Brighton Festival 2020Public booking opens: Wed 19 Feb, 9am

Past Festivals

Past Event

Breakin' Convention 2017

International Festival of Hip Hop Dance Theatre

‘There is simply no other event in the dance calendar that is as exciting, humorous, sexy and political – all in one full-to-bursting package’ The Times

Breakin’ Convention, world's biggest festival of hip hop dance theatre showcasing the very best from around the world and around the corner is returning to Brighton. 

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Curated and hosted by UK hip hop pioneer Jonzi D, this is an awe inspiring weekend of exceptional performances from world champion b-boy crews to cutting edge street dance companies - live on stage.

This year’s line-up includes South Korean super crew of poppers and b-boys Just Dance whose performance includes live Korean drumming; Canadian urban contemporary duo Tentacle Tribe; and Soweto Skeleton Movers who perform comedic contortionism fused with Pantsula, a style from their native South Africa. Our line-up of exceptional local crews includes BN1, Defiance, Killabeez, Steroshok & What Is Written Dance Company.

Spilling off stage and taking over the whole building, dance workshops, graffiti, DJs, and freestyle sessions make Breakin’ Convention an unforgettable experience for all the family.

From 5.15pm (Tuesday) and 1.15pm (Wednesday) don’t miss out on these extra special activities taking place around the venue!

Hosted by JP Omari, don’t miss the cyphers from some of Brighton’s local talent and get involved in the Soul Train in the foyers with DJ RudeBen on the decks spinning the finest tunes with Tom Hines will be MCing alongside JP to keep the party going!

Plus, join in with the graffiti with doodleboards and live art display from Sinna1.

Schedule for Local Acts:
Tuesday 30 May (7.30pm): BN1, Defiance, Killabeez, Stereoshok, What Is Written Dance Company
Wednesday 31 May (3pm matinee): BN1, Defiance, Killabeez, Stereoshok

Tue 30 May, 7.30pm & Wed 31 May, 3pm

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£10, £12.50, £15, £20
Under 26s £10
Under 16s half price
Festival Standby £10

There is a £2 per order charge. Additional postage fees (£1.50 or 50p standard) apply