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.
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 is produced by DanceXchange, enabling the organisations to take their work to a new level and to be ever more ambitious in their dance programming, commissioning, production, collaboration, and public engagement.
Our fifth festival took over the city with dance at some of the city’s finest venues, complemented by a huge programme of free dance performances in…
Our fourth festival showcased some of the finest dance from across the globe, hosting four weeks of world premieres and unique collaborations.
The third IDFB cemented the festival’s reputation as one of the biggest and most varied dance festivals in Europe.
The second edition of IDFB proved that dance could be performed just about anywhere.
The inaugural International Dance Festival Birmingham took place in 2008, establishing the trademark IDFB blend of innovative new productions and the best of the world’s dance companies.
At its heart, International Dance Festival Birmingham has a world-class programme of performances in theatres, featuring a number of premieres and unique performances.
A key aspect of International Dance Festival Birmingham has always been the festival’s programme of participation. Since the first festival in 2008 IDFB has created innovative ways for everybody, regardless of age or ability to be part of the action.
International Dance Festival Birmingham is known throughout the world for its approach to production, which sees the festival creating brand new work for theatres and outdoor spaces across the city, many of which go on to tour internationally.
IDFB is about so much more than dance. Our festival inspires local people, brings our city to life, attracts visitors from the UK and overseas, contributes to health and well-being and generates £5.6 m of economic activity. Help us make an impact.
Corporate sponsorship helps secure the festival as an important fixture in the UK's cultural calendar.