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BIDF is produced by DanceXchange. 

Please visit to find out all about our 2022 Festival.

Since its beginnings in 2008, BIDF has played a vital role in putting dance centre stage in Birmingham and has become a powerful cultural asset for the city.

BIDF is unique in its variety of programming areas, from the bold and exciting outdoor and theatre programme to stimulating debates for arts professionals. Our aim is to grow its reputation and significance, nationally and internationally, as a place where the best of international and national dance is presented, and change and development happen.

BIDF provides a platform for engagement with a wide range of audiences and participants, inspiring local people, connecting with less engaged audience segments, and attracting new audiences to the city.

Our ambition is to strengthen the impact of the festival for the dance sector, the city, and for our young and diverse communities – connecting people with great dance, creating vital space for artistic dialogue and exchange, and promoting Birmingham as a global dance city.

The 2020 edition of BIDF was postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic. In 2021, the festival returned in a unique format with summer and autumn editions, presenting an incredible opportunity to connect people across borders and cultures in a joyful, inspiring, celebration of dance and togetherness.

BIDF 2022 17 June – 3 July

We will be back presenting the very best of international dance and inspiring choreography.  The city centre will be transformed into a dynamic performance hub, and there will be a full programme in theatres and galleries plus an exciting lineup of shows and workshops taking dance to the heart of local communities.  

Featuring international collaborations and performances by artists and companies in the forefront of contemporary practice from Commonwealth nations, BIDF will cement Birmingham’s reputation as a global dance destination.  

Locations will include: City Centre – Centenary Square, Victoria Square, Chamberlain Square and Brindley Place.  Midlands Arts Centre, Handsworth Park, Birmingham Hippodrome, The Patrick Studio …  and more to be announced 

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