One month to go to Birmingham International Dance Festival: How will you get involved?

With less than one month to go before Birmingham International Dance Festival (BIDF) 1-24 June takes over the city, now is the time to start planning how you will get involved.  The festival offers loads of opportunities whether you are interested in taking part in one of the many dancing and workshop activities, or would like to join the volunteer team supporting the events and get an inside view of the incredible programme.

The Festival opens on 1 June with the first visit to the city of Morning Gloryville, the enormously popular immersive morning dance experience for those who dare to challenge morning culture and start their day in style!  Their ethos of no drugs and no alcohol means that when you join their party, your body creates a sense of euphoria, ecstasy and oneness, while completely sober, awake, conscious and authentic. It is the ultimate, exhilarating wake up call. You can treat yourself to a massage or limber up with yoga. Once invigorated and fully charged, the morning rave is a fun and healthy way to relax your mind, shake off your inhibitions and plug into the collective life force of the dance floor!  The headline DJ will be announced soon and tickets are available via the website at

Throughout the first weekend, 2-3 June, there are free drop-in dance workshops in Victoria Square. Watch performances and join in with House, Waacking, Voguing, Swing with Swing Era, Northern Soul and Disco with Night Owl, all culminating with a fantastic evening Ceilidh led by a live band from Moseley Folk Festival.  Celebrate local and community talent from Marawa’s Majorettes mass hoola hoop event to interactive family friendly activities.   

A highlight of the weekend will be the Birmingham Dances Finale on Saturday eveningChoreographer Stephanie Thiersch and her international team have created a dance ‘battle’ that showcases the various dance styles in Birmingham and unites them in a shared choreography. A collective spiral dance culminates in a flash mob which will be performed to a crazy composition by Brigitta Muntendorf for live musicians, singers and a DJ from Birmingham. Together with the dancers they transform Victoria Square into a joyful dance palace.  If your group would like to take part get in touch at

Ahead of the Festival, the DanceXchange team are seeking volunteers to support all areas of the Festival from chaperoning artists, assisting with event and performance set up, stewarding events, assisting with family activities, supporting marketing activity and welcoming visitors to the Festival.


If you would like to volunteer, are over 16, sign up at by 20 May and attend a briefing meeting on either 25 May or 26 May to meet the BIDF team and find out about the festival and the volunteer roles.

Lucie Mirkova, Artistic Director Birmingham International Dance Festival said: 

Our city is increasingly becoming a place where people expect and enjoy amazing outdoor events and want to be part of the action themselves and we hope we have created plenty of opportunities for people to engage with BIDF. Whatever your experience you can join in, from simply turning up on the day to give new dance styles a chance, watching performances, or even getting your dance group involved. And if you want to feel a real part of the Festival then join our team of amazing volunteers, we really couldn’t deliver the Festival without them!”

For the full festival timetable and details about volunteering or joining the Birmingham Dances Finale visit:



Maps & Guides

Maps & Guides for your visit.

Read More

Getting around

Getting around Birmingham couldn’t be easier...

Read More

What's on

Search for places, events & accommodation...

Read More

Festivals & events

Take a look at what’s on now and coming up here...

Read More


RT @custardfactory: Who loves the design for the Curzon Street Station?! We think it’s fab.@HS2ltd will be in our reception today between…

RT @DigbethDiner: The game has been changed. You asked for it, so here it is. The very first ‘Dogbeth Dining Club’. Sunday, 28th Octobe…

RT @IndependentBham: Tucked away down side streets, off the beaten path, Birmingham is full of wonderful independent hidden gems. Here's ou…

Sporting highlights

All sporting events

There’s always something, or someone, to cheer for here

Read More


Art Galleries

Birmingham’s art collection is as wide as it is impressive. 

Read More

Stage & Screen

From touring West End shows to showcasing local talent.

Read More


A huge arena tour or an intimate gig?  You’ll find it here.

Read More


Multiplexes, the UK’s oldest working cinema or art house cool?

Read More

Birmingham Museum & Art Gallery

A vibrant museum in the heart of the city with over 40 galleries.

Read More


A diverse range of dance groups and venues.

Read More

See More, Feel More

Come, stay and soak up the culture in one of Europe's most vibrant cities.

Read More


Plan the perfect shopping trip with full store, centre and brand directories.

Read More

Shopping centres

From the world-famous, 21st Century Bullring to the Victorian elegance of the Great Western Arcade.

Read More

Vibrant streets

Linking the centres are Birmingham’s bustling shopping streets, packed with major brands and boutique independents.

Read More


Don’t miss Birmingham’s amazing markets – whether it’s the 850-year old Bullring markets or the...

Read More

Jewellery Quarter

Home to more diamond rings, finishing touches and tokens of love than anywhere else in...

Read More

Getting Married in Birmingham

We have everything covered from the rings right up to the venue itself.

Read More