Produced by DanceXchange and Birmingham Hippodrome, International Dance Festival Birmingham (also known as IDFB) is a major biennial festival that presents a world-class programme of performance and participation in theatres and public spaces across Birmingham and the West Midlands.
Our festival is unique in its diversity and internationalism, programming exceptional dance from around the globe, fostering new collaborations with international choreographers and artists, and producing innovative participatory projects for people of all ages. It is the West Midlands’ biggest festival and, after just two editions in 2008 and 2010, is already one of the largest dance festivals in the world.
Through the outstanding quality of its work, the partnerships that support it, and its ability to foster collaboration, IDFB capitalises on and brings worldwide attention to the wealth of arts organisations and venues in Birmingham, and to the rich dance scene in the West Midlands.
IDFB benefits from the combined strengths and expertise of DanceXchange and Birmingham Hippodrome, and enables both partners to take their work to a new level and to be ever more ambitious in their dance programming, commissioning, production, collaboration, and public engagement.
IDFB is also an integral part of the West Midlands Culture Programme for 2012, and the forthcoming festival is ideally timed, presenting an incredible opportunity to connect people with the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games through dance.
Building on the successes of 2008 and 2010, this year’s festival will be even more distinctive, engaging more deeply with people from Birmingham and the West Midlands, working with new partners, attracting more visitors from across the UK and beyond, and benefiting the local economy.
Retaining its strong international focus, IDFB 2012 will celebrate artistic excellence, promote artistic exchange, and express the youthful, diverse and energetic spirit of Birmingham. It will animate the city and capture the imagination, enabling audiences to see a vast array of stimulating international work that would otherwise be out of reach, and introducing people of all ages to healthy dance activity through exciting participatory events.
Through four weeks of breathtaking international dance, IDFB will inspire local pride and play a powerful role in celebrating Birmingham as a world centre of dance, and a diverse, vibrant and dynamic creative city.
We hope you enjoy our action-packed programme!