The Kalamata International Dance Festival is the annual key event in the calendar of the city's International Dance Centre. The Centre was founded in the spring of 1995, entrusted with supporting and promoting the art of dance via research, education, and artistic activities and creativity.
After twenty-six years of active presence in the Greek dance scene and thanks to the support of the local authorities, Kalamata Festival has earned a special place on the festival map of the Southern Mediterranean, and built bridges to international dance creativity.
A number of influential figures, whose work is shaping the history of contemporary dance, made their first Greek appearance at Kalamata, while the Festival has also taken care to promote and support Greek creativity in the field by commissioning works from talented Greek choreographers and supporting new companies in their experimental explorations.
Another integral part of the Festival are workshops and master-classes addressed both to dance students and professionals, while other parallel events include publications and video dance productions.