How it all started
Young Dance Market (YDM) is an international showcase for dance for young audiences, and was organized for the first time in Malmö in May 2018. It was an initiative by the two dance companies Memory Wax and Freestyle Phanatix together with the dance production company Scesam AB, all based in Malmö, Sweden. The purpose of YDM is to give Swedish and Nordic dance companies, performing for young audiences, the opportunity to develop their international agenda and for international dance professionals to meet.
When we initially started planning for the first edition of YDM in the summer of 2017, we immediately got strong support from The Swedish Art Grants Committee as well as a warm invitation to collaborate with the Bibu festival next door in Helsingborg, so we decided to jump on the opportunity. The response from the Swedish dance community as well as from the international guests exceeded our wildest expectations and Young Dance Market 2018 was an instant success. We soon decided to plan for a second edition in 2020. This time it would be bigger and would also contain dance companies from Denmark and Norway, but sadly the global Corona crisis put a sudden stop to our plans. However, we put the pieces together and were very happy to have been able to present YDM 2021. Now, 2023, the third edition of YDM is on it's way!
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