Get ready to put your dancing shoes on!

An occasion that provides for the professional or the amateur dancer in you to mix, mingle and learn: the Cardiff Dance Festival has returned


Fearful Vince finds a friend in Poggle, who helps him follow his dreams to explore

Poggle: a warm hearted dance theatre piece

Dance away your worries this November with a series of events that allows the dancer in you to get your groove on whilst soaking up the knowledge and techniques of the performance art itself.


It matters not if you’re a professional dancer or one confined to the space of your bedroom as the Cardiff Dance Festival is an opportunity for everybody to work their bodies and minds. The festival brings performances by major artists and companies like  Matteo Fargion’s Extremely Bad Dancing to Extremely French Music.


Folks can get involved through open studio and public spaces events, for instance Maribée’s Sors De Ce Corps and Montréal Danse’s new material Beside.

Meant to be watched from above, this piece is a blend of dance, performance and graphic art

An intriguing and interesting dance piece: Black Out


The 12-day festival starts on 8 November and ends on 19 November, encompassing a motley collection of performances by companies and artists from Wales, UK and more. CDF17 will take place in three venues: the Chapter, the Dance House and Wales Millennium Centre.


The festival comes to a crescendo on 17 November with Interruption, a project by Indian and Welsh artists, marking the UK India Year of Culture and India Wales. This will take place in Cardiff city centre and will feature artists from Chennai’s Basement 21.
Artistic director Chris Ricketts says “the aim of the festival is to improve the ecology of dance in Cardiff and to make more connections between artists, venues and audiences; and to bring in more international work in Cardiff.”


Artist Lauren Heckler has previously said in a press release: I’m excited to be working alongside Wales based and international artists to creatively ‘interrupt’ the day-to-day of public spaces that I frequent, such as the indoor market. It’s great to be involved in Cardiff Dance Festival and to have the opportunity to make performative work for the public realm.”