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decibel Performing Arts Showcase announces line-up for 2011

  • Date: 21 April 2011
  • Area: National

decibel Performing Arts Showcase has announced the line-up for its 2011 event, which this year includes a seminar on Beyond Cultural Diversity.

Fifty artists and companies from England have been chosen to present work at the fifth decibel Performing Arts Showcase in Manchester from 12-16 September 2011.

decibel provides an opportunity for national and international promoters, producers, programmers, artistic directors and venue managers to see new and developing work, to book acts and to build relationships with showcased artists and companies.

Showcased work includes: tour-ready productions from Crystal Kisses with Contact Theatre, Rouge28 Theatre, Joseph Mercier and Ayanna Witter-Johnson; new works-in-progress from Eggs Collective, Mind the Gap, Eska Mtungwazi and Jane Sekonya-John; and original pitches from Sarah Picktall, Riz Ahmed, and  Anouk Perinpanayagam with the Deaf Cultural Centre. Browse the full line-up for decibel 2011.

On Monday 12 September, The Creative Case Symposium will discuss the issues and themes raised in Beyond Cultural Diversity: The Case for Creativity. The publication demonstrates how diversity and equality refresh, replenish and drive creativity in the arts. It will form an integral part of Achieving great art for everyone - our 10-year vision for the arts.

For 2011, Visiting Arts will be providing eight to 10 bursaries for international arts practitioners to attend the showcase. The International Connections programme will give delegates and artists, from both the UK and overseas, insight into international markets and the opportunity to develop partnerships. 

Nike Jonah, decibel Performing Arts Showcase Project Manager, Arts Council England, said: 'Diversity drives innovation and offers new perspectives. The artists and companies selected for Showcase represent the most exciting new work coming out of England's culturally rich performing arts scene. With our complementary networking activities and The Creative Case Symposium, decibel 2011 is an essential event for anyone looking to broaden their programmes, audiences and contacts.'

Delegate registration for the full four days of the showcase costs just £120 if booked before 30 June 2011 or £170 after. For the first time this year, 24-hour and day passes will be available at the cost of £55 each. Further information and delegate registration forms can be found on the website