From April 2014, ArtReach has been working with International Dance Festival Birmingham (IDFB) and it’s key partner, Birmingham Hippodrome, to help broker and develop a major collaborative European project planned for IDFB 2016.

The Future Cities of the Imagination project will involve major dance festivals and contemporary arts organisations across Europe in the collaborative creation of an extraordinary, integrated performance programme that will culminate in outdoor performances in Birmingham (May 2016) and Siena (September 2016). In addition the CITIES project will also see presentations in Ireland, Czech Republic, Hungary and Germany.

ArtReach has enabled a partnership comprising – IDFB, Dublin Dance Festival (International Dance Festival Ireland); Tanec Praha (Prague International Dance Festival); Hellerau – European Centre for the Arts in Dresden; Trafo – House of Contemporary Arts in Bucharest; and City of Siena – and has developed an application to Creative Europe for a large scale cooperation project.

If the application to Creative Europe is successful, the funding commitment will be announced in March 2015.