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Grounded flights won’t halt the dancing

Subscribe to RSS RSSMonday, 19th April, 2010

The current disruption to flights across Europe due to the volcanic ash cloud will not stop the second International Dance Festival Birmingham launching today (Monday 19 April) as planned.

The launch will be going ahead in Brindleyplace today at 12:30pm as scheduled, and all other performances are so far unaffected by the flight cancellations. Many of the major dance companies such as Mark Morris and Ballet Nacional de Cuba are already in the UK on tour, and dancers for the big outdoor spectacular Utopia over May Day Bank Holiday flew in just before the disruptions started.

Alternative travel arrangements have been made for one or two other artists and travel plans are constantly being reviewed as the news is updated regarding the disruptions, which have been caused by the eruption of a volcano in Iceland. Festival organisers DanceXchange and Birmingham Hippodrome expect the festival to remain relatively unaffected.

David Massingham, Artistic Director of DanceXchange and Co-Artistic Director of the Festival said: “Luckily many of our dancers are already in the country, so we have only had to change travel arrangements in a couple of cases. Currently all of our performances are going ahead as planned, and we will continue to review and respond to the situation as necessary.”

Any announcements regarding this issue will be made via the festival website, so people should log onto for updates.

Produced by DanceXchange and Birmingham Hippodrome, IDFB 2010 is one of the world’s largest dance festivals. Representing over 20 countries from six continents, the festival will feature over 70 performances, as well as a number of free public events and plenty of chances for people to get involved.

The Festival is funded by Advantage West Midlands, Arts Council England West Midlands and Birmingham City Council, with sponsorship from investment managers Brewin Dolphin. IDFB 2010 is also working in partnership with the West Midlands Culture Programme for London 2012.


For all press enquiries, please contact: Emily Malcolm, Press Manager for IDFB on 0121 689 1082 or