is no need to pre-book. Please let us know if you require this service on your arrival at our outdoor sites on the day. We ask that you please arrive 20 minutes before the scheduled performance for our outdoor sites to collect your headset.

We will have a dedicated access point on site that you can arrive at, in order to collect these. Further information about a headset collection point for relevant sites will be updated shortly.

Outdoor

Friday 17 June

Centenary Square

Hubbub Theatre – 18:30

SENSE by Critical Mass -19:30

Deaf Rave – 20:25


Saturday 18 June 

Across Centenary Square, Victoria Square and Chamberlain Square

Mirage by Compagnie Dyptik –  13:00

LOStheULTRAMAR by Foco alAire –  14:30

Step Hop House by Folk Dance Remixed – 16:40


Saturday 25 June 

Across Centenary Square, Victoria Square and Chamberlain Square

Moon – The Scale by Company Barks – 12:45

the album: skool edition by SAY – 13:10 & 16:50

Look Mum, No Hands! by Daryl Beeton Productions & Mimbre –  13:25

Black Victorians by Jeanefer Jean Charles –  14:25

Echoes by Cia Moveo – 16:30

Bonded by Alleyne Dance – 17:40

Timeless by Joli Vyann – 18:15

Blame Game by Crying Out Loud –  19:00

Born to Protest by Just Us Dance Theatre –  19:45

Come on Feet by granvat – 20:30


Saturday 2 July

Handsworth Park

the album: skool edition by SAY – 12:00 & 16:50

Mughal Miniatures by Sonia Sabri Dance Company – 12:15

The Other Side by Ascencion Dance Company  – 13:05

PLI by Viktor Černický – 13:40 & 18:35

Forbidden Identity by Billy Read – 14:10

Dandyism by Patrick Ziza Dance – 14:40 & 19:00

Where All Paths Lead by 2Faced Dance Company – 15:20

Black Victorians by Jeanefer Jean Charles – 15:55

DEVA by Urja Desai Thakore & Hetain Patel – 17:55

CROWD_CTRL by AndroidX & Megahertz – 19:25

Theatre

Thursday 24 June

Ghost by Tentacle Tribe – 20:00


Thursday 30 June

Bygones by Out Innerspace Dance Theatre – 19:30

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In order to broaden our access to our d/Deaf audiences, we have committed to providing British Sign Language interpreters every day of our free outdoor programme. Two interpreters will be with us each of the following days Friday 17 – Sun 19 June, Thurs 23 – Sun 26 June, Sat 2 – Sun 3 July. Our interpreters will work alongside our stage hosts to introduce the performances at our City Centre site and at Handsworth Park, North Birmingham.

These interpreters will also sign any performance where spoken word, text or lyrics are used and where appropriate.

We’re excited to be working with a range of Midlands-based interpreters.Including; Hyacinth Powell, Laura Miller, Liz Smith, Olivia Whitter, Selina Jacques

Outdoor Shows

Friday 17 June

Hubbub Theatre – 18:30

SENSE by Critical Mass -19:30

Deaf Rave – 20:25


Saturday 18 June

Across Centenary Square, Victoria Square and Chamberlain Square

Midlands Talent Centenary Square Takeover – 12:00

Raver Tots – 15:00

Folk Dance Remixed Workshop & Ceilidh – 17:25

Dancehall Through the Ages by Dancehall Origins – 18:00


Sunday 19 June

Across Centenary Square, Victoria Square and Chamberlain Square

Midlands Talent Centenary Square Takeover – 12:00

Mobilise by Fatt Projects – 14:00

Folk Dance Remixed Workshop & Ceilidh – 16:00


Thursday 23 June

KRE8! –  17:00

CROWD_CTRL by AndroidX & Megahertz – 20:30


Friday 24 June

Across Centenary Square, Victoria Square and Chamberlain Square

Black Victorians by Jeanefer Jean Charles – 15:30 & 17:55

Dandyism by Patrick Ziza Dance –  14:45 & 19:30

CROWD_CTRL by AndroidX & Megahertz – 17:00 &  20:00

DEVA by Urja Thakore & Hetain Patel – 18:15


Saturday 25 June

Across Centenary Square, Victoria Square and Chamberlain Square

DEVA by Urja Thakore & Hetain Patel – 12:00 & 15:55

Hippos by Zum-Zum Theatre – 12:45 & 16:25

the album: skool edition by SAY – 13:10 & 16:50

Black Victorians by Jeanefer Jean Charles –  14:25

Born to Protest by Just Us Dance Theatre –  15:15

Dandyism by Patrick Ziza Dance – 15:55

Blame Game by Crying Out Loud – 19:00

Come on Feet by granvat – 20:30


Sunday 26 June

Across Centenary Square, Victoria Square and Chamberlain Square

Hippos by Zum-Zum Theatre – 12:30

the album: skool edition by SAY – 13:35

Black Victorians by Jeanefer Jean Charles –  14:05 & 17:00

Echoes by Cia Moveo – 15:05


Saturday 2 July

Handsworth Park

the album: skool edition by SAY – 12:00 & 16:50

Dandyism by Patrick Ziza Dance – 14:40 & 19:00

Black Victorians by Jeanefer Jean Charles – 15:55

CROWD_CTRL by Android X & MHz – 19:25


Sunday 3 July

Handsworth Park

Hippos by Zum-Zum Theatre – 12:00 & 14:45

the album: skool edition by SAY – 12:25

Where all Paths Lead by 2Faced Dance Company – 13:30

Black Victorians by Jeanefer Jean Charles – 15:25

Dandyism by Patrick Ziza Dance – 17:15

CROWD_CTRL by Android X & MHz – 18:10

In Conversation Events

Wednesday 29 June

CommonTalk In-person edition – 14:00

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Captioning converts the spoken word into text that provides Deaf people or those with hearing impairments access to any audio used within a live performance. In captioning, the words appear on a screen at the same time as they are sung or spoken. Captions also include sound effects and offstage noises.

 

 

Theatre Shows

Saturday 2 July

Mailles by Compagnie Kadidi

Screendance

17 June – 3 July

International Screendance Programme

Midlands Made Programme

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