Critical Mass

A major part of the Birmingham Commonwealth Games 2022 Cultural Festival, Critical Mass will see up to 300 disabled and non-disabled young people from diverse backgrounds take part in inclusive dance and perform to a worldwide audience.

The project in numbers


Project spend

2 Years

Project duration

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Critical Mass is a mass participation dance project which will bring together disabled and non-disabled young people to show how genuine inclusion can be achieved in huge events such as the Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games.

Participants will have the opportunity to take part in dance and movement workshops and creative sessions across a 14-month journey. Critical Mass performances will be right at the heart of the Birmingham 2022 Cultural Festival, a world-class programme of art and culture running from March to September 2022.

Collaborating with Birmingham 2022 to deliver the project will be Dance Xchange, Arts Connect and the Dance Development Leaders Group, a dedicated network of dance organisations across the West Midlands who have a commitment to developing dance participation.

Together, the partners will harness community cohesion and inclusion, and use their expertise in inclusive dance and mass choreography to build the skills and confidence of the young people as they work and play together to create lasting performance moments that will be seen locally by thousands, and broadcast globally to an audience of one billion.


Project aims

  1. Bring disabled and non-disabled young people together to take part in dance and perform during the Birmingham 2022 Cultural Festival

This is an ambitious mass participation project and event, reaching young people through a network of passionate and dedicated dance organisations, working with them over a sustained period of time and giving them an international stage. It has the potential to transform the lives and the work of everyone involved.

And it’s nearly 20 years since para-sport was fully integrated into the Commonwealth Games with parity for disabled and non-disabled athletes. Through this award, we build on that legacy of inclusion and diversity.

Jane, Lady Gibson
Chair, Spirit of 2012

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