The BOLD Festival draws on the legacies of our cultural elders, celebrates the changes that come with age. The Festival is unique in Australia and provides a platform for the work of older and still practicing artists to celebrate their longevity and the health impacts of dance and creativity. BOLD also celebrates the cross-generational exchange of ideas and experiences and the ways in which cultural legacies inspire emerging artists.

The inaugural BOLD festival occurred in March 2017. Over 130 participants, 90 delegates, 55 talks, 9 workshops, 7 films and 5 performances in 5 venues took place over 5 days. Talks, workshops, films and performances were hosted by four national institutions and one dance organisation: the National Film and Sound Archive (NFSA), National Library of Australia (NLA), National Portrait Gallery (NPG) National Gallery of Australia (NGA) and Ainslie and QL2 Dance.

The 2019 festival will continue the focus on the interconnectivity that marks the dance world, with interdisciplinarity explored through connections between movement, science, multiculturalism, history and art, with an emphasis on Australian indigenous dance heritage.

Watch BOLD 2017 footage.