Digging Centenary Square

Brum's dance festival includes JCBs. Like all the best dance festivals.

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From Carlos Acosta to troupes of gravity-defying performers, the International Dance Festival Birmingham has officially begun. And if, like us, you're in the market for a bit of everything, Centenary Square is where you're going to want to base yourself fromMay 11. Across four evenings, the IDFB will completely take over Broad Street's concrete playground with an international premier, individual performances, circus acts and a big ol' side of Digbeth Dining Club by way of nourishment. Showing every night, The Machine Show is a power-driven performance set against a wall of sound, dance and circus, which is being billed as this year's big ticket item (not that you'll need a ticket - Live Nights is completely free). A variety of other shows will also be starting from 6pm each night, including Torque (pictured) which explores our relationship with machinery, a JCB and the sort of risk-taking you categorically cannot insure against. Full programme here.

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