Outdoor Dance Showcase 2022

Part of Birmingham International Dance Festival 2022
  • Dates: Wednesday 22 – Saturday 25 June 2022, Birmingham and online

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Birmingham International Dance Festival (BIDF 2022), the largest dance festival in the UK, returned this summer to present the very best of international dance and inspiring choreography from 17 June to 3 July. Birmingham’s signature festival has the city’s citizens firmly at its heart, celebrating diversity and togetherness.   

Shaped and delivered by XTRAX and FABRIC (Dance4 & DanceXchange together*) as part of BIDF 2022, the Outdoor Dance Showcase (22-25 June) presented an exciting programme celebrating UK-based dance artists who bring life and joy to outdoor places. It provided a platform for national and international promoters to connect and build meaningful relationships with a curated selection of outdoor dance artists looking to tour their work beyond borders.

With live performances, pitching sessions, informal networking opportunities and panel discussions, the Outdoor Dance Showcase created spaces to foster fruitful international collaboration.



  • The artistic programme for the Outdoor Dance Showcase weekend includes 20+ companies, with six UK 2022 premieres, and a rich programme of both UK and international shows from Canada, Spain, France and Belgium
  • A hybrid professional programme including pitching sessions, panel discussions and networking opportunities, both in-person and online using the interactive Swapcard** platform
  • An opportunity to meet international presenters, industry professionals and exciting artists 
  • Time to rebuild connections as well as make new contacts and expand your networks, in the context of a flagship event for dance in the public space 
  • A curated collection of some of the most exciting outdoor work available for touring by English dance artists in our pitching event.


*DanceXchange and Dance4 are coming together in a formal merger, building on the strengths of the two successful organisations. The two organisations are combining their complementary knowledge, skills and expertise in dynamic, expansive programmes, to form a new, single, strategic organisation, FABRIC. Jointly, Dance4 and DanceXchange can be more ambitious for dance made, produced and nurtured in the Midlands. FABRIC’s vision is to inspire people through dance, transforming lives, communities and places. fabric.dance

**Swapcard is an enhanced online event platform that offers a wealth of opportunities for attendees and presenters to connect with each other and access useful resources.


Shaped and delivered by XTRAX and FABRIC, the Outdoor Dance Showcase is presented as part of BIDF 2022 and is supported by Arts Council England. www.bidf.co.uk


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Image credit: Black Victorians by Jeanefer Jean Charles at BIDF 2019 © BIDF

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For more information about the Outdoor Dance Showcase 2022, contact: Irene Segura at irene@xtrax.org.uk


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