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Critical Mass was Birmingham 2022 Festival’s flagship participation programme. It saw 242 young people from across the West Midlands engage to form a dance collective that performed at some of 2022’s biggest events, including the Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games Opening Ceremony.

The Critical Mass collective was an integrated cast with people identifying as D/deaf, Disabled and non-disabled working side by side to show how genuine inclusion can be achieved in mega-events.

Critical Mass was originally conceived through a unique collaboration between Birmingham 2022 Festival, FABRIC, Arts Connect and Dance Development Leaders Group (DDLG), and generously supported by Spirit Of 2012.

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If you would like to know how to apply the Critical Mass learnings about inclusive practice, check out the Critical Mass Evaluation Report and Playbook below

For further information on Critical Mass, including access to the wider video archive, please visit the Critical Mass website