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BOLD returns to Canberra! Our conference sits at the heart of the Festival and runs between the 3-4th March, celebrating all moving bodies. We are passionate about the legacy of dance in all cultures, abilities and identities across professional and community practice.

The conference runs in person on Thursday 3rd March at the National Library of Australia and will also be live-streamed. Our Friday talks will be presented on Zoom.

BOLD22 talks and films will be available for 22 days online after the in-situ conference. Several talks created in partnership with the NLA will also be available online during their On Stage exhibition.

We are thrilled to be featuring a range of talks from some of Australia and the world’s leading dance experts in a program of talks covering a myriad of subjects. Our speakers include;

Patron, Elizabeth Cameron Dalman OAM

Keynotes; Dr Michelle Potter, Gary Lang and Eileen Kramer

The 2022 BOLD Lecture in the memory of Janis Claxton will be delivered by Marc Brew (AUS/UK)

Our schedule also features

Fearghus O’Conchuir (IRE/UK), Karima Mansour (Egypt), Heidi Latsky and Robert Brace (US), Roger Sinha (Toronto), Benjamin Dunks and Andrew Wrestle (AUS/UK), Talal al Muhanna and Jumana Al Refai (Kuwait)

Australian speakers include; Emma Laverty, Ruth Osborne, Alison Plevey, Dr Cathy Adamek, Emma Batchelor, Chip Lo, Ian Colless, Rachael Hilton, Debora di Centa, Zsuzsi Soboslay (ACT), Imogen Yang, Tammi Gissell, Holly Craig, Dr Laura Osweiler, JivaParthipan, Diane Busuttil, Sylvia Glasser, Sandra Morales, (NSW), Gail Hewton, Owen Allen (QLD), Jen Brown, Kelly Drummond-Cawthon (TAS), Andy Howitt and John Utans (VIC).