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B side Hip Hop festival

Friday, 3 May, 2019 - 15:45 to Friday, 10 May, 2019 - 15:45

Graffiti Installation

An immersive installation of graffiti work by high-profile graffiti writers with links to Birmingham. 

Thu 18 Apr - Wed 31 Jul, Level 2 Gallery, FREE ...

Anthony Shintai Photography Exhibition

A photographic exhibition of Anthony Shintai’s creative visual interpretation of the worldwide Hip-Hop community.

Fri 3 May - Fri 19 Jul, Level 3 Gallery, FREE ...

Fresh Fridays

DJs get the party started at our regular Fresh Fridays performance slots. On 3 May, there's a dance performance from our ZooNation Youth Company and global grooves from the golden era of Hip-Hop. On 10 May, join us for live music and dance from Jamaal. 

Fri 3 & Fri 10 May, 6 - 7pm, Birmingham Hippodrome Entrance/Arcadian Piazza, FREE...

Hit the Ode

Hit the Ode presents The R.A.P Party

Inua Ellams brings his dynamic and popular spoken word and Hip-Hop night to Birmingham for the first time. 

Fri 3 May, 7.45pm, Patrick Studio, £5 each. Click here to book your tickets...

An Introduction to Hip-Hop Dance Workshops

Family dance workshops led by DanceXchange. 

Sat 4 & Sat 11 May, 10am & 11.30am, DanceXchange Studios, 6 years +, FREE

Limited availability - please book by emailing events@dx.dance...

Breakin' the Bullring

B-SIDE takes over the Bullring with dance battles, epic performances and beatboxing. 

Sat 4 May, 12 - 4 pm, Bullring & Grand Central (outside Debenhams), FREE ...

Express Ya'Self Workshop

Designed to increase self-esteem and self-expression through dance, this workshop is ideal for dance students or improvers and for anybody who identifies as a woman. There will also be a Q&A for dancers to learn more about pathways into the industry. Taught by Tamar Dixon, Founder of Unique Movez Dance Collective.

Sat 4 May, 2.30 - 4.30pm, Ages 14-18, Studio 5, FREE. Limited availability - please book in advance. Click here to book ...

ZYC Brum presents The B-SIDE plus Special Guests

Our dynamic and talented ZooNation Youth Company take you to The B-SIDE in a new Hip-Hop theatre show, plus new works by invited guests.

Sat 4 & Mon 6 May, 6 pm, Patrick Studio, £5 each. Click here to book your tickets ...

Afro Rhythmz Workshop

In this fun, upbeat and energetic dance workshop, you will learn the fundamentals of Afro House, the musicality of Afrobeats and how that blends with Hip-Hop styles. Taught by Tamar Dixon, Founder of Unique Movez Dance Collective.

Sun 5 May, 11.30am - 12.30pm, DX Studio 3, FREE, Limited availability - please book in advance. Click here to book ...

Graff Jam Part 1

Graffiti writers take over Hawkers Yard in Southside and create new works throughout the day. 

Sun 5 May, 10am - 5pm, Hawkers Yard, FREE 
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Graff Trails

Guided tours around some of the best graffiti in the city. 

Sun 5 May, 11 am & 3 pm, From Birmingham Hippodrome, FREE...

Film screening of Bombin' and Q&A

A special screening of Dick Fontaine's 1987 documentary about the UK Hip-Hop scene in partnership with Flatpack Film Festival. Followed by a Q+A with Hanifa McQueen Hudson aka B-Girl Bubbles who features in the film. 

Sun 5 May, 7.30pm, The Mockingbird, £5 each. Click here to book your tickets ...

Kre8! Lab

Movement class for professional and emerging dancers every morning led by Marso (open level and style) as part of the Kre8! Lab. 

Mon 6 - Thu 9 May, 10 - 11.30am each day, Studio 5, FREE, Ages 18+...

Street Art & Graffiti: An Afternoon with Vanley Burke

Instagrammers Birmingham talk about the history of urban art photography and how best to capture graffiti and street art. Plus, an artist talk and Q&A with the acclaimed documentary photographer Vanley Burke whose thought-provoking photographs have captured the evolving urban landscape. Presented by Ghost Streets. Part of Junction Arts Project. 

Mon 6 May, 1 - 3pm, PwC Suite, £3 each, Click here to book...

FUN DMC

A real block party experience designed for kids and their adults. Get on the dancefloor, practice your graffiti, try on superfly Hip-Hop fancy dress, or just chill and enjoy a drink.

Mon 6 May, 1 - 4.30pm, Bullring & Grand Central, FREE...

Hip-Hop and the Infinity Gauntlet

A guide to being a superhero with Juice Aleem! Ever wondered why your favourite MCs tend to have an alias? What are the links between Marvel Comics' Universe and Hip-Hop? Journey back into the birth of Hip-Hop and explore parallels between street culture, sci-fi, fantasy and martial arts. 

Tue 7 May, 7 - 8.30pm, PwC Suite, 12 years +, FREE, No need to book, but spaces will be first come first served...

Get Started @ B-SIDE

Find out how the Prince's Trust helped B-SIDE Festival Directors Loose (Break Mission) and Panda (graffitartist.com) early in their careers. Plus, the inspirational story of Emma Mendes, Founder of Dime Studios and ACS Vocal Academy.

In association with the Prince's Trust and participants in the Get Started programme. 

Wed 8 May, 7 - 8.30pm, Gowling Suite, FREE, No need to book, but spaces will be first come first served....

Jake Nwogu: Cinematic Motion Workshop

Jake is a dancer, B-Boy, martial artist and motion-capture artist who will show how the movement from all of these disciplines can be used in film and theatre choreography. For anyone interested in taking their current dance skills further by adding acting, fight choreography and stunt-work.

Thu 9 May, 6.30 - 8.30pm, BRB Studio 5, FREE, No need to book, but spaces will be first come first served....

Film screening of All Out War

A screening of Robert Pilichowski's 2013 film following the stories of four young men as they intersect at one of b-boying’s most prestigious competitions - The King of the Ring. Followed by B-Boy Chat with former World Champion and B-SIDE x Break Mission Judge Dyzee who features in the film. 

Thu 9 May, 7 pm, PwC suite, FREE. No need to book, but spaces will be first come first served....

Art Talks: Will Ashon

Acclaimed author, ex-music label manager and music journalist Will Ashon speaks about his new book on the Wu-Tang Clan. Join us from 6 pm for Wu-Tang inspired tunes played by Zab Dust ahead of the talk.

Fri 10 May, 6.30 - 8 pm, PwC Suite, FREE, No need to book, but spaces will be first come first served....

Visionbombing Game Show

A Hip-Hop game show hosted by DJ Psykhomantus & TY Chijioke. Two teams of Hip-Hop artists compete for points answering questions on music, films and politics or solving puzzles. Think of a Hip-Hop version of A Question Of Sport meets Mock the Week!

Fri 10 May, 8pm, Arcadian Piazza, FREE ...

Flowmotion - Freestyle Rap Cipher

Flowmotion comes in from The Gap in Balsall Heath to its first city centre cypher with a few added surprises. Manifesto: to create a culture of freestyle and lyrical excellence, to celebrate different styles, to have fun, and to build. For practitioners and spectators alike. 

Fri 10 May, 9pm, Arcadian Piazza, FREE
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Graff Jam Part 2

Graffiti writers create new works on the streets outside the theatre. Invited graffiti writers include Bio - Tats Cru (New York), Gent - 48s Crew (Birmingham), Vision - Outlaw Crew (Paris) and Opium (Italy). 

Sat 11 & Sun 12 May, 10am - 5pm, Hurst Street, FREE ...

FluxCon

This mini-convention returns to celebrate all that's good in Afrofuturism as well as comics, games, animation and speculative fiction. The panel includes Sara Kenney, Dan Lish, Themis Creative, Sun Rei and Danny the Artsloth. Plus, DJ sets from DJ Nucleo and Latifah Stone. 

Sat 11 May, 11 am - 4 pm, Thorp Street Atrium, FREE ...

FluxCon Panel

A panel discussing the achievements marked in recent years by creators of colour. The panel will be presented by Juice Aleem and Florence Okoye. 

Sat 11 May, 12 noon, PwC Suite, FREE, No need to book, but spaces will be first come first served....

Sun Rei Cosplay Workshop

Sun is an enthusiastic bubble of Manga and K-Pop knowledge who as well as being an engineer will guide us through the ins and outs of making our own cosplay outfits. Cosplayers will have the chance to present their outfits to the rest of the FluxCon later in the day. 

Sat 11 May, 10.30am - 12.30pm, Lloyds Suite, Ages 9+, FREE, No need to book, but spaces will be first come first served. ...

Skate Jam Demo

We're setting up a Half-Pipe on Hurst Street for skate demonstrations throughout the day. 

Sat 11 May, 10 am - 5 pm, Hurst Street, FREE...

Basketball Jam

In association with We've Got Game, join us for a 3v3 basketball jam across Men's, Women's and Youth categories including a 3v3 wheelchair basketball demo with City of Birmingham Rockets. Plus, a slam dunk contest and open court participation slots. 

Sat 11 May, 11 am - 6 pm, Arcadian Car Park, FREE...

Prelims & Qualifiers

Breakin', poppin', lockin' and Hip-Hop dance battles all to live MCs and DJs. 

Sat 11 May, 12 noon - 9pm, Arcadian Car Park & Piazza, FREE ...

KRE8! Battles

A 2v2 Bonnie and Clyde (Male+Female) experimental dance battle to live music. 

Sat 11 May, 5.30pm, Patrick Studio, FREE, No need to book, but spaces will be first come first served....

B-SIDE After Party

The official B-SIDE After Party featuring the talents of Soulection's Jaël and Boiler Room's/Crowdsourced's WIZE. In Spotlight, AfroFlux brings the Afrofuturistic energy with DJ Latifah Stone, Yugen Blackrok and staHHr.

Sat 11 May, 10 pm - 4 am Mama Roux's & Spotlight, Digbeth, £6 early bird tickets. Click here to book your tickets...

Sweat the Technique - Popping with Cintia

Cintia Golitin started Hip-Hop dancing at 16 and specialises in popping. With her crew, she's set up a professional company, Bandidas. 

Sun 12 May, 10 am, Studio 5, £10 each, 2 hours, Ages 10+ 

Limited availability. Click here to book...

Sweat the Technique - Breaking with Dyzee

Dyzee is a die-hard B-Boy, part of Supernaturals and 7 Commandos. He was a great influence in the evolution of footwork and recently set the Guinness World Record for the longest B-Boy circle, dancing for 24 hours straight and raising over $10K for Cancer Research. 

Sun 12 May, 10 am, Patrick Studio, £10 each, 2 hours, Ages 10+ 

Limited availability. Click here to book...

Ambra Occhipinti Workshop

Focusing on movement awareness exercises, street dance techniques, use of body space and directionality, and improvisation skills, plus "dance in one go" and other little secrets.

Sun 12 May, 10.30am - 12 noon, DX Studio 3, FREE, No need to book, but spaces will be first come first served...

Florence Okoye - Neo-Manwu Mask Making Workshop

Throughout West Africa, the masquerade is an important figure in seasonal festivals and impromptu celebrations. Embodying powerful communal spirits and characters from myth and legend, they go by many names but are instantly recognisable. 

Sun 12 May, 10.30am - 12.30pm, PwC Suite, FREE, 2 hours, All ages, No need to book, but spaces will be first come first served....

Sweat the Technique - Hip-Hop with ChryBaby

Born and raised in Harlem, New York, Chrybaby Cozie is the founder of Litefeet Nation. In this class, dive into Litefeet with popular steps including the tone wop, rev-up and lock-in. 

Sun 12 May, 12 noon, Patrick Studio, £10 each, 2 hours, Ages 10+ 

Limited availability. Click here to book...

Bones2Stones

Battle your way through on the concrete or watch the story unfold and find out who becomes number 1 on the floor.

Sun 12 May, 1 - 3.15pm, Arcadian Piazza, FREE
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BMX Demos

Explosive BMX demonstrations throughout the day from world-class BMX trick riders including Brock Horneman (Australia), Tomass Grinbergs (Latvia) and Kalvis Lazdins (Latvia). 

Sun 12 May, Various Times, Arcadian Piazza, FREE ...

Free Running

AXIS Free Running will be interacting with various obstacles in and around the Arcadian. Look out for spectacular spins, acrobatic flips and stylish moves when the AXIS team come along and express themselves!

Sun 12 May, Various Times, Arcadian Piazza, FREE ...

Art Talks: TIE, staHHr and Lady Sanity

Q&A with three broad-minded artists. Find out about their creative processes and what projects they have coming up.

Sun 12 May, 2 pm, Arcadian Bar, FREE, No need to book, but spaces will be first come first served...

 

FINALS

Watch the finals of the breakin', poppin', lockin' and Hip-Hop dance battles all to live MCs and DJs.

Sun 12 May, 3.30 - 7pm, Arcadian Car Park, FREE ...