Family Dance Festival 2019 underway

April 16, 2019 by

Cardiff-based arts organisations Bombastic and Coreo Cymru, are collaborating on a family dance event which will tour across Wales and into England to nine venues this Easter holidays. Two leading Welsh dance companies, Bombastic, Kitsch & Sync Collective are joined by London-based Sweetshop Revolutions, and local dance groups to perform in a fun and entertaining hour of pop up dance.

Carole Blade, Creative Producer of Coreo Cymru and mum of two, set up the event during 2017 to increase young people’s access to different forms of dance. Carole Says, “There is always a great atmosphere at our Family Dance Festival. Just come along watch – and you may even get the urge to join in.”

Most of the dates include Welsh and English Audio Description performance and BSL signing. Check listings below for details.



Sparks Youth Dance Company


Sweetshop Revolutions with Alex Marshall Parsons & Giulia Cotizelati


Giulia Cotizelati


Alex Marshall Parsons


Kitsch & Sync with Christine Felkin, Kim Noble and Kylie Ann Smith


Kylie Ann Smith




Super Local Heroes is Bombastic’s brand new show created especially for Family Dance Festival. Four misfit superheroes on mobility scooters arrive to ask the audience to dance, chat and inter-act with them and participate in a really surreal and fun mission to help the neighbourhoods all around Wales. Get involved and be part of the dance adventure!! These Super local Heroes mission is to entertain and they will be popping up through the whole show and introducing our guest companies including….

Sweetshop Revolution’s I am 8, is a light-hearted and charming lyrical piece with four dancers that was commissioned by London’s Sadler’s Wells and The Place for their young audience programme. It presents a world in which children’s stories and dancer’s lives blend in a tale of discovery, spanning what it is like to be 8 years old to 28.

Cardiff-based Kitsch & Sync Collective who make curiously quirky dance theatre and performance and are regularly featured in festivals across the UK. Hello Buoys follows 3 dinghy-less damsels as they dip their toes and cause a splash on their seafaring voyage. Looking for a captain to guide them to sun-kissed beaches, can these ladies of leisure be pointed in the right direction or are they hopelessly helpless in their tropical quest!’

Dance groups local to the venues on tour will also be adding something extra special to the show with a diverse range of dance styles and opportunities to see young talents doing their thing.


Tour dates


Sat 13 April                             Chapter, Cardiff – 12pm, 2pm, 4pm

Audio Description (Welsh) 12pm & (English) 2pm & BSL signing at 2pm



Sun 14 April                             Chapter, Cardiff – 12pm, 2pm, 4pm



Mon 15 April                           The Roses, Tewkesbury – 3pm & 5pm

Audio Description & BSL signing @ 3pm


Tues 16 April                           Galeri, Caernarfon – 3pm & 5pm (Tickets £6/£4)

Audio Description (Welsh) 3pm & (English) 5pm & BSL signing at 3pm




Thurs 18 April                         Ffwrnes, Llanelli – 12pm, 2pm, 4pm

Audio Description (Welsh) 12pm & (English) 2pm & BSL signing at 2pm



Sat 20 April                             Theatr Brycheiniog, Brecon – 12pm, 2pm, 4pm

Audio Description (Welsh) 12pm & (English) 2pm & BSL signing at 2pm



Sun 21 & April                         Wales Millennium Centre, Cardiff – 12pm, 2pm, 4pm

Audio Description (Welsh) 12pm & (English) 2pm & BSL signing at 2pm



Mon 22 April                           Wales Millennium Centre, Cardiff – 12pm, 2pm, 4pm



Thurs 25 April                         Memo Arts Centre, Barry – 2pm & 4pm

Audio Description (Welsh) 4pm & (English) 2pm & BSL signing at 2pm




Fri 26 April                              Cyfarthfa Park, Merthyr Tydfil –  12pm, 2pm, 4pm

Audio Description (Welsh) 12pm & (English) 2pm & BSL signing @ 2pm

(in the event of poor weather conditions the shows will be in Redhouse Cymru)



Sat 27 April                             The Riverfront, Newport – 12pm, 2pm, 4pm

Audio Description (Welsh) 12pm & (English) 2pm & BSL signing @ 2pm                                           



Family Dance Festival is a Bombastic, Coreo Cymru and Wales Millennium Centre co-production in association with Chapter and Memo Arts Centre. It is supported through the Arts Council of Wales’s National Lottery programme and by the Welsh Government. 


Main image – Kitsch & Sync

Images by Noel Le Conte 

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