About Us

Serendipity is an internationally connected arts and heritage organisation that actively changes the UK artistic and cultural landscape with an innovative and inspiring high-quality programme. Serendipity fosters innovative new work from artists, both emerging and established, bringing diversity to the forefront of cultural experiences for all.

An Update from Serendipity: Coronavirus COVID-19 LDIF20

Due to the exceptional circumstances we are faced with due to COVID-19, we have made the difficult decision to postpone all in-person events for our planned Let’s Dance International Frontiers 2020 programme, which was scheduled to take place 29 April – 16 May 2020.

Instead, and because we know how passionate you are in supporting our programme, we are going to be delivering a free digital programme during the festival period, launching online on Wednesday 29 April. The full programme for Alternative LDIF20 is online now.

We are also working on rescheduling other performances in our programme to LDIF20 Finale in October 2020, and LDIF21 in April and May 2021.

As a small arts charity, we rely on your support to stay afloat. If you are able, we would be grateful if you would consider supporting Serendipity by purchasing from our selection of publications, joining the Serendipity Connect membership scheme, or making a donation.

Thank you for your continued support as we navigate this unprecedented situation. We hope you’ll join us online to connect, collaborate and support the international dance ecology during a very difficult time.

With very best wishes,

Pawlet Brookes and the Serendipity team

Creative Opportunities

Board of Trustees

Serendipity are looking for dynamic individuals to join Serendipity’s board of trustees, with an interest in diversity-led, arts and cultural practice, and are particularly interested to receive applications from individuals with senior level experience.

For more information see the Trustee role description

What We Do

FESTIVALS

Let’s Dance International Frontiers and LDIF+

Launching each year on 29 April, to celebrate International Dance Day, LDIF brings diversity to the forefront in dance with a two week festival showcasing new work from local emerging talent to internationally acclaimed companies. Three dedicated platforms (Signatures, Autograph and Biography) support artistic development at different career stages. The programme also includes a national conference, films, workshops, site-specific projects and performances. LDIF+ is our year-round programme of continued professional development offering quality training in diverse dance techniques from around the world. Through conferences, workshops, masterclasses and courses with international practitioners, LDIF+ provides opportunities not widely available in the UK.

Black History Month and BHM Live

Serendipity, on behalf of Leicester City Council, coordinates Black History Month in the city each October. Trailblazing artists and activists from the African and African Caribbean Diaspora take centre stage in a programme featuring film, theatre, dance, lectures and exhibitions. Serendipity’s initiative BHM Live supports and highlights the work of emerging Black artists.

In 2017 Serendipity marked 30 years of Black History Month with Lost Legends, a National Lottery Heritage Funded project that recorded, documented and archived the contributions of Leicester’s African and African Caribbean community to the UK over the last three decades.

Conferences and Publications

A series of discussions and debates in partnership with universities and international agencies including, De Montfort University, University of Leicester and CARICOM. Each conference result in a publication, and to date Serendipity has released; Hidden Movement: Contemporary Voices of Black British Dance; Creolizing Dance in a Global Age; Blurring Boundaries: Urban Street meets Contemporary Dance; Black Women in Dance: Stepping Out of the Barriers; Identity and Choreographic Practice; Invisible Visibility: Diverse Voices within Inclusive Dance; Black Dance: A Contemporary Voice; and Lost Legends: 30 Years 30 Voices. 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, Serendipity offers opportunities from internships and apprenticeships to placements and volunteer roles for 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, LDIF+ offers year-round continued professional development for artists, provides opportunities and experiences such as workshops, masterclasses and residencies with leading artists and practitioners to supplement the curriculum and provide opportunities for nurturing artistic growth.

Serendipity Connect

Serendipity Connect is a new membership scheme, bringing together an international community of artists, practitioners, enthusiasts and industry professionals.

Serendipity Connect allows members to build and strengthen connections throughout the year through discussions, experiences, perks and exclusive events across the membership tiers.

Archive

The regional digital archive encompasses the history African and African Caribbean communities in the East Midlands, whilst connecting the dots between national and international initiatives that document Black History. A physical archive is housed at Serendipity’s office at Bowling Green Street, allowing for a unique research opportunity. Through establishing partnerships and knowledge exchange, we aim to serve the needs of Leicester’s culturally diverse communities and use technology to open doors to how archival materials and intangible heritage is recorded, preserved and shared.

Cultural Product

We create resources and publish books suitable for researchers and enthusiasts. Our subject 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, De Montfort University, CARICOM, Curve, Kulturconsulting, People Dancing and Take the Space.

Partners

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