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22 – 25 June 2022

As part of Birmingham International Dance Festival 2022

An exciting programme designed to celebrate UK-based dance artists that bring life and joy to outdoor places. Hosted online and in Birmingham, the Outdoor Dance Showcase provides a platform for national and international promoters to connect and build meaningful relationships with a curated selection of outdoor dance artists looking to tour their work beyond borders.


  • The artistic programme for the Outdoor Dance Showcase weekend includes 20+ companies, with six UK 2022 premieres, and a rich programme of both UK and international shows from Canada, Spain, France and Belgium
  • A hybrid professional programme including pitching sessions, panel discussions and networking opportunities, both in-person and online using the interactive Swapcard** platform
  • An opportunity to meet international presenters, industry professionals and exciting artists
  • Time to rebuild connections as well as make new contacts and expand your networks, in the context of a flagship event for dance in the public space
  • See our curated collection of some of the most exciting outdoor work available for touring by English dance artists in our pitching event. National and international delegates can consult the Artist Pitching Event page to find out more about the artists pitching.

Live performances, pitching sessions, informal networking opportunities and panel discussions: the Outdoor Dance Showcase creates spaces to foster fruitful international collaboration.

Artistic Programme

Amongst others, the showcase will include the following shows:

Professional Programme

Wednesday 22 June – online on Swapcard**

Thursday 23 June – in person, Birmingham

  • Opening shows in Centenary Square as part of BIDF
  • Welcome drinks
  • 5.30pm onwards: Outdoor Programme in the city centre
  • Optional – 7.30pm: On Your Marks by Birmingham Royal Ballet, Birmingham Hippodrome (more info and tickets – please note that these tickets are not included in the showcase)

Friday 24 June – in person, Birmingham

Saturday 25 June – in person, Birmingham


Tickets are FREE but booking is required.

Registration closes Sunday 19 June

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**Swapcard is an enhanced online event platform that offers a wealth of opportunities for attendees and presenters to connect with each other and access useful resources.

Shaped and delivered by XTRAX, FABRIC ( Dance4 & DanceXchange together). The Outdoor Dance Showcase is presented as part of BIDF 2022 and is supported by Arts Council England.

For a flavour of what the Showcase will offer, see below for our event from last year.

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