Breakin’ Convention 2023 International Festival of Hip Hop Dance Theatre
The 20-year anniversary celebration from the UK’s pioneering hip hop dance theatre festival. International, intergenerational, and always inspirational.
For twenty years Breakin’ Convention have been revolutionising the hip hop scene in London and across the world. This year they are throwing their biggest party ever.
They know how to mark a milestone.
For 5 years of flava they had 5-year-old’s tearing up the Sadler’s Wells stage.
For 10 years they profiled 10 of the best UK acts.
For Breakin’ Convention’s big 1-5 they had the power of a 15-piece jazz band from the Jazz re:freshed Sonic Orchestra.
In 2023 they turn 20 – you’re not ready for what they have in store.
Spanning the entire weekend, expect jaw-dropping and inspiring performances from internationally celebrated poppers, lockers, b-boys and b-girls in a festival that showcases local talent alongside global sensations.
Hosted and curated by UK hip hop theatre legend and Breakin’ Convention Artistic Director Jonzi D, the festival also features DJs, graffiti artists and freestyle sessions taking place all over the building. Join us for this ultimate celebration of hip hop culture.
[Image description] A group of eight hip hop dancers encircle a ninth, cheering him on. His elbows are high, fingers pointing down, knees soft. They all wear variations on street style – white trainers, black hoodies, baseball caps, a bucket hat, a balaclava – against a background of orange smoke and blazing lights.
Header image © Belinda Lawley
BSL interpreted PerformancesOur BSL performances are interpreted by a BSL signer. They use sign language to communicate what is sung and/or spoken by artists on stage.
One of the world’s leading showcases of hip hop dance and dance theatre.
Breakin’ Convention is not just a show or a festival, it’s an experience.
One helluva weekend
Freestyle Funk Forum
Lilian Baylis Studio
Saturday and Sunday at 4.30pm
Freestyle Funk Forum is an hour of improvised theatre in hip hop’s answer to ‘Whose Line Is It Anyway?’
No two shows are ever the same in this spontaneous collection of skits brought to life through the elements of hip hop from dance and beatboxing to turntablism and rap.
Freestyle Funk Forum will take place on Saturday and Sunday and is scheduled around the main stage performances so they do not clash.
Add a Freestyle Funk Forum ticket to the same order as your Festival ticket and the Freestyle Funk Forum ticket will become free of charge at the checkout. Non-ticket holders can purchase tickets for Freestyle Funk Forum for £5.