Dublin Dance Festival is the major contemporary dance event on the Irish calendar. It takes place every year and programmes both international and Irish work in a wide range of styles and formats. Running for approximately 2 weeks in May, the Festival works with various venues across Dublin, such as the Abbey Theatre and Project Arts Centre. Outdoor performances, debates, workshops, films shown at the Irish Film Institute and talks are an integral part of the programme. Previous artists/companies who have appeared in DDF are Merce Cunningham Company, Frankfurt Ballet, Rosas, Trisha Brown Company, Ultima Vez, Cloudgate, Russell Maliphant Company, Jonathan Burrows, Daniel Linehan, Clément Dazin, Mette Edvardsen and Irish artists Liz Roche, Emma Martin, Liv O’Donoghue, Aoife McAtamney, Coisceim and Irish Modern Dance Theatre.