The Big Idea

Call Out – Without Walls 

International Dance Festival Birmingham (IDFB) is proud to announce a new partnership with Without Walls for our next Big Idea – a co-commission between Without Walls and IDFB to develop a new large scale dance project that will be presented at the next IDFB  1-24 June 2018, as well as touring to Without Walls festivals.

Find out more about the Without Walls  new Open Call inviting artists and companies to request support for the creation and touring of new outdoor work by visiting here and discover details on how to submit your proposal.   New projects supported by Without Walls and IDFB must be available for presentation in IDFB between 1-24 June 2018

The Deadline for submissions is 17.00 on 5 September 2017.

The Big Idea 18

The Big Idea strand presents an opportunity for artists to push their practice, making work that will surprise, excite and entertain, that can be adapted to different spaces and that builds audiences. It also raises artists’ profile and opens up the potential for future touring. Since our first festival in 2008, we have worked to achieve a breadth, scale and reach that extends beyond a traditional dance and theatre audience to the broadest possible public.

Programming Priorities:

IDFB theme for 2018 will look to the Future – diverse, imaginative, technologically advanced and colourfully optimistic. IDFB is particularly interested in work which challenges traditions of dance as well as work which crosses movement based and dance disciplines. As well as high impact, entertaining and accessible work to 100+ people per performance.










The Big Idea 17

The Big Idea 17, is a new commission destined to be premiered at this autumn’s Birmingham Weekender Festival 2017 and go on to be performed at next year’s International Dance Festival Birmingham (IDFB).

The Big Idea 17 was exclusively for dance artists working in the Midlands to submit the concept of a new production to be co-commissioned by IDFB and Birmingham Weekender and produced by DanceXchange.

The chosen commissions were:

Modern Warrior by Rosie Kay Dance Company

Moon by 2Faced Dance Company