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Published on: Thursday May 27, 2021

We are so excited to share our amazing programme for the all-digital BIDF summer edition from 3-13 June.

Enjoy the very best screendance work from the West Midlands, the UK and across the globe, plus a host of workshops and activities for the public to enjoy, Birmingham’s signature festival presents an incredible opportunity to connect people in a joyful, inspiring, celebration of dance and togetherness.

Produced by DanceXchange and screened via a new viewer-friendly platform BIDF TV, the festival runs from 3 – 13 June with most of the screenings available free of charge. 

See the full programme here

Chottoxenos Kennedy©jeanlouisfernandez
Kennedy in Chotto Xenos Photo by ©Jean Louis Fernandez


Highlights include:

  • the online World Premiere of newly commissioned dance film Chotto Xenos from Akram Khan Company. Sneak a peek at their new trailer here.
  • Birmingham Royal Ballet’s new short film The Burning Building by Javier de Frutos, plus the first screening of City of a Thousand Trades, which will receive its live World Premiere, just before broadcast, at Birmingham Repertory Theatre.
  • Testament by Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, a tribute to Alvin Ailey’s masterpiece Revelations, presented in partnership with the Dance Consortium.
  • the World Premiere of region-wide youth participation dance and digital project, Beyond Borders.
  • new screendance commissions and an exciting series of Midlands Made films.
  • four rich and varied series of international and UK screendance presentations including a collaboration with Flatpack Festival as part of their Screendance Award supported by DanceXchange.


BIDF autumn edition, 21 September – 3 October, will be live with an extensive outdoor programme.

Lucie Mirkova, Head of Artistic Programmes at DanceXchange and Curator of BIDF says:

It has been a fantastic experience working on a fully digital programme for the summer edition of BIDF with the aim of bringing a great range of inspiring dance experiences to our audiences. We have connected with artists from all over the world and explored the remarkable creativity in the genre of screendance. We have offered new commissions for dance artists to explore new innovative ways to create and present content in the online space.”

“We are thrilled to provide a window into the world of digital dance and share the many timely and important stories and different perspectives on the world we are living in. From Birmingham to the world and back in one online space of BIDF TV, our new digital platform.


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