Stretch: a brand new conference & showcase event

Stretch is a brand new conference and showcase event for the dance sector that happens in London on 10 - 11 March 2023. 

Stretch: a brand new conference & showcase event

About this event

Starts: Friday 10 March 2023 9:00 AM

Ends: Saturday 11 March 2023 9:00 PM

At: Moonshot Centre (New Cross) and The Ivy House (Nunhead), London

Organised by: Diagonal Dance

Stretchis a new event concept dedicated to everyone working in the dance sector. The 2-day programme includes panel discussions led by renewed names in the industry, professional development workshops, performances, and networking opportunities across two venues in South East London. Created and produced by diagonal dance. 

Stretch, a new conference and showcase event by diagonal dance, brings its first edition to South East London from Friday 10 - Saturday 11 March 2023, at Moonshot Centre (New Cross) and The Ivy House (Nunhead). The event includes 9 panel discussions, 3 workshops, 2 performances, and 1 networking after-party, with the support of Arts Council England and Arts Fundraising & Philanthropy. 

Inês Carvalho and Bernardo Queiros, co-founders of diagonal dance, reflect on the value of creating more opportunities to bring the dance sector together: “We know how hard it is towork in dance: a demanding art form both for the body and mind. With a significant freelanceworkforce, it can get lonely to make it through. You most likely end up wearing multiple hatsand learning how to be a producer, a marketeer, an admin, and – lastly – an artist. Yet,there’s a big lack of opportunities in developing those skills, to discuss and share expertise with fellow colleagues. Stretch creates a space for dance students and professionals toconnect and learn from each other”.

Through surveys and interviews with professionals working in the performing arts field, thepanel programme was co-created in order to meet the industry’s current needs. Topics suchas Fundraising, Diversity & Inclusion, or How To Diversify your Career Path will be led byguest panellists widely known within the sector. Avatâra Ayuso (AVA Dance Company),Reece McMahon (Chisenhale Dance Space), Tamar Dixon (One Dance UK), and BeverleyGlean MBE (IRIE! dance theatre), are some of the names joining Stretch 2023.

The tickets are now on sale through the ticketing platformEventual. As a warm-up to the liveevent, diagonal has also launched an online community on Slack, where ticket holders canaccess exclusive news and updates about the event, while the open channels share jobopportunities, tips, and resources.

Further information

What: Stretch Conference & Showcase Event 2023 

When: 10-11 March 2023 

Where: London - Moonshot Centre (New Cross) and The Ivy House (Nunhead) 

Programme & 

SupportProudly supported by Arts Council England and Arts Fundraising and Philanthropy,as well as counting on the proactivity of IRIE! dance theatre, The Ivy House, AWA DanceCharity, dance art journal, One Dance UK, Arts Marketing Association, Eventual, and TheBroca Cafe.

About diagonal dance

diagonal dance is a creative agency providing marketing, branding, and public relation services to dance artists and organisations. Additionally, diagonal provides professional development opportunities through a series of workshops and events, including Diagonal Lab and, in 2023, Stretch. 


The tickets are now on sale through the ticketing platforms Eventualand Eventbrite.

Header Image Credit: Diagonal Dance


Saskia Calliste

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Saskia is the Deputy Editor of Voice and has worked on campaigns such as International Women’s Day, Black History Month, and Anti-Bullying Week. Outside of Voice, Saskia is a published author (Hairvolution) and has guest featured in various other publications (The Women Writers’ Handbook/ Cosmopolitan/ The Highlight). She has a BA in Creative Writing and Journalism and an MA in Publishing. She is a mentor for Women of the World Global, has guest lectured at the University of Roehampton and has led seminars/panel talks on Race, Equality and Diversity. She was a 2022 Guest Judge for Dave (TV Channel) in search of the 'Joke of the Fringe'. She is 27-years-old, based in London, and loves to cook and explore new places in her spare time.

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