IDFB 2016


IDFB is a signature festival for Birmingham and a highlight of the city’s cultural calendar – bringing people together, providing new experiences, attracting visitors, and contributing to the local economy.

Produced by DanceXchange in partnership with Birmingham Hippodrome, International Dance Festival Birmingham (also known as IDFB) is a major biennial festival that presents a world-class programme of performance and participation in theatres and public spaces across Birmingham and the West Midlands.

IDFB 2016 is the fifth edition, set to take place over three weeks, from 1-22 May 2016 across Birmingham and will feature:

  • an impressive range of world-class dance performances from ballet to contemporary to physical theatre hip hop to flamenco and circus at Birmingham Hippodrome, The Patrick Centre, The Rep and The Crescent, as well as further afield at Warwick Arts Centre.
  • Free outdoor performances – including the large-scale spectacular event, The Machine Show, in Centenary Square from 11-14 May, as part of Centenary Square LIVE NIGHTS, plus three dynamic performances popping up in various outdoor spaces throughout the festival, entertaining shoppers, attracting visitors, and creating a buzz on the city streets. Centenary Square LIVE NIGHTS will also include wraparound entertainment and food stalls.
  • A dedicated festival hub – for the first time, in 2016, there will be a central meeting place and hive of activity housed in Birmingham’s iconic Municipal Bank building on Broad Street.
  • Social dance events in a host of styles including: Bhangra, Bollywood, Swing, Lindy-Hop, Jazz, Jive and Flamenco – and lots of opportunities for people to take part.
  • Dance industry events including The Bench Conference and Navadisha 2016.

IDFB is funded by Arts Council England and Birmingham City Council

Full programming details available here: IDFB 2016 What’s On

In collaboration with Navadisha 2016, this year’s IDFB festival has programmed special South Asian Dance weekend from 19 – 21 May, featuring international and UK based artists.


Thursday, 19 May – 7.30pm (Crescent Theatre)

Featuring Sujata & Preetisha Mohapatra (India) & Shijith Nambiar/Parvathy Menon (India)


Friday, 20 May – 8.00pm (Patrick Centre)

Featuring Aakash Odedra Company (UK) & IceCraft / Sanjukta Sinha (India)


Saturday, 21 May – 6.00pm (Patrick Centre)

Featuring Hemabharathy Palani (India) & Subash Viman (UK)