About Us

Serendipity is a diversity-led organisation with the specific aim of working in partnership with mainstream organisations to put on quality culturally diverse work across the region. Serendipity’s strength lies in its track record of working in the performing arts with venues, producers, promoters, performing arts and media companies and directors who reflect the demographic profile of the UK.

Using local, national, international practitioners and artists, Serendipity offers excellence in the arts, ensuring that it not only nurtures new and emerging talent but also showcases the best new work being produced in the sector.

What We Do

Festivals

Let’s Dance International Frontiers

Celebrating each year International Dance Day on 29 April, LDIF has a focus on showcasing new work from abroad and emerging talent. LDIF is a 10 day festival of dance that includes a national conference, films, workshops and site-specific projects, alongside a local, national and international programme of new work. Each year LDIF hosts over 10 new commissions from both UK and international artists.

Black History Month and BHM Live

Contracted by Leicester City Council to deliver a Black History Month programme throughout October in the city, bringing diverse work and events with which all of Leicester’s communities can engage. Additionally, Serendipity organises BHM Live as part of Curve’s Inside Out Festival, a platform to support and showcase the work of emerging Black artists. In 2017, Serendipity is also marking 30 years of Black History Month with an exciting new project supported by the Heritage Lottery Fund. The project, Lost Legends, aims to celebrate local trailblazers and record the contributions of Leicester’s African and African Caribbean community to the cultural heritage of the UK over the last three decades.

Conferences

A series of discussions and debates in partnership with universities and international agencies such as King’s College, London, De Montfort University and CARICOM that result in publications, such as Hidden Movement: Contemporary Voices of Black British Dance; Creolizing Dance in a Global Age; Blurring Boundaries: Urban Street meets Contemporary Dance; and Black Women in Dance: Stepping Out of the Barriers. Each book leaves a legacy of untold histories and debate around dance and diversity.

Creative Education

In partnership with training providers such as De Montfort University, Falmouth University and Rotherham College, Serendipity offers opportunities from internships and apprenticeships to placements and volunteer roles to people wishing to explore a career in arts administration or as a practitioner. Each student has a bespoke package that provides practical experiences and real insights into the area of work in which they are interested.

Additionally, the year-round creative learning programme provides opportunities and experiences such as workshops, masterclasses and residencies with leading artists and practitioners to supplement the curriculum and provide opportunities for pre-professional (degree level) and continued professional development for emerging and establishing artists.

Cultural Product

We create resources and publish books suitable for researchers and enthusiasts. Our subjects areas include Dance, The Arts, Social and Cultural History.

Commissioning

Serendipity is dedicated to supporting and commissioning new work across a variety of art forms. Its platforms include BHM Live, which provides opportunities for emerging Black artists to develop their work, and also Signatures, Autograph and Biography, three stands of work associated with Let’s Dance International Frontiers, supporting artists’ development throughout their careers from the emerging to the established.

Collaborate

Developing work in partnership with artists and organisations both in the UK and internationally, including Dance4, Philip Herbert, Henri Oguike, Lee Payne, L’Acadco, Mahogany, Catherine Denecy, CARICOM, Curve and others.

Partners

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