Call-out for dance enthusiasts to help organise this summer’s Dancin’ Oxford

Published: Thursday, 26th May 2016

Oxford City Council is searching for dance enthusiasts to get involved in this summer’s Dancin’ Oxford.

The festival, which is celebrating its 10th anniversary this year, features a dance programme taking place at venues and open spaces across the city in spring, summer and autumn.

The spring festival took place in March this year. It featured over 25 different events across the city and saw a record 8,000 people take part.

The summer programme will take place during July and will see:

  • A dance stage installed at Manzil Gardens for the Cowley Road Carnival on Sunday 10 July. The stage will offer a free programme of action-packed dance, showcasing the city’s talent between 12.30pm and 5pm
  • The highlight of the Carnival will be a special performance from guests 2Faced Dance Company, who will perform their superhero dance KAPOW. The dance will see three of Planet Earth’s greatest superheroes battle it out for the title of Most Supreme Superhero…Ever
  • On Saturday 16 July Dancin’ Oxford will then present Dancin’ On The Green. The free event will bring the very best in dance to the heart of the city, with a Dance Stage installed in Gloucester Green and pop-up performances around the city between 12.30pm and 5pm

The City Council, which organises Dancin’ Oxford, is looking for volunteers to help run the summer programme.

The Council is particularly looking for stewards, event organisers, photographers and promoters, but if you think you can help in any way please get in touch via

Councillor Christine Simm, Executive Board Member for Culture and Communities, said: “This is a great opportunity for people who are considering a career in events, photography or journalism.

“Dancin’ Oxford is a truly brilliant festival that sees the city come alive with vibrant and exciting dance performances.

“Not only is dance an exciting art form, it also helps people to keep healthy.”

“With Dancin’ Oxford, Alice’s Day, the Cowley Road Carnival, this weekend’s Common People Oxford and so much more, Oxford is going to be an incredible place to be this summer.”

Oxford City Council has helped increase the number of events that take place on the land it manages from 50 in 2010 to more than 300 now.

Earlier this year Oxford was named the fittest city in the UK following a by Adapt Nutrition, and Sport England’s latest Active People Survey (APS) found that more Oxford residents than ever are now taking part in sport.

For more information about Dancin’ Oxford, please visit