In preparation for the second edition in 2017, Dance Bridges Festival underwent a change in the organizational structure, expanding local & international partnerships and collaborations. While Dance Alliance Kolkata and the international network of World Dance Alliance continue to support Dance Bridges Festival, it now functions as an independent organization- Dance Bridges Kolkata.
It is managed by an Executive Board that is representative of Kolkata’s dance, arts, music, education, business and cultural communities. The Festival is also supported by an International Artistic & Programming Committee (based through London, Taipei & Kolkata), International Advisory Board (with representatives from India, UK, USA and Panama )& Organizational Partners & Sponsors (local cultural and dance institutions, international diplomatic missions and business enterprises).
We are an international non-profit organisation believing in excellence and the power of community; building alliances through a cutting edge biennale international dance festival and associated events; aiming to empower local communities to transform Kolkata into creative city.
An international arts organisation well known for an exciting dance Festival, a thriving arts space, a touring dance company, new commissions and hosting events for the promotion of dance and contemporary culture in Kolkata and internationally.
What we do
A 5-8 day Festival in August every two years in Kolkata
Makes participation inclusive and accessible to new audiences and people of all socio-economic backgrounds by running events on a non-profit basis
Encourages and empowers young dancers in their pursuit of a professional career
Nurtures local and international talent through the residency project, internship training, workshops and opportunities of collaboration
Imparts educative and fun experiences for everyone to encounter dance through various mediums and from different perspectives
Builds long term relationships across cultures to enable ambitious artistic exchanges
Enables the international community to experience the history, culture and creative atmosphere of a city like Kolkata and other places in India
Enables job creation in the dance and performing arts sector to supporting artists and production team members involved in festival events.