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King’s Lynn to host hip hop festival

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Lynn’s Corn Exchange is set to welcome top local and worldwide crews to the international festival of hip-hop and urban dance theatre, Breakin’ Convention during May.

The event will see the return of the Norfolk and Norwich Festival to Lynn for the first time in years, bringing with it a collection of astonishingly adept performances by dancers from across the country and the globe.

Norfolk and Norwich Festival’s artistic director, William Galinsky, said: “Our 2014 Festival is already lining up to be one of our strongest and most varied.

“The Festival is also about people, and the first opportunity to join in with Festival events is Breakin’ Convention, where locals can contribute to the international festival for hip-hop dance theatre.

“They also have the chance to join the Festival Chorus to perform much loved, moving and inspiring classical music.”

This hugely popular production is hosted and curated by UK hip-hop theatre artist, Jonzi D, and is presented in association with Sadlers Wells.

Alongside performances from local crews, Breakin’ Convention features uplifting performances from Olivier Award-nominated international group, ILL-Abilities, an international b-boy company that challenges the misconceptions about people with disabilities.

The UK’s Ukweli Roach, founding member of BirdGang Dance Company, will also give an ensemble performance about temptation and vice, while France’s Wanted Posse will be expressing the roots of their personal revolutions.

Breakin’ Convention is more than just a show – DJs, dancers, demonstrations and workshops will take over the Corn Exchange foyer with the ultimate celebration of hip hop culture.

Les Miller, general manager, said: “We at the King’s Lynn Corn Exchange are really excited to be part of Breakin’ Convention 2014.

“A festival of hip hop dance theatre is not immediately what springs to mind when you think of the Corn Exchange but we hope this will attract a new audience and give the local young people a chance to experience something totally new and completely different right here on their doorstep.

“It is also great to be a part of the prestigious Norfolk and Norwich Festival, bringing the best of national and international talent to the region and to partner with Sadlers Wells, the UK’s leading dance theatre.”

The 2014 Norfolk and Norwich Festival will run from May 9 to 24, with the full line up to be revealed in early March.

Full information on all Norfolk and Norwich Festival events at www.nnfestival.org.uk

Tickets are now on sale for Breakin’ Convention – the international festival of hip-hop dance theatre from around the world at Lynn’s Corn Exchange on Tuesday, May 13, from 7.30pm.

Tickets cost from £10 to £18 and are available from the box office on 01553 764864.

For more information about the Breakin’ Convention workshops and demonstrations, go to www.breakinconvention.com

 

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