Birmingham International Dance Festival (BIDF) is an award-winning biennial festival presenting a vibrant programme of international dance in venues and public spaces across Birmingham; creates distinctive new work; builds audiences, and engages communities in stimulating participatory activity.
BIDF 2018 took place across the city from 1-24 June. Please visit bidf.co.uk to get a flavour of the 2018 programme.
Since its beginnings in 2008, BIDF has played a vital role in putting dance centre stage in Birmingham and has become a powerful cultural asset for the city.
BIDF 2018 capitalised on the success of past editions. With a refreshed and refocused vision and curatorial voice, it reflected the current and new and looked to the future, presenting work that explored choreographic practice at its best and pushed the boundaries of dance as a contemporary art form.
BIDF is unique in its variety of programming areas, from the bold and exciting outdoor and theatre programme to stimulating debates for arts professionals. Our aim is to grow its reputation and significance, nationally and internationally, as a place where the best of international and national dance is presented, and change and development happen.
BIDF provides a platform for engagement with a wide range of audiences and participants. In 2018, we extended and deepened this engagement, inspiring local people, connecting with less engaged audience segments, and attracting new audiences to the city.
Our ambition is to strengthen the impact of the festival for the dance sector, the city, and for our young and diverse communities – connecting people with great dance, creating a vital space for artistic dialogue and exchange, and promoting Birmingham as a global dance city.
BIDF 18 was produced by DanceXchange