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Vidya Patel

Dance Artist, Choreographer, Creative, Advocator


Tell us about yourself

I am a creative, dance artist, choreographer, workshop facilitator, guide by profession, with

foundations in Indian classical dance training, my curiosity led practise strives to extend past society’s boxed expectations of me, which has led me into new spaces, experiences, forms and collaborations. I am all about opening conversations, dialogue and introducing experiences into spaces which may not have been sustained before. I value human kindness, compassion and empathy greatly in every environment, and the strength in vulnerability. I was born, brought up and still live in Handsworth, Birmingham. My existence in this country raises many questions of identity, belonging, Britshness. I am the third generation of British subjects in transit. My grandfather and grandmother lived in three continents- I am the first generation of my family to

be born at the centre of the commonwealth nations. Through my art, presence and existence, I express diverse realities and feelings of our family of humanity.

What excites you about being part of the ARTCRY panel?

I am excited to have an insight into someone’s perspective and a glimpse into their world. With the nature of this application being such a fast turn around and current, it will undoubtedly broaden my outlook through what I feel is an intimate experience of being informed about an idea that someone has clearly been moved by and taken the step to reach out and apply. It’s always a privilege to be in such a position alongside an incredible panel who I’m looking forward to being on this journey with.

What components would your dream application have?

I would want to feel the energy and urgency which has encouraged the applicant to apply and ultimately communicating the expression of freedom.

The Steering Committee

The company directors and panel are involved on an individual capacity, not representing their organisations and on a voluntary basis.

If you are interested in joining the panel in future please email Kathryn Bilyard on with some information about yourself and why you are interested.

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