Dance Bridges Festival is an international dance biennial celebrating a diverse range of contemporary dance that is artistically innovative, thought-provoking and relevant. The Festival is run by Dance Bridges, a non-profit organisation with a core value for excellence and believing in the power of community built through artistic exchanges and discursive dialogues. The Festival supports year round activities in addition to the main festival and is curated by a programming committee based in London, Taipei and Kolkata.
Launched in 2014, the Dance Bridges Festival has since been held every two years and showcased cutting-edge contemporary choreography through live performances and film screenings. The festival has also provided dance education and training opportunities through residencies, workshops, talks, internships and outreach events.
Past editions of the festival have included various performances such as Falling Body by I-Fen Tung from Taiwan, Homeostasis by Rocio Berenguer from France, Suites by Tomas Danielis from Austria among many others. Workshops at the festival have been conducted by Ieve Navickaite from the UK, Meghna Bhardwaj from India, Janet Reed from the USA and many others. Films screened at the festival have included Uath Lochan (UK), Here/Nowhere (Belgium), Hydra (Germany), Tofino (Sweden) and many others.
The 2021-2022 edition of the festival was a hybrid instalment with live events in Kolkata, Taipei and London as well as digital experiences. Over the past 4 editions Dance Bridges has presented performances, residencies, workshops, artist talks and film screenings collaborating with more than 70 independent artists and dance companies from over 30 countries as well as engaging with 25,000+ audience members and participants. The festival has announced an open call for artists and arts professionals in the different categories to participate in its 2024 edition.
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How to get there
How to Reach Kolkata
1. By Air: The Kolkata international airport, better known as the Subhash Chandra Bose International Airport, is located at Dumdum. It connects Kolkata with all the major cities of the country as well as the world.
2. By Rail: The Howrah and Sealdah railway stations are the two major railheads situated in the city. Both these stations are well connected to all the important cities of the country.
3. By Road: The West Bengal state buses and various private buses travel to and from different parts of the country at a reasonable cost. Some places near Kolkata are Sunderbans (112 km), Puri (495 km), Konark (571 km) and Darjeeling (624 km).
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Items & Accessories to Carry
1. It rains in Kolkata from June to September so take along an umbrella and rainwear.
2. A sturdy water bottle, if the festival has refillable water stations.
3. COVID packs: Hand sanitiser, extra masks and a copy of your vaccination certificate are things you should keep handy.
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