Navadisha 2016 launch at the Crescent, Birmingham







Navadisha 2016 launch at the Crescent, Birmingham







Navadisha 2016 opening performanceby Vidya Patel
and Connor Scott







Navadisha 2016 keynote speakers. Akram Khan, Shobana Jeyasingh and Mavin Khoo







Felicitating Naseem Khan







Navadisha 2016 felicitating Pratap Pawar, Pushkala Gopal and Nahid Siddiqui

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Friday 20 – Sunday 22 May 2016 | mac Birmingham

Navadisha 2016 is trailblazing conference that seeks to stimulate, steer and secure the future of South Asian Dance as part of UK’s ever growing dance landscape!

Produced by New Dimensions Arts Management in partnership with Sampad Arts, the three day conference will pose questions that are crucial for South Asian dance today, as it celebrates breakthrough achievements and exciting developments in and around the sector during the fifteen years since Navadisha 2000. On the 40th anniversary of Naseem Khan’s ground-breaking report ‘The Arts Britain Ignores’, Navadisha 2016 will fire up debate about the state and status of South Asian dance in Britain’s cultural cosmos, and the changing nature of its dance audiences; it will also uncover new talent, new models of excellence and new ways of working with dance in all its many avatars.

The event is aimed at young & established dance-practitioners | dance teachers | dance students | academics | dance agencies | programmers | venues | promoters | investors | policy-makers & all those with interest in South Asian dance.

Besides panel discussions & debate, there will be showcases, performances, film & exhibition, provision of a market place for ‘pitching’ opportunities to potential promoters & investors & networking opportunities at the venue. The programme will artistically provoke dialogue on pertinent & contemporary issues impacting South Asian dance creation & distribution, demonstrate models of excellence & how our dance artists have to continue to be multifaceted & innovative.

Navadisha 2016 will feature: keynote speeches by Akram Khan, Shobana Jeyasingh and Mavin Khoo

The conference will share impressive visions and aspirations of dancers currently inscribing their imprint on dance and advocacy for South Asian dance; Showcase of new work by UK’s South Asian performer and choreographers, Opportunities in Outdoor Arts from genre innovators and successful Outdoor Arts leaders, curated by Akademi; Training dancers for a new future led by the ISTD and Centre for Advanced Dance Training, joined by regional dance providers; ISTD mock examination demo for teachers, sharing by ISTD students, Nurturing the Young Professionals, Artistic training, development, & mentoring, career progressing schemes by leading organisations, Business of Dance by successful entrepreneur and creative producer Farooq Chaudhury, Audience Development from venue and promoter’s perspective, International collaborations; Inspiring sessions on Dance & Health and much more!

Navadisha 2016 will proudly felicitate Naseem Khan and her historic contribution to the diverse arts & cultural agenda and policy in the country, and honour senior dance gurus Pratap PawarNahid Siddiqui, and Pushkala Gopal, who have, in turn, inspired and imprinted upon generations of students, dancers, teachers, and the very story of South Asian dance in the UK.

As part of Navadisha’s partnership with International Dance Festival Birmingham (IDFB 2016), the Festival has specially programmed a weekend of South Asian dance by international artists:

19 May
Sujata & Preetisha Mohapatra & Shijith Nambiar/Parvathy Menon (India)
at Crescent Theatre

20 May
Aakash Odedra Echoes & Sanjukta Sinha Incede (UK/India)
The Patrick Centre

21 May
Hembharathy Palani Trikonanga & Twine & Subhash Viman Morphed (India/UK)
at The Patrick Centre

22 May
Celebratory finale performance by Ankh Dance, Bolly Flex, Chitraleka Dance Company, Srishti – Nina Rajarani Dance Creations, Sooraj Subramaniam (Belgium), Sujit Vaidya (Canada) & Sonia Sabri Company
at mac birmingham

‘Navadisha’ means ‘New Directions’ in Sanskrit. The inspiration for Navadisha 2016 comes from Sampad’s seminal conference Navadisha 2000, which stormed the sector 15 years ago. As we affirm and applaud with pride how much our dancers and dance companies have achieved in the last fifteen years, Navadisha 2016 will even more vigilantly explore evolving opportunities & challenges for South Asian dance today; celebrate its vitality & diversity, and chart inspiring, new directions for a vibrant and shared future.

Legacy will be an important part of the conference, with a focus on documentation of ideas and outcomes that will emerge from the discussions!

Be a part of this exciting and momentous conference!