For four weeks in April/May 2010, IDFB brought a remarkable line-up of international dance to theatres, streets and city spaces across Birmingham and the West Midlands.
This, our second Festival, demonstrated that dance could be performed just about anywhere. From a four-week run of outstanding dance at Birmingham Hippodrome to (in)visible dancin’, two weeks of quirky performances on High Street in Birmingham city centre, there was an amazing buzz as show after show delivered memorable and meaningful days and nights out.
Building on the success of the inaugural Festival in 2008, IDFB 2010 delivered a bigger, more distinctive programme, producing more performances and participatory events and doubling audiences and participation. It engaged more people from across the West Midlands – including many who do not usually connect with the arts – and attracted increased numbers of visitors, raising the profile of Birmingham and generating deeper social, economic and cultural impact. In recognition of these achievements, IDFB 2010 won Best Event of the Year at the Heart of England Excellence in Tourism Awards 2010.
To find out more about IDFB 2010, you can read the IDFB 2010 programme brochure, share some of our Festival highlights in the IDFB 2010 Advocacy Report or simply dip into some of the films and images in our archive, which provide a flavour of the rich and diverse work on offer.