As part of this year’s programme, we have an exciting series of events and masterclasses suited for professionals, dance students, teachers and practitioners.
Our events include UK and international artists and companies sharing their experiences, knowledge and expertise.
Talks & Events
Fri 17 Jun – Sun 3 Jul | Free
Part of a specially curated discussion panel series. Taking inspiration from the Commonwealth Games hosted in the city of Birmingham, CommonTalk Digital is one of two panels featuring dance artists hailing from the UK and Commonwealth countries. Conversations will be open and honest and centre around what influence the UK’s colonialist history has had on their identity, practice, and artistry.
The film will be available online for the duration of the festival.
Wed 22 Jun, 13:00 – 15:00 | £10 / £15
A day for dance teachers, practitioners and artists to learn new skills, enhance their teaching knowledge and connect with others from across the UK. Open to those practising Folk, Bollywood and all South Asian Dance Styles.
- Book for £15 and get a ticket to see BIDF’s performance Desiring God by Mavin Khoo & Akshay Sharma
Wed 22 Jun – Sat 25 Jun | Free (booking required)
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.
Wed 29 Jun, 14:00 – 16:00 | Free (booking required)
The second panel as part of the CommonTalk series, the live discussion will feature Wanjiku Nyachae (UK) – Moderator, Shane Shambu (UK), Santee Smith (Canada) – who will be performing a solo work Blood, Earth, Water as part of BIDF.
CommonTalk Digital will be screened at 4pm
Sat 19 Jun, 13:00 | Free (booking required)
A bespoke workshop created to learn from leading inclusive dance artists (Anjali Dance Company). This workshop will offer you the chance to explore your creativity and learn new and challenging skills in a safe and supportive environment. It will focus on the themes directly explored in the professional duet.
Tue 21, Thurs 23, Tue 28 & Thurs 30, 10:00 – 11:30 | £8
In partnership with Brum Pro Class, a series of professional masterclasses delivered by the festival’s visiting artists. All classes will take place at DanceXchange Studios.
- Tuesday 21 – Mickael ‘Marso’ Riviere (UK)
- Thursday 23 – Tentacle Tribe (Canada)
- Tuesday 28 – Out Innerspace Dance Theatre (Canada)
- Thursday 30 – Nii Kawerty Owoo (UK)
Wed 22 Jun, 14:00 – 18:30 | Free (booking required)
A Black British Ballet project in partnership with Ballet Soul and Birmingham Royal Ballet will deliver a series of FREE ballet workshops delivered by Ballet Soul Artistic Director Ben Love for professional dancers and dance students. Plus a Q&A session with Ben Love and Dr Sandie Bourne of the Black British Ballet project.
Fri 24 Jun, 10:00 – 16:30 | £10
A bespoke day created for aspiring young people to learn from leading dance artists and facilitators. Get an introduction and dive into the professional dance industry with insights from international artists and companies including a masterclass with Cie Furinkaï from France and a producing workshop with the University of East London.