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Subscribe to RSS RSSSunday, 18th April, 2010

With the International Dance Festival Birmingham getting underway tomorrow (April 19) here are some free events and dates for your diary

Dancing the Waterways, Monday 19 April – Saturday 8 May (various locations)
The route will take in Birmingham, Wolverhampton and Brewood before returning through Wolverhampton finishing back in Birmingham on 8 May.

United Colours of Dance, Monday 19 April (various locations)Billed as ‘an extravaganza of folk dance coming to a town near you!’ Performances and workshops will be taking place around the West Midlands featuring dance from Russia, India, Spain and Africa.

Election Debate: Dancing on Thin Ice, Tuesday 20 April (The Patrick Centre)
Ed Vaizey and Sion Simon will be amongst the panelists discussing the future of public investment in the creative industries.

Waves, Thursday 22 April – Wednesday 5 May, outside Birmingham Hippodrome
A kinetic light installation that you can come and play with when the sun goes down.

Outdoor Tai Chi, Monday 26 April at 2pm (The Arcadian)
Take a break from work and enjoy 40 minutes of mental and physical tranquillity using a series of slow, controlled movements, building up strength, balance, posture and calm. This will led by Sifu Yan Long Jiang (assisted by James Lanyon).

Dancing Under Crossfire, Thursday 29 April 6pm-6.20pm (Birmingham Hippodrome, Pinsent Masons Suite)
This film portrays the birth of the dance group Iraqi Bodies and its humanistic ambitions in times of war and sectarian strife.

UTOPIA, Saturday 1 May – Monday 3 May (Victoria Square)
This is a big one. Directed by Arthur Pita and described as “a global multi-stage dance spectacular”, contemporary dancers will form a brand new dance company collective alongside Russian, Spanish, Indian and African folk dance groups, all moving to the turbo-folk Gypsy and Balkan beats of Birmingham’s very own band The Destroyers.
There’ll be five chances to catch it so make sure you do!

Put Your Foot Down, Saturday 15 May (St Martin’s Square, Bullring)
Celebrating the last day of IDFB 2010 and bringing the iconic Bullring to life with a hip hop groove, enjoy this afternoon of free performances and dance demos and watch hundreds of people take part in a mass synchronised hip hop/street dance routine lead by acclaimed French hip-hop artist Salah.