Copenhagen International Dance Festival


Copenhagen International Dance Festival is launched in 2019 as an annual event taking place every April & May making room for worldclass dance to challenge Copenhagen with originality and artisitic power. By rethinking the festival format this festival invites artists to rethink their masterpieces and create new productions specifically to the diverse and unique locations and pockets of the city. The programme of the festival thus presents a colourful palette of international artists with distinct profiles. Furthermore, the festival takes on a proactive and social-oriented approach to underrepresented audience groups, creates cross-organisational and artistic collaborations and facilitates workshops for the professionel performing arts industry.

Artistic mission

The festival’s finest mission is to stage sublime dance art that is capable of both in content and in expression to confront, challenge, engourage and communicate to a large and diverse audience.

Audience development

The art offers a home for those who seek; With this as point of departure the festival has the fine task of reaching a diverse audience segment that embraces the devoted guests and those who has little or no experience with dance arts. The whole city is included to facilitate the meeting between people across age, background, culture and social class in the universe of dance. For this reason the festival makes a special effort to reach underrepresented groups of audience to experience performing arts e.g. children and young adults and special groups. This is realised primarily by the initiatives: on location performances created specifically for the educational institutions, hospitals, kindergartens, elder homes etc., and special events for the homeless, asylum seekers, school children in collaboration with private companies.

Cross-organisational and artistic collaboration

The festival initiates a comprehensive cross-organisational and artistic collaboration that includes choreographers, interest groups, cultural institutions, private companies and educational institutions. Based on this the opportunites are expanded for the festival and the dance arts industry to create new artistic paths and shed light on the qualities of dance.