55th Billingham International Folklore Festival hailed a huge success

An international performing arts festival has been hailed as a huge success.

Tuesday, 20th August 2019, 19:46 pm
A traditional dancer from South Korea performs in Billingham.

As the curtain came down on the 55th Billingham International Folklore Festival of World Dance – after nine days and thirty-five events involving over 350 performers from nine countries – organisers have thanked the performers and local volunteers who made it all possible.

One aspect of the festival was the fact that it was dedicated to the life and work of Olympic, World and European figure skating champion, John Curry – who would this year have celebrated his 70th birthday.

A trailblazer of his time, Curry inspired generations of figure skaters and dancers alike with his breathtaking artistry that blended balletic and modern dance techniques to create his medal winning routines.

Dancers from Georgia

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Artistic director Olga Maloney said: “It never fails to amaze me just how passionate the world class performers are about taking to the stage to showcase their traditional and customary dance techniques after travelling thousands of miles to Billingham from all over the globe.

“The past nine days has not only been a wonderful tribute to the amazing legacy of John Curry but is testament to just how important dance is to so many different people.

“They say that dance can break down cultural and language barriers and it’s so true.

“We would also like to thank all of the local groups and volunteers who yet again tirelessly donated their time and efforts to help us stage this wonderful annual spectacle.”

Dancers from Colombia
A dance performance from China
A dance group from South Korea
Dancers from Costa Rica
Abirami Eswar of the Balbir Singh Dance Company (UK & India)