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Bilimankhwe is committed to bringing different cultures together through performance and the arts to create a better understanding of our shared world.  



Bilimankhwe creates contexts where people can work together to share and enjoy encounters across cultural boundaries, with an understanding of and respect for each other’s core principles, culture and values.  


To achieve this, our practice focuses on: 


  • Shared Stories: creating new work, alongside dynamic adaptations of classics and little-known contemporary texts for our audiences to enjoy.  


  • Shared Skills: bringing together talented, culturally diverse creatives to collaborate on exciting new productions.  


  • Shared Experiences: promoting equality and diversity through exciting education, outreach and research projects.  


   1.  Exchange

We are committed to collaborating and working with new and existing partners from around the globe.  Through sharing stories, skills and experiences with partners from diverse cultural backgrounds, we aspire to develop new, exciting, hybrid approaches to making performance for our audiences.  

   2.  Respectful collaboration

We believe in cultural sharing, not in cultural appropriation.  Our work is deeply enriched by the diverse skills and perspectives of our creative collaborators and the communities we encounter.  We are also committed to developing and promoting the rich international network of artists we are proud to be a part of.  

   3.  Plurality

We strive to create work that reflects and celebrates the diversities (ethnic, demographic, cultural) which exist in the modern world.  We believe that high quality intercultural work can celebrate plurality and challenge prejudice and injustice in a uniquely powerful way.  

   4.  Social Justice

We are committed to working with narratives which challenge social and political injustice.  Through performance and the arts, we aim to challenge oppressive systems of power and prejudicial systems of thinking.  We develop enabling narratives to do with issues such as gender, social class, ethnicity, nationality and race.  

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