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Published on: Thursday April 29, 2021
Birmingham International Dance Festival (BIDF), is back with a unique offer for 2021


Online BIDFTV:  3 – 13 June

Live Outdoors: 21 September – 3 October


On #InternationalDanceDay, we are thrilled to be able to announce news of the return of the city’s signature festival, dedicated to celebrating, sharing and shining a light on the region’s amazing dance offer, offering an incredible opportunity to connect people in a joyful, inspiring, celebration of dance and togetherness.

Produced by DanceXchange, the exciting two-part festival brings an entirely new dimension to BIDF, with an online summer edition from 3-13 June featuring new film world premieres and digital screendance commissions, followed by an autumn edition, 21 September – 3 October, featuring a live outdoor programme.

In collaboration with ZOO, which pioneered online presentations at last year’s Edinburgh Festival, BIDF is launching a new online platform BIDF TV as the ‘venue’ for the digital summer edition of the festival.

Chottoxenos Kennedy©jeanlouisfernandez
Chotto Xenos by Akram Khan Company  Pic: ©jeanlouisfernandez


The full programme featuring new screendance commissions, workshops, dance classes and panel discussions will be announced in May and includes:

  • the online World Premiere of newly commissioned dance film Chotto Xenos from Akram Khan Company.
  • Birmingham Royal Ballet’s new short film The Burning Building by Javier de Frutos, plus the first screening of City of a Thousand Trades, choreographed by Miguel Altunaga, which will receive its live World Premiere, just before broadcast, at Birmingham Repertory Theatre.
  • the World Premiere of region-wide youth participation dance and digital project, Beyond Borders, led by DanceXchange, the West Midlands Dance Development Leaders Group and Arts Connect.
  • a screendance showcase curated in collaboration with Flatpack Film Festival.
  • Midlands Made screendance programme featuring World Premieres of two major new films, produced by The Motion Dance Collective:  Don’t Play with L(Kn)ives by Brooke Milliner and  Anywhere’s A Dance Floor, a new collaboration between choreographer Jason Guest and drag artist and cultural producer Fatt Butcher.


The summer edition of BIDF will also host an impressive programme for dance professionals from across the world and features Outdoor Dance Collection 2021 (ODC21).

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