BOLD – A New Dance Festival

Bold 2.Merilyn Fairskye
While Enlighten festival sets Canberra alight, activating the city in innovative and engaging ways,  another festival is unfolding; this one focusing on the intersection between movement, history, multiculturalism, and art.
BOLD, a new dance festival curated by a committee of celebrated dance artists, will examine the legacy of dance across both professional and community practice spanning different cultures, age groups and backgrounds. Over four days, the festival will bring together speakers, performers and facilitators from a range of backgrounds to deliver workshops, talks, forums, film showings and performances.
Legends of dance including Meryl Tankard, Dr Elizabeth Cameron Dalman, Dr Garry Lester, Dr Stephanie Burridge, Vicki can Hout, Annie Grieg and many others will explore their legacies, experiences and careers evolving with age.
For lovers of costume and design there will be plenty of historic pieces to be appreciated throughput the festival and we have a sneak peek for you below. Performance highlights include Canberra Dance Theatre’s GOLDs group and Canberra based dance artist Liz Lea.
“Our present lies in our past – BOLD celebrates the changes that come with age”

BOLD Festival

March 8 – March 12 2017
For the full program festival click here.
To register click here.

‘Court of Flora’ a performance choreographed by Meryl Tankard for Floriade. The costumes were inspired by J.J. Grandville’s engravings Les Fleures Animees in 1847 and were made by Anthony Phillips, one of Australia’s best dress cutters. Phillips made Nicole Kidman’s costumes for Moulin Rouge.


Top Image: Merilyn Fairskye from ‘Still Life’ by Stephanie Burridge

Emma Batchelor

Emma Batchelor

As well as a near obsessive interest in fashion, Emma is a former scientist, occasional contemporary dancer, avid reader and self-confessed cat lady (she has three). Emma lived in Leiden in the Netherlands as a baby and Leiden ought to have been her middle name had her mother thought of it at the time and not chosen Louise instead.


  1. Lovely article Emma. BOLD is such an amazing undertaking for dance in Canberra.

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