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B-SIDE Hip-Hop Festival 2018

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Hip hop over to free dance festival
A free hip hop festival returns to Birmingham for its third year, featuring dance workshops and a range of artistic performances.

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Dance competitions and workshops will be part of the festival

B-SIDE Hip Hop Festival takes place from May 9 to 13 and has been organised by Birmingham Hippodrome.

Visitors will be treated to outdoor shows in Southside, around the Hurst Street area of the city centre, along with pop-up dance performances. The line-up includes interactive talks and live graffiti art too.

Among the headline acts are Red Bull BC Champion, Menno Van Gorp and Green Tek.

Free workshops at the festival will give taster sessions in how to do breakin', poppin', graffiti art, DJ-ing and rap. There is also a master class available with Hip-Hop pioneer Henry Link as well as other well known artists.

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Graffiti artists will show off their skills at B Side Festival

A new addition to this year's festival is a Hip-Hop game show where visitors test their Hip-Hop knowledge and compete with friends. While a series of entertaining Sunday dance battle finals on May 13 are free to watch but tickets need to be booked at the Hippodrome website.

Graham Callister, Associate Director at Birmingham Hippodrome, said: "We are delighted to once again bring Southside to life through B-SIDE Hip-Hop Festival. Working with some amazing national and international artists, performers and partners, bringing together the Hip-Hop community for a celebration of music, dance and spoken word."

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Learn some DJ skills at the festival

Break Mission, Juice Aleem, Mickael Riviére and are working with Birmingham Hippodrome on the festival, but it is able to happen thanks to funding from Arts Council England, Southside BID and The Arcadian, and POSCA.

Tickets to the free Welcome Jam on Friday 11 May are now also available to book at the Birmingham Hippodrome website.

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Why? Celebrate everything hip hop at a free festival for all the family
When: May 9 - 13
Phone: 0844 338 5000
Where: Southside area of the City Centre
Cost: Free
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