Worcester Dancefest Returns

Watch out Worcester! – For a sofa, a bath, some woolly mammoths and over 50 dancing bodyguards in an afternoon of free outdoor arts

Dancefest began life in 1990 as a festival to celebrate and raise the profile of dance. It has now grown into the main community dance development organisation for Herefordshire and Worcestershire.

Dancefest uses the power and joy of dancing to enhance people’s lives, enabling everyone to take part in, be inspired by and express themselves through dance. Their work is about joining in – they run over 35 weekly classes across Herefordshire and Worcestershire, have six community performance companies, and lead projects in schools, colleges and universities as well as in community settings, such as residential homes.

Dancefest is joining Cathedral Square on Saturday 21st July from 12-4pm to present an afternoon of FREE, family-friendly outdoor art to surprise and delight across Worcester city centre.

They’ve gathered together all sorts of performances and workshops by local and regional artists, who’ll be taking to the streets to surprise shoppers.

infuseDANCE, a professional Birmingham-based company, have been working with local schools and youth groups and they’ll be part of their pop up performance, ‘Bodyguards – Protect and Serve’, when teams of highly trained dancing bodyguards will secure the streets and humorously protect members of the public as they go about their business. Look out for them on the High Street and Cathedral Square.

Local poet Suz Winspear will be writing a poem with the people of Worcester. Come and find her outside the Guildhall between 12 and 2.30pm and help to create ‘Summer in Worcester – The People’s Collaborative Poem’ – and then hear Suz read the finished poem at 3pm.

Sing and Tonic bring 60 singers from groups around Worcestershire who will deliver the feel good factor and serenade you as you shop.

Worcestershire Resource Exchange will be helping you create fun things to take away, and Meadow Arts have workshops for ages 4 and up, inspired by the Ice Age exhibition at The Hive. You can make your own woolly mammoth to take home and contribute to a big colourful Ice Age artwork too.

‘Who Are You?’ by performance artist Louise Groves takes place in a bath, and you can join Louise as she takes the plunge and realises her dreams to become something different.

Lots of dance will be popping up – dynamic Flexus Dance Company from Wolverhampton; Translucent, who are the resident company at Artrix, Bromsgrove; a solo by Worcester-born dance artist Emily May, which has recently toured to Vienna; and energetic dance on a sofa by RVSD dance from The University of Worcester; plus Dancefest’s own Chance to Dance Company and DFY (Dancefest Youth).

Rose Beeston, Dancefest’s Director, says: “We’re so pleased to welcome lots of different performers and artists to Worcester, giving local people and tourists the chance to experience all sorts of art popping up and surprising them, and we hope that it makes for an enjoyable and fun afternoon.”

So watch out for a sofa, a bath, some woolly mammoths and over 50 dancing bodyguards! – and look for sunflowers to lead you to performances throughout the afternoon.

You’ll find the full timetable for Watch Out Worcester at dancefest.co.uk