BRADFORD arts centre Kala Sangam has unveiled Company of Others, Jaivant Patel Dance and Mobius Dance as the organisation’s first ever Associate Companies.

The three companies create dance and performance work across a spectrum of styles, and their position as Associate Companies will see them returning regularly to the city to create and present work.

Recognising the need to provide more than just financial support to change and diversify the arts sector, Kala Sangam will work with the Associate Companies in a more holistic way.

As well as commitment to programming their work, practical support in the form of regular rehearsal space, organisational development support and access to training opportunities will be provided to each company.

The companies will also be given space and support to build relationships with each other as well as creatives and organisations across Bradford district.

Alex Croft, Kala Sangam’s creative director, said: "One of our key aims at Kala Sangam is to support the development of high quality, diverse dance and I can think of no better way of us doing this than welcoming Company of Others, Jaivant Patel Dance and Mobius Dance as Associate Companies. Each of these companies creates work we think is hugely relevant to Bradford’s multicultural audiences."