Get involved in our special community edition of Our City Dances 2023

We’re looking ahead to (hopefully) sunnier days and the return of Our City Dances festival on Saturday 1 July, when we’ll be inviting our friends and neighbours across the city to join us in a celebration of dance and community in and around The Dance Space.

Folk Dance Remixed at Our City Dances 2022. Image: Victoria Fox.

Presented hand in hand with our Community Steering Group, the theme of this year’s Our City Dances is how we can better look after ourselves, each other and the planet, with a focus on sustainable living and wellbeing. 

We’re very excited to announce that we have awarded the Our City Dances Commission to Dot Dot Dance, a company Co-Directed by dance artist Amy Toner, who has led creative movement classes for us for many years. 

Thanks to support from The Chalk Cliff Trust, Amy and Dot Dot Dance Co-Director Jonathan Mewett unveil their latest project Our Little Blue Dot. Reminding us of the important role we play in looking after the planet, Our Little Blue Dot offers a series of workshops for children under five and their grown-ups. Together, participants will explore imaginative movement, eco-friendly prop work and outdoor play, connecting with the natural world around us.

We’re really keen that Our City Dances 2023 is a festival with an even stronger community spirit than ever before and are inviting local community groups to join us and be a part of this free, family friendly, celebratory event. 

Along the theme of sustainable living, we would especially love to hear from repair and reuse initiatives, borrowing schemes, and local food and growing projects. If you would like to have a stall, present a workshop, give a talk and let people know about your organisation and what you offer, we’d love to hear from you.

Alongside stalls and workshops, we’ll be presenting the work of local dance companies, choirs, a silent disco, wellbeing workshops, upscaled fashion from Fashion Trashion and much more to be announced. 

To register your interest in getting involved or to find out more, please email Luan and Emily.

Our City Dances is supported by The Pebble Trust and The Chalk Cliff Trust.

 

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