Workshops

Learn from our award-winning line up of performers

Get involved and enjoy this unique opportunity to learn from this incredible line up of artists. Taking place each day ahead of the festival in the Sadler’s Wells studios it’s a great time to hear artists share their skills, tricks and techniques in one-off intensive workshops. Our workshops are very popular, so make sure to book early to avoid missing out.

All our workshops cost just £10 plus transaction fee of £3 for online bookings. No charge in person at Ticket Office.

Our workshops are open to everyone, including non ticket-holders for Breakin' Convention. Tickets go on sale Thursday 11 April.

 
 
 
 

Saturday 4 May

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10.30 - 12.00 - Breakalign

Battle-Ready Body (Hip-hop conditioning) - Project Breakalign in Association with Dance UK

Take part in a specialised conditioning seminar created for the needs of street style dancers. Prepare your body for battle and stay injury-free with training guidance, science behind workouts, and tips for suggested warm-ups and stretching methods (appropriate for all hip-hop styles). Want to continue dancing long into later life? This workshop is for you.

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12.15 - 13.45 - Jinjo Crew

Breaking

Take a workshop with current Battle of the Year world champions who will be teaching the elements of breaking and exploring different variations of moves from the basics up.

12.15 - 13.45 - Bly

House

Knowledge and history of house style and musical timings will be discussed throughout the class with Bly taking you through foundational drills to basic steps and how to turn them into variations, ending with a fun routine putting everything into practice.

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14.00 - 15.30 - Mr Ben

Locking

Learn the basics of locking with The Locksmith’s Mr Ben. Expect to leave with a knowledge of the foundations to the funkiest dance style in the world, and prepared for any Soul Train line situation.

Sunday 5 May

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12.15 - 13.45 - Godson

Krump

An introduction to KRUMP movement and foundation from Theo ‘Godson’ Oloyade. Expect to release your inner buck, closing with a session afterwards.

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12.15 - 13.45 - BBoy Junior

Breaking

Junior shares his 25 years of experience in breaking to give you the tools to progress in your practice. Focusing on five aspects including musicality, foundation and originality and execution and charisma.

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14.00 - 15.30 - Geometrie Variable

Movement

Known for their mesmerising kaleidoscopic routines, this workshop will involve the learning of lines and shapes how to create and be connected with someone and how to find all possibilities within those forms, involving musicality, technique and groove.

 
 
 
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Around The Theatre

From 4pm, daily

Each day Breakin' Convention spills out into the foyers as they come alive with dance, music and art.

After collecting your wristband admire the grand international mural, or grab some merchandise from the shop. Head upstairs to the Mezzanine level and get down in the dance circles, with live music from resident DJs Tha En4cers. Pre-show we have an emcee to warm you up for the main stage, and a beatboxer during the interval. Now it's time to find your feet and learn the freshest moves! If you're not quite ready to take a masterclass, let us take you through some basic steps for free. And for the younger kids, look out for the Tiny Totrock Sessions. It's time to get creative, grab some markers and create your own tag, or if you're a beginner, fill out some of our pre-drawn templates.

Full line-up will be announced March 2019

 

 
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Park Jam

Breakin' Convention's Park Jam has earned a reputation as one of the UK's realest hip hop events. Taking things back to the roots of the culture, this jam is suitable for the whole family. A funk-filled, open-air dance, music and art filled extravaganza.

 

LINE UP TO BE ANNOUNCED SPRING 2019

Expect the illest emcees, live bands, DJs and spoken word to take to the main stage for your enjoyment.

PLUS

Marketplace | Dance Cyphers | Food | Live Graffiti | Bar Jam Area

Notice

  • Please note we are expecting to reach capacity. Park Jam is free and therefore on a first come first served basis.

  • Once the park reaches capacity we will operate on a one-out, one-in basis. We recommend that you arrive early to avoid disappointment.

  • Re-admittance is not guaranteed so we advise you to bring everything you need with you. Glass items will not be permitted on site.

 

Park Jam 2019 Details

Date

Monday 6 May 2019

Time

1.00 pm - 5.30 pm

Location

Spa Fields Park,
Islington,
EC1R 0DF
(Nearest station Angel/Farringdon)

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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Freestyle Funk Forum

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.

The excitement of Freestyle Funk Forum can’t be contained, after appearing at the Harlem Apollo and festivals like Lovebox, Camp Bestival and Wilderness, Freestyle Funk Forum makes its welcome return to London for Breakin' Convention '18.

Ticket Information

Freestyle Funk Forum will take place on Sunday and Monday only and is scheduled around the main stage performances so they do not clash.

Festival tickets do not guarantee entry to Freestyle Funk Forum. But tickets are FREE to festival ticket holders. Non-ticket holders can purchase tickets for Freestyle Funk Forum for £5.

Tickets will be available on the Sunday and Monday for that day's performance from the Sadler's Wells Ticket Office in person, and a limited number of tickets will also be held back at the Lilian Baylis Studio entrance.

 
 
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After Party

Where the Celebrations Continue

Breakin' Convention's infamous after party returns on Sunday 5 May. Come get down, meet the artists and join us in celebrating Breakin' Convention with a night of hip hop culture in full effect at O2 Academy Islington.

Hip Hop | Afro Beat | Grime | House

Don't forget to keep your festival wristband on for discounted entry.

 

Time: 10pm - 3am
Address: O2 Academy Islington, 16 Parkfield St, London N1 0PS

Tickets £7.90 via Ticketmaster. Ticket handling fees may apply. Further ticketing conditions can be found on Ticketmaster website.

 
 
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Daily Schedules

Saturday 4 - Sunday 5 May

Across the weekend there's so much to do in and around the venue for free for the price of your festival ticket!

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Yard
3pm - 6pm

Grab a can and have a go yourself at graffiti in the Sadler's Wells Yard.

At junction of St. John St and Rosebery Avenue. Open to anyone without a festival ticket.

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Main Building Foyers
4pm - 6pm

Mezzanine: Resident DJs Tha En4cers and open circles

5.45pm: Beatbox performance with Kimmy Beatbox (Saturday) & Grace Savage (Sunday)

1st Circle: Graff Zone

Learn to tag with Mr Dane

2nd Circle: The Training Ground

Find your feet and learn the freshest moves with our instructors Rowdy & Mid-Air

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Lilian Baylis Theatre & Cafe Performances Stage Door Entrance
4.30pm - 5.30pm

Freestyle Funk Forum

Freestyle Funk Forum is an hour of improvised theatre in hip hop’s answer to 'Whose Line Is It Anyway?'

Hosted by Jonzi D, starring dancers B-Boy Machine, B-Girl Akness, Godson, musician Jason Yard and DJ Billy Biznizz

Free entry with your wristband - collect yours from a member of staff after collecting your wristband!

6pm - 9.30pm: Main Stage Performances

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Saturday 4 May

FIRST HALF
The Archetype (UK)
AIM Collective (UK)
Logistx (USA)
Godson (UK)
Geometrie Variable (France)

INTERVAL ACTIVITIES (See below)

SECOND HALF
Perry Louis’ JazzCotech Crew (UK)
WeWolf (Germany/USA)
Angyil McNeal (USA)
Jinjo Crew (South Korea)

 

Sunday 5 May

FIRST HALF
The Locksmiths (UK)
Gulf Dance Company (UK)
Logistx (USA)
Agnes Sales & Hector Plaza (Spain)
Fiya House (UK)
Geometrie Variable (France)

INTERVAL ACTIVITIES (See below)

SECOND HALF
Company Même Pas Mal - Junior Bosila (France/Greece)
Jinjo Crew (South Korea)
Angyil McNeal (USA)
Boy Blue Entertainment (UK)

 

7.30pm - 8.30pm: Interval Activities

In the Main Building Foyers via main entrance

Mezzanine: Resident DJs Tha En4cers and open circles

8.15pm: Rap performance with Broken Pen (Saturday) & Truemendous (Sunday)

1st Circle: Graff Zone

Learn to tag with Mr Dane

2nd Circle: The Training Ground

Find your feet and learn the freshest moves with our instructors Rowdy & Mid-Air

Lilian Baylis Theatre & Cafe Performances via Stage Door entrance

Lilian Baylis Theatre

Saturday: Olly Engele (UK), Realitie (UK), Ukweli Roach (UK)
Sunday: Mitchel aka Mtgainz (UK), Joshua Vendetta Nash (UK), Kloe Dean (UK)

 

Show ends at 9.30pm. All timings are approximate. Line up and running order subject to change.

 
 
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Plan your visit

Finding the festival

SADLER'S WELLS THEATRE
Rosebery Avenue
Islington
London
EC1R 4TN

 

Travel

Tube

Angel (Northern Line City Branch) is a 250-metre walk from Sadler's Wells. Trains run every few minutes northbound to Kings Cross and Euston, and southbound to Bank and London Bridge. For up to date Tube information or to plan your journey, visit Journey Planner.

Bus
Numbers 19, 38 and 341 travel from the West End to the theatre's own bus stop. Many buses travel from Waterloo, Liverpool Street, Euston and Kings Cross stations to the Angel.

Car
There are no turns into St. John St from Pentonville, City and Goswell Roads. The easiest route is from Pentonville Road into the west side of Claremont Square and down Amwell Street. Parking on Hardwick Street and other streets off Rosebery Avenue is free after 6.30pm Mon-Fri and from 1.30pm on Saturdays (heavy fines apply to parking in residents' bays). There is a large 24 hour car park in nearby Bowling Green Lane.

 

Airports

Stansted
Take the Stansted express to Tottenham Hale. Then take the Victoria line to Kings Cross station and transfer to the Northern line to Angel.

Heathrow
Take the Piccadilly line to Kings Cross station and transfer to the Northern line to Angel.

Gatwick
Take the Gatwick express to Victoria station, then the Victoria line to Kings Cross and transfer to the Northern line to Angel.

Where to stay for Breakin' Convention

If you’re coming from out of town there’s plenty of places to stay. Breakin' Convention at Sadler's Wells is based in Angel, Islington, London situated near several key transport links: Angel Tube Station (Northern line, 250 metres); King's Cross St Pancras and Euston.

Hotels

Double Tree by Hilton
60 Pentonville Road London,
Greater London
N1 9LA
+44 (0)20 7282 5500

Travelodge London Central Farringdon
10 - 42 Kings Cross Road,
Camden

Arriva Hotel London
47-55 Swinton Street,
Kings Cross,
London,
WC1X 9NT

St Marks Apartments
300 City Road,
London,
EC1V 2PW

Hostels

Keystone House Kings Cross
272-276 Pentonville Road
London
N1 9JY
+44 (0)20 7837 6444

Rosebery Halls
90 Rosebery Avenue
Clerkenwell
London
EC1R 4TY
+44 (0) 20 7107 5850

Clink 261
261-265 Grays Inn Road,
Holborn,
London WC1X 8QT
+44 (0)20 7833 9400

Clink Hostel
78 King's Cross Road,
London
WC1X 9QG
+44 (0)20 7183 9400

Journeys Kings Cross Hostel
54-58 Caledonian Road
London N1 9DP
+44 (0)20 7833 3893