Dancefest awarded investment for a pop-up dance space at The Old Fire Station, Worcester
Worcester-based Dancefest is thrilled to announce a significant investment from Dance Hub Birmingham, allowing us to establish an exciting, temporary dance and art hub in the heart of our city. With over three decades of experience in engaging people of all ages in dance and organizing innovative, inspiring events, Dancefest is poised to bring something truly unique to Worcester.
Dance Hub Birmingham’s Investment Programme is dedicated to supporting a diverse range of projects in Birmingham and the wider West Midlands. Thanks to our successful bid, Dancefest is set to take over the Old Fire Station on Copenhagen Street for the next three months. This endeavor serves as a trial period, affording Dancefest the opportunity to explore new concepts and assess the feasibility of a permanent dance space in the city centre.
By revitalising this previously unused location, Dancefest aims to infuse the town centre with creativity, making it a vibrant and dynamic hub for Worcester residents and city visitors alike.
The pop-up dance space will host a diverse range of activities, including dance classes, performances, and workshops suitable for all ages. Furthermore, they extend an invitation to regional artists, providing them with a platform to create new works and nurture projects in development.
In a special collaboration with choreographer Robby Graham, the Artistic Director of Southpaw Dance Company, and local community dancers, we will present a captivating after-dark outdoor dance performance using light and projection.
Everyone is welcome to drop in, explore, and experience the magic of our pop-up dance and art space. Keep an eye out for taster sessions, open days, and events, where you can discover more about Dancefest’s future plans and how you and your family can actively participate.
Kitty Ross, Director of Dancefest, says: “This is a fantastic and incredibly exciting opportunity for Dancefest, building on our 30-year history in the region, allowing us to reach new audiences and interact with the city in new ways. We are very grateful for the support of Dance Hub Birmingham whose investment will allow us to experiment, test ideas, develop new partnerships and shape our future.”
Ben Roberts, Director of Guthrie Roberts Ltd, who manage The Old Fire Station, says: “GRL is delighted that Dancefest has chosen to use this unique and historic space, and hope that the location helps to attract the support and attention they deserve.”
Dancefest is an Arts Council England National Portfolio Organisation and also gratefully receives funding from Worcester Municipal Charities.