The Imagination Museum
This event highlights the dynamic efforts to preserve and celebrate Blackpool's rich social dancing heritage, focusing on community engagement and the transformative power of dance in identity and pride building.


All movement styles and Social Dance



Grace Bell

Imagination Museum event in Blackpool

Sustaining Blackpool's social dancing

Imagination Museum

The Imagination Museum Blackpool


Dynamic ways of sustaining and celebrating Blackpool’s social dancing heritage.

At our third Advocacy Event we invite you to imagine the role of the museum outside the museum building and the ways that working with dance with communities can capture intangible heritage, with a focus on the world-renowned dance heritage of Blackpool.

Join us at Showtown only 3 months after its official opening in March 2024, to hear about the ways in which the Showtown team have been developing links with communities through the ‘Get Dancing’ project, an ongoing initiative delivered in partnership with House of Wingz and LeftCoast. Hear about the impact of this work on participants, and the ways that developing their connection with the place where they live can also develop their sense of identity and pride.

Our programme will also integrate other Case Studies, a curator tour of part of the new museum, and a chance to network and explore new opportunities for working with the performing arts/dance collection in Blackpool and building a legacy for this work in the town.

Our event on the 20th June is taking place as part of the resort’s Capital of Dance Festival (14th June – 14th July 2024).

Attendees will also be given free access to explore Showtown directly after the event from 4-5pm.

Venue: Showtown (Entrance) Corner of Adelaide Street West and Bank Hey Street, Blackpool, FY1 4TQ


For more information and to book, visit Eventbrite here.

Tickets £30 (for those representing organisations); £20 (for freelance practitioners or those representing smaller/volunteer-led organisations)

There are also a limited number of 10 x £5 Bursary tickets available to freelance practitioners and those representing smaller/volunteer-led organisations on a first-come-first-served basis.

We do not want cost to be a barrier to anyone attending our events so please get in touch, in confidence, with our Project Manager Alice on should you wish to discuss any alternative arrangements. We also have an access fund available if you require assistance with any of the additional costs (such as travel) that you may incur by attending the event.

Please note that the day on the 20th June will be followed by an optional practical session (final venue tbc) on the 21st June (10-1pm). This free session will be aimed primarily at dance artists interested in working in response to heritage (but all are welcome), facilitated by The Imagination Museum’s current Strategic Lead, Katie Green. Booking details for this practical event will be shared soon.


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