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Decibel Performing Arts Showcase

The fourth decibel Performing Arts Showcase takes place in Manchester from 15-18 September 2009. The showcase, run by Arts Council England, offers promoters and national and international arts professionals a unique snapshot of England’s diverse performing arts talent. It gives programmers, producers and promoters the chance to see up to fifty artists over four days.

Delegates will be treated to cutting edge performances from across the world of music, theatre, dance, live art, circus and street arts. This year, for the first time, the remit of the showcase has been widened to include disabled artists. Artists and companies who will present their work in Manchester include:
StopGAP Dance Company - Dance
Tin Bath Theatre - Theatre and Drama
The Fish Police - Music
FATHoM Project - Dance
Julie McNamara - Theatre and Drama
Fittings Multimedia Arts - Combined Arts
Anya Utaszewski - Music
Lisa Hammond and Rachel Spence - Theatre and Drama
Jo Bannon - Live Art
Kazzum - Outdoor Performance

Nike Jonah, decibel Performing Arts Showcase Project Manager at Arts Council England, said: “decibel Performing Arts Showcase is a brilliant opportunity for international and national arts professionals to network, discover new talent and to book some of the best artistic work that England has to offer. In just four days, programmers who are looking for a fresh perspective can see a whole month’s worth of new work.”

The 2009 programme gives delegates the opportunity to see innovative new tour-ready acts, works in progress and creative pitches, in world class venues around Manchester including the Royal Exchange, Contact Theatre, Green Room and Library Theatre.

In addition to the world class programming, the showcase will feature a range of workshops and panel debates including ‘Make do and Mend’, chaired by cultural activist and former Director of Arts at the British Council, Venu Dhupa. Venu will be joined by leading names in international performing arts, including the Lincoln Centre’s Bill Bragin, ChangCheng Zhang, Director of Beijing Modern Dance Company and Ismail Mahomed, Director of the Grahamstown National Arts Festival, in a discussion which looks at the challenges facing the sector in a global economic downturn.

Other events will focus on issues such as online networking and the arts, and a look at the use of digital technology within the creative process. Full details of the complimentary activity schedule can be found at:

As a result of the last showcase a number of companies have toured venues around the UK, including DJ/poet, Charlie Dark, live artist, Mem Morrison, and hip hop theatre group, Kompany Malakhi. The global reach of decibel has also been demonstrated with acts such as Rasa Theatre who embarked on a sold-out run at a theatre in New Jersey, USA, following the showcase.

A full access statement inviting comment on how to make the showcase more inclusive is on the website at: For more information and to book tickets please visit: