A summer of outdoor arts showcases at major UK festivals







XTRAX is organising two showcase events in association with two UK festivals, where we will be offering both an in person and an online programme.

XTRAX showcases are designed to support professionals working in all areas of the outdoor arts and facilitate meeting and networking; help artists and practitioners building contacts that can contribute to the development and touring of their work; enable festival producers, presenters and others involved in outdoor arts to see shows that they may want to present or support.

2020 and 2021 saw us moving our showcase activity online, as our festivals could not proceed as planned, and international travel was not possible.

This summer, we are delighted to be taking some of this learning into our projects.

We are collaborating with two major UK festivals, creating friendly and welcoming events, with opportunities for delegates to see great new work, discuss issues of importance to our sector and build networks in the UK, Europe and beyond.

We have a small budget to pay for hotel accommodation for festival programmers and bookers from outside of the UK to visit the festivals in person.

If you would like more information, please contact one of our international team who will be happy to answer any questions in the following languages:



Birmingham International Dance Festival (BIDF)

Outdoor Dance Showcase: 22-25 June

Wednesday 22 June: online programme including nine pitches about new work with a virtual panel discussion and networking opportunities

Thursday 23 – Saturday 25 June: live festival and in person events in Birmingham

This is a unique opportunity to see some of the best outdoor dance, featuring new and established work in Birmingham City Centre.

Live programme highlights include:

  • An artistic programme of 20+ companies13 UK shows (including 6 premieres) 7 international shows from Canada, Spain, France, and Belgium
  • Receptions and networking events
  • Panel discussions

Companies include: Company Chameleon (UK) AndroidX & MHz (UK), Extended Play (UK), Patrick Ziza (UK), Joli Vyann (UK), Just Us Dance (UK), Jeanefer Jean Charles (UK), Alleyne Dance (UK), Kundle Crew & Crying Out Loud (UK), Tentacle Tribe (CAN), Company Furinkai (FR), Zum Zum (SP), Company Moveo (SP), and Granvat & Quan Bui Ngoc (BE) and many more.


For Programmers and Presenters from outside the UK we can offer 2-3 nights of hotel accommodation in Birmingham with a possibility of a contribution to travel costs for those who need it. Allocations will be assessed on a first come first served basis, please contact George Soave george@xtrax.org.uk no later than Monday 13 June.

Travel information: https://xtrax.org.uk/project/outdoor-dance-showcase-2022/


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Stockton International Riverside Festival (SIRF)

XTRAX/SIRF 2022 Outdoor Arts Showcase: 3-7 August

Wednesday 3 August: Online programme including 14 artists pitching their work, with a virtual panel discussion and networking opportunities

Thursday 4 – Sunday 7 August: live festival and in person events in Stockton-on-Tees


Live programme highlights include:

  • Opening show Thursday 4 August – Tawa –  the much anticipated new show from French company Gratte Ciel  http://cie-gratteciel.com/les-spectacles/totem/
  • Over 35 shows from UK and international companies including Joli Vyan, Whalley Range All Stars, Strong Lady, Miss High Leg Kick, Darryl Beeton and Mimbre, Just More Productions, Desperate Men, AoE, Bash Street, Theatre Temoin, Frolicked, Damae Dance, Altered States, Kapow, Lives of Clay, Gobbledegook, Avanti, Mathew Harrison, Lieux Publics, Pangottic, Dulce Duca and more
  • Closing spectacle to be announced
  • Panel discussions, receptions, and networking events


For programmers outside of UK we are pleased to offer you hotel accommodation for the nights of Thursday 4 – Sunday 7 August. Please contact Daniel Teixeira daniel@xtrax.org.uk

(NB Edinburgh Festival fringe runs on 5-28 August and is just a 2hr 30 min train from Stockton)


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Image credits: Vanhulle Dance Theatre, Dovetail – ©MickaelMarsoRiviere