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Encounters Festivals

Our Encounters festivals are pay as you feel events accessible for everyone. We welcome you to enjoy sharing food, conversation, dance workshops and performance here in Leeds.

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About Encounters Festivals

Yorkshire Dance Encounters Festivals address some of the big questions of our age.

Encounters brings together inspiring dance artists and audiences to share food, conversation, participation and performance in Leeds. We welcome everyone – whether you’re a seasoned regular or it’s your first time watching a dance performance.

We believe dance can make the world a better place. We’ve tackled big subjects from climate change to gender identity exploring feminism and Dandyism. We know dancing together can create new connections with people you may not otherwise meet.

We run 3 biennial Encounters Festivals:

Ageless Festival which reimagines age through dance.

Children & their Grown Ups which invites families to explore imagination and playfulness with work created for children and young people.

Gender Encounters which explores gender and LGBTQIA+ identities through dance.

Our next Encounters Festival is Ageless Festival in July 2024. Sign up to our Get Involved Newsletter to find out more about all our upcoming performances, festivals, classes and workshops.

Follow us @yorkshiredance and search #EncountersLeeds to find out more.

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