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On Sunday 30 July we led EveryBody Dancing, a fresh and exciting programme of amazing dance, as part of Birmingham Festival 23 – the 10 day festival showcasing the City’s rich cultural offer, echoing the city-centre experience of last year’s Commonwealth Games.

Celebrating Birmingham, Poet Laureates Casey Bailey and Iona Mandal were commissioned by FABRIC to accompany and celebrate the diverse dance community of Birmingham through their words. Casey Bailey has been the Poet Laureate 21- 22 and Iona Mandal is the Young Poet Laureate 23-24. 

The Programme

Our day started filled with amazing performances featuring artists and communities from our region, including :

The highlight of the day was a joyful performance of Solara by the incredible Critical Mass Dance Collective, the inclusive dance company featuring an integrated cast with people identifying as D/deaf, Disabled and non-disabled.  Members of the CMDC were previously seen dancing their way through key moments of the Birmingham 2022 Festival and the Opening Ceremony of the Commonwealth Games. 

Solara was directed by ZoieLogic Dance Theatre, commissioned by FABRIC supported by the Dance Leaders Group and funded by United by 2022 Legacy Charity.

Despite late afternoon rain, the programme continued indoors and we are so grateful to our friends at B:Music for providing their space. Audiences were treated to performances:

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Thanks to all the artists, Birmingham Festival 23 and with thanks to our partners at Dance Leaders Group (DLG) and funders United by 2022, West Midlands Combined Authority and Esmée Fairbairn Foundation.

FABRIC is a Birmingham Festival Partner Organisation. Birmingham Festival 23 is commissioned and supported by Birmingham City Council to celebrate the city’s creativity, and as a sign of its ongoing commitment to funding culture.  The festival took place in Centenary Square from Fri 28 July – Sun 6 August.