News: People Dancing - an international dance event in Cardiff next month

Wednesday 15 October 2014 by Carmel Smith

Sangeeta Isvaran and villagers at the Centre Valbio, Ranomafana, Madagascar. Photo: Dr Cassidy Rist

Organised by the Foundation for Community Dance, People Dancing is a major event taking place in Cardiff at the Wales Millennium Centre, from 13 – 15 November.

It’s been over ten years since the last similar event took place in Portugal and it will bring people together from across the world to inspire, provoke, debate, perform and plan for the future. “It was never intended to be purely a celebration, nor is it solely a showcase or a trade fair or even a forum for debate,” says Associate Director at the Foundation for Community Dance, Kate Castle. “ I think it’s a snapshot of the practice of people dancing across the world right now: why they do it, where they do it, how they do it and what difference it makes to communities and lives. Everything from mass participation projects as part of a national celebration, to small-scale intergenerational work beneath the stars in a deeply rural community. And all points in between.”

The event includes talks, workshops, performances and films, with plenty of opportunities for networking and information sharing. So who is People Dancing for? “It will be relevant to practitioners, producers, managers, educators, policy makers, collaborators and dance artists in all contexts – anyone who is interested in the places and spaces where dance takes place and the people who make it happen” says Castle. “And as a lasting legacy we hope the event will result in, among other things, an international People Dancing network and a regular gathering.”

It takes just two hours to get to Cardiff from London, with coach or train fares starting at £10. One, two or three-day passes are available, from £70 to £235, with discounts for FCD members. Places are still available for all three days, but to guarantee access to limited capacity sessions, book now.
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Photo: Sangeeta Isvaran and villagers at the Centre Valbio, Ranomafana, Madagascar, by Dr Cassidy Rist

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