This year will have a focus on home-grown talent: Citymoves will produce four newly commissioned works for East Coast Moves, including a new piece for by Errol White Company for Aberdeen Dance Collective, and new works from Andy Howitt, Hayley Durward and Katie Milroy. Scottish company Barrowland Ballet and British/Belgian Retina Dance Company will also give a unique opportunity to over 20 local dancers to perform with them.
The weekend sees some of Scotland's most prestigious arts organisations unite for the first time to take over Aberdeen. From an adaptation of the Cone Gatherers to swapping stories for a hair-cut, racing the streets in an International Theatre Decathlon or performing to the sounds of the city's best known artists, Culture Crush promises to be an exciting weekend showing off the best of Aberdeen.
The 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games and 2014 Commonwealth Games, provided an unparalleled opportunity to raise the profile of dance as a creative, participative and physical artform. In support of this Scottish Government policy, Creative Scotland committed £1.5million of National Lottery funding across a four year period, creating an inclusive celebration of dance across Scotland, linking into the wider UK and marking Scotland’s place in the world. Additionally Cashback for Creativity and Event Scotland's Games for Scotland funds were aligned to support the aim of encouraging more people to participate in dance.