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Published on: Wednesday May 4, 2022

Birmingham International Dance Festival 2022 is BACK with a world premiere from Critical Mass.

We are excited to announce Critical Mass will be opening BIDF 2022 with our WORLD PREMIERE of SENSE on the 17th June in Centenary Square! The UK’s largest dance festival, taking place from 17 June to 3 July, offers amazing dance in the city’s theatres and a take-over of Birmingham’s public spaces with three, FREE, outdoor weekends. Join us for the world premiere of SENSE, where we share our sense of self and invite you to explore your own in our new original performance. Devised by Critical Mass and Directed by Lead Artist Zoie Golding in collaboration with:

  • Maiya Leeke (co – choreographer)
  • Wayne Sables (digital artist)
  • Ruth Montgomery (professional musician)
  • Duncan Grimley (composer)
  • Liam Gifford (dramaturg)


Through our community events including Critical Mass and Tappin’ In, we’ll be showcasing more than 450 individuals on a global stage.  A world-first in inclusive community activity. There’s something for everybody, dance is for everyone in the broadest sense, whether that be as an international career artist or you’re someone who likes to dance and come along and have a good time. 

Alex Henwood, Head of Learning and Participation at FABRIC

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Opening weekend Friday 17 – Sunday 19 June

Entitled Birmingham Is A Dancefloor BIDF 2022 opens with dance in Centenary, Chamberlain and Victoria Squares as well as Brindley Place and invites audiences of all backgrounds and abilities to join in.

Critical Mass will open the festival in Centenary Square with our audio described and BSL interpreted performance of SENSE at 7.30pm followed by Troi Lee’s Deaf Rave, an inclusive experience full of fun, good music and laughter.



BIDF will bring every conceivable place and space to life this summer; the range of events is staggering and there’s truly something for everyone. We’re particularly proud that Critical Mass will open the event and equally excited at the prospect of a mass shim sham that anyone can take part in. With 9 world premieres, this programme rivals any dance festival in the world, making Birmingham the destination for dance this summer.

Raidene Carter, Executive Producer, Birmingham Festival 2022


View the full programme and start planning your dance adventure NOW


BIDF 2022 is produced by FABRIC (the new strategic organisation created by the recent merger of DanceXchange and Dance4) and funded by Arts Council England and Birmingham City CouncilBIDF is presented in partnership with Birmingham 2022 Festival.

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