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  • About us

Dance is an amazing art form. One that continues to astonish and inspire us in the work we do.

We started the festival with the aim to help build a thriving ecology for dance. There are many ways to do that, and particular things festivals can be good at.

Since our first event in 2015 we've sought to enhance dance programming in the city, find ways to bring artists and audiences together, and support the creation of new work. They remain the cornerstones of what we want to achieve.


Over the three festivals we've held we've presented some exceptional work by some wonderful artists. They have come from Wales, the UK and a variety of places internationally. You can find information about all of them in our archive section.

In 2017 we were also fortunate to secure support from the Wales India Fund for a project called Interruption. Conceived with Basement 21, Interruption involved artists from India and Wales. It remains a highlight of how we've sought to make collaboration and dialogue integral to our programme.

Starting any arts endeavour from scratch requires commitment, and belief. We've been very fortunate to have the support of many partners in the city.

This group has grown to include Chapter, g39, Groundwork, National Dance Company Wales, Royal Welsh College of Music & Drama, University of South Wales and Wales Millennium Centre. 

We couldn't have achieved half of what we have without them.

All being well, the next Cardiff Dance Festival will be in autumn 2021. We want it to be adventurous and celebratory, a chance to connect and reconnect.


Chris Ricketts
Co-founder and festival director



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Images above:
Dana Michel, Yellow Towel (CDF15)
Eddie Ladd and Theatr Genedlaethol Cymru, Dawns Ysbrydion (CDF15)
Liz Roche Company, Wrongheaded (CDF17)
Leah Marojević and Theo Clinkard, The Elsewhen Series (CDF19)