Our City Dances

Our City Dances is a free annual dance festival designed to inspire people of all ages and abilities to enjoy and have a go at dance

A BLK Diamond dance workshop in St Peter's Square for Our City Dances 2021. Photo by Rosie Powell

The festival takes place in and around The Dance Space, in the Tarner area of central Brighton & Hove and is created with the support of a Community Steering Group made up of people who live and work nearby. 

In this year, 2022, we will be presenting a very special edition of the festival, celebrating the launch of The Dance Space. From Friday 15 July, we will be throwing open the doors of our new building with a weekend of free dance activity to give people a taster of what to expect from the year-round programme.



Every year, through an open call, we invite dance artists and companies across the UK to submit their ideas for dance activities that will challenge people’s perception of what dance is and who can do it. 

Our Community Steering Group makes the final selection to create a programme which, since its launch in 2018, has seen more than 7800 people take part in workshops and performances in everything from wheelchair tango and breakdancing; to hula hooping, capoeira and parkour. 

Returning to Brighton & Hove after a pandemic-related break for 2020, Our City Dances 2021 took place online and outdoors from Monday 19 to Saturday 24 July; and for the last time before we open our new home for dance, The Dance Space.

Beginners breaking workshops, an online disco party, and an invitation to join Brighton & Hove-seafront regular Lya, aka BLK Diamond Dance, to dance like everybody’s watching were all part of the line-up at this year’s free celebration of all things dance. Watch our film celebrating Our City Dances 2021 below.


Our City Dances 2021

Our City Dances Supporters

The Welcome Project

A programme of activities and events to encourage more people to dance in the local community

Find out more
The Welcome Project