Produced by DanceXchange, the award winning BIDF (Birmingham International Dance Festival) is one of the world’s most exciting and diverse dance festivals. Every two years, we bring the theatres, streets and squares of Birmingham alive with a month of the best international dance and movement.


BIDF 2018

BIDF 2018 will run from 1-24 June 2018.  Our new website to promote the festival will be live in the next few weeks. and will be the place to find the latest news and what’s coming up as we build to the festival.

BIDF (formerly known as International Dance Festival Birmingham) is Birmingham’s signature festival.  BIDF 2018 will be our sixth festival.  To get a flavour of what is on offer take a look at some of the work in the previous festivals.

BIDF is known for:

Outstanding international dance / We give everybody chance to see outstanding international dance and many different dance forms. Our dancers and artists animate indoor and outdoor venues across the city. But it’s not just about enjoying dance in unusual spaces and places. BIDF workshops and projects give people the chance to take part in different forms of dance.

New work and fresh opportunities / We always make new work for each BIDF. This generally involves work for outdoor spaces, and presenting touring work in theatres. Our festival provides great opportunities for collaboration, which is a major attraction for UK and international artists and companies.

Creating an impact / For artists and dancers, BIDF can have long-lasting career benefits. By bringing them together with fellow creatives, we spark off collaborations that lead to new and distinctive work.

We’re proud that BIDF puts Birmingham on the map as a dance and cultural destination. By bringing in talent and tourists, we help support the local economy too.

Creating this balance helps us to build loyal audiences who trust and value our artistic judgement. We want people to look forward to every new season we put on.

Clare Lewis, Executive Director

See you there.


BIDF 2018 is funded by Arts Council England, Birmingham City Council, and Dance Hub Birmingham.