• Kirsten McTernan
  • Programming

Our approach to programming


Festival programming is led by Chris Ricketts, co-founder of the festival.

We're interested in adventurous contemporary work across a range of genres. We think of contemporary as 'of today, with an eye to tomorrow'.

We are interested in both new and existing work. We like both the uncertainty of something fresh, and the density, and ease, that can be achieved when work has been performed many times by the same people.

We programme a mix of work by artists and companies from Wales, other parts of the UK and international countries.

We generally programme work that hasn't been seen in Cardiff before.

Most of the performance events we present are full length pieces, or multiple pieces by the same artists or company, but we will occasionally invite artists to perform in a curated evening alongside other practitioners.

Our relationships with our presenting partners are really important to us and much of the the work we choose comes out of dialogue and discussion with them. Chapter, the Dance House and Wales Millennium Centre have been involved in both editions of the festival to date. CDF19 will also include performances with a number of new partners the city, eg the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama.


We like artists making work within the festival. For CDF15 and CDF17 we were pleased to involve practitioners from Wales and artists from other parts of the world.

For CDF19 we anticipate offering two week-long creative residencies at Chapter. One for an artist based in Wales, the second for an international artist, or company. The residency for a Wales based practitioner will be selected through an open call, and the international residency will be by invitation.

Getting in touch

If you've like to send us information about your work please email Chris Ricketts at chris@dance.wales.

Please also email Chris if you are a Wales based practitioner and would like to ensure you are sent information about the CDF19 residency.

Images above:

Dawns Ysbrydion (Ghost Dance), Theatr Genedlaethol Cymru (CDF15)
Countless Yellow Chairs, Laïla Diallo and Jules Maxwell (CDF17)