Dancefest remains part of Arts Council England’s Investment Programme

Dancefest is pleased to announce that we remain part of Arts Council England’s Investment Programme for 2023-26, and we thank them and the Department of Culture, Media and Sport, for their continued support.

Dancefest is a small organisation but we work with a large number and range of people. Wecollaborate with people; in schools, communities, on the streets and in rural spaces. Over the last 32 years, there have been over 220,000 attendances in our dance programme, with our performances reaching audiences of over 150,000.   

This funding is crucial for us to continue engaging communities across Herefordshire and Worcestershire. It helps us raise cultural ambition for our regionand enables anyone to take part in our dance programme of classes, workshops, school and community projects.


Peter Knott, Area Director for Arts Council England said: "Dancefest is experienced at creating opportunities for people of all ages to experience the joy of dance. Its work gives people the chance to dance just for fun, or with the support they need to take their talents to the next level. Over the coming years we look forward to seeing our funding support Dancefest to inspire more people across Herefordshire and Worcestershire."

Kitty Ross, Dancefest's Executive Producer, says: This funding will allow us to continue to grow our programme, reach more people and lever further funding to enable increased creative activity in our region.”  

We know that these funding decisions have been incredibly difficult, and our thoughts and hearts are with friends and colleagues whose applications have had a different outcome.

Arts Council England is the national development agency for creativity and culture.

They have set out their strategic vision in Let’s Create that by 2030 they want England to be a country in which the creativity of each of us is valued and given the chance to flourish and where everyone of us has access to a remarkable range of high-quality cultural experiences.

Arts Council England invest public money from Government and The National Lottery to help support the sector and to deliver this vision. 

See more on Arts Council England’s 2023-26 Investment Programme on their website: 


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Dancefest is an Arts Council England National Portfolio Organisation and also gratefully receives funding from Worcester Municipal Charities, The Eveson Trust, Dumbreck Charity, Albright Grimley Charity, and WA Cadbury Charitable Trust.