Fri 20 – Sun 22 May 2016

mac Birmingham

GemArts is delighted to share information on one of the largest gatherings of artists, organisations, pundits, policymakers, funders and fans of dance under one roof.

A trailblazing conference that seeks to stimulate, steer and secure the future of South Asian Dance as part of the UK’s ever growing dance landscape.

Produced by New Dimensions Arts Management in partnership with Sampad Arts, Navadisha 2016 will pose questions that are crucial for South Asian dance today. It also celebrates breakthrough achievements and exciting developments in and around the sector during the fifteen years since Navadisha 2000, which launched a whole new chapter in the history of South Asian dance in the UK. Navadisha 2016 (meaning ‘new directions’ in Sanskrit) will undoubtedly re-affirm South Asian dance, which so many of us encounter, work with or simply enjoy as a vital part of British dance.

The three day programme will cover a range of topics from artist and audience development, to advocacy and functioning in a competitive environment. The programme aims to provoke dialogue on contemporary issues impacting South Asian dance creation and distribution, and demonstrate models of multifaceted, innovative excellence.

Navadisha 2016 will include keynote address by Akram Khan MBE, Shobana Jeyasingh MBE and Mavin Khoo – Britain’s internationally acclaimed performer and choreographers, and instigator of new dynamics in British dance.

Alongside the stellar list of industry leaders who will share their knowledge and wisdom, there will be exemplary showcases, performances, films and exhibitions, a vibrant market place for ‘pitching’ opportunities to potential promoters and investors, as well as networking opportunities.

The event will be an exciting, rare and invaluable opportunity for dance practitioners | teachers | students | academics | agencies | programmers | venues | promoters | investors | policy-makers & South Asian dance enthusiasts.

On the 40th anniversary of Naseem Khan’s ground-breaking report ‘The Arts Britain Ignores’, Navadisha 2016 will fire up debate about the state and status of South Asian dance in Britain’s cultural cosmos, and the changing nature of its dance audiences. It will uncover new talent, new models of excellence and new ways of working with dance in all its many avatars.
Navadisha 2016 will proudly felicitate Naseem Khan and her historic contribution to the diverse arts & cultural agenda and policy in the country, and honour senior dance gurus Pratap Pawar, Nahid Siddiqui, and Pushkala Gopal, who have, in turn, inspired and imprinted upon generations of students, dancers, teachers, and the very story of South Asian dance in the UK.

Full details of the conference programme, speakers, panellists is available at

To book a place, simply e-mail
**Subsidised fees/financial support available to freelance dance artists, teachers, students**

Twitter: @Navadisha16 #Navadisha16
Facebook: Navadisha2016

As part of Navadisha’s partnership with International Dance Festival Birmingham (IDFB 2016), the Festival has specially programmed a weekend of South Asian dance by international artists. For full details visit


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