Breakin’ back in Brum…

Ben at Breakin' Convention 2012

Ben at Breakin’ Convention 2012

Press & PR Assistant, Ben Wooldridge (@benwooldridge) reports back from an exciting day planning the return of an ever-popular hip-hop event…

I would be the first to admit that I’m about as ‘street’ as Mary Berry’s doilies and therefore not the kind of person you would expect to be looking forward to the return of an international festival of hip hop festival…HOWEVER…Breakin’ Convention does exactly that, breaking the conventions of what you would expect from a hip hop event and inviting one and all to take part in a two-day event celebrating both local and international talent.

Back in 2012, when Breakin’ Convention visited Birmingham Hippodrome last, I was lucky enough to be heavily involved in the PR campaign for the show and went around the area with a BBC crew to meet some of the fantastic b-boy and street dance groups taking part in the show; and now it’s almost time to do it all again!

Jonzi D and Liz

Jonzi D and Liz

On Tuesday this week myself, Sarah from our Marketing Department and Liz our Creative Learning Manager headed down to London’s Sadlers Wells to meet the fantastic members of the Breakin’ Convention team including BC founder, Jonzi D and discuss next year’s event. Auditions for local crews will take place this December with applications opening in November, so watch this space for your chance to take part and you could be performing on our main stage in front of more than 1,800 people! This year we will also have an exciting project for emerging film makers, more details to come soon…

This year’s professional line-up includes RADA trained actor and hip-hop artist Ukwell Roach, France’s Wanted Posse and the return of the exceptional ILL-Abilities. On their last visit back in 2012 ILL-Abilities brought the house down with their b-boy crew comprised of differently-abled dancers – take a look at the video to get a sneek preview of their performance!

Breakin’ Convention returns to Birmingham Hippodrome 20 & 21 May 2014 with tickets on sale to Friends now and on general sale from tomorrow (19 Sep 2013) click here for more info and tickets, hope to see you there!

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