The Vancouver International Dance Festival, or VIDF, is an annual festival that celebrates the art of contemporary dance.
In 2024 the festival runs from February 25th until March 9th.
This article contains the following information about the festival:
Vancouver’s Annual Dance Festival
The Vancouver International Dance Festival celebrates its 25th year in 2024. The event features both local and internationally-known dance artists, and usually takes place over three weeks in February and March.
Highlights of the festival most years include the dance performances themselves as well as workshops and other dance-related activities.
About the VIDF
The Kokoro Dance company started the Vancouver International Butoh Festival in 1998. Two years later the festival was renamed the Vancouver International Dance Festival and it has been running ever since.
The VIDF celebrates contemporary dance artists from across the world. 2024 offers in-person performances at various locations in Metro Vancouver.
Where and When
The 2024 VIDF runs from February 25th until March 9th. It’s shorter than last year, but there are still nine different in-person performances to check out. Locations include the Vancouver Playhouse, Orpheum Annex, Roundhouse Community Arts & Recreation Centre, and the Woodwards Atrium.
Tickets for the performances range from about $25 to $70 depending on the show and day you pick. This year, there are also a few free performances.
Click VIDF 2024 for more details about this year’s shows.
Other Vancouver Dance Events
A few other dance-related events take place in the Lower Mainland each year. Carnaval del Sol, for example, is a Latin festival in the summer. It showcases different kinds of performances and activities including Latin dancing.
Just a few of the many other Lower Mainland festivals that feature a fair amount of dancing include the following:
- Hoobiyee (a Nisga’a First Nation event)
- Coastal First Nations Dance Festival
- North Vancouver Polish Festival
- 5X Festival (formerly called the City of Bhangra Festival)
- Vancouver Chutzpah Festival
In addition to the above, free Salsa dance lessons also often take place in Vancouver at Robson Square in the summer.
For more details, see the Vancouver International Dance Festival website.
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