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Image: Russia’s contribution to this year’s festival

Since 1965, the Billingham International Folklore Festival of World Dance (BIFF) has been bringing together artistes and admirers of dance, heritage and culture from all over the world. For more than 50 years, they’ve been joining nations together through the power of dance, and this year is no different.

OK, so it will be different in format to Billingham’s celebrated dance festival: the global pandemic has meant performers and audiences are unable to unite this year in person to experience the joys of live dance theatre. However, Artistic Director Olga Maloney and the festival’s organisers have come up with an extra special project that brings people together in a novel way that will “bring a sparkle into people’s lives during these uncertain times.”

The Global Heartbeat Of A Small Town is a collaboration between BIFF and Balbir Singh Dance Company, and will showcase dancers from across the globe performing live from their own kitchens and living rooms. United through the love of dance, followers of the festival can view performances that provide a special insight into their unique cultural heritage from Brazil, Chile, Costa Rica, France, Georgia, Japan, Mexico, Northern Cyprus, Peru, Russia and the UK on the BIFF Facebook and Twitter pages.

Expect as always lively movements, colourful costumes and mesmerising skills as this wonderful virtual festival takes place from Saturday 1st-Sunday 9th August, concluding with a video montage of the community artwork created throughout The Global Heartbeat Of A Small Town project.

The Global Heartbeat Of A Small Town is broadcast via BIFF’s Facebook and Twitter pages from Saturday 1st-Sunday 9th August. See the website for full listings

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