The launch of the third Brighton Hip Hop Festival was celebrated by hundreds of fans at the Sallis Benney Theatre, Grand Parade on Saturday 18th March. Held in conjunction with the University of Brighton¹s Cultural Programme, the launch showcased high profile live artists, breakdancers, street artists and DJs. The day also included a screening of South Coast documentary, hiphop workshops and the announcement of this summer's programme.
Visitors were presented with live street art and breakdancing demonstrations, which proved particularly popular with the younger members of the audience. Professional breakdancers shared the stage with children keen to get involved and learn a few tricks. The afternoon kicked off with a music showcase that included Zebra Traffic Record's DJs Simpson and Tyni, and live performances from The Greenkeepers, Surgical Cuts and The Menagerie, all of whom impressed the crowd with their energetic and entertaining performances.
The event culminated in a breakdancing battle jam between Born To Rock Crew and Rumble Dancers, who performed as part of internationally touring theatre production in collaboration with the Garner Arts Centre. This high octane spectacle was considered the highlight of the day for many attendees and further helped to challenge negative stereotypes with its friendly competitive edge.
By providing a diverse and accessible showcase of the different elements of hip hop culture, the launch day helped to portray and solidify Brighton Hip Hop Festival's core aims and overall vision, and encourage involvement and interaction for July's principal events.
The Brighton Hip Hop Festival is a not-for-profit organisation working to promote and celebrate the history, heritage and the future of hip hop culture. The event positively highlighted the benefits the festival provides to the community and wider audience. It showed that the festival can be a unifying force, transcending all barriers of race, class and age and encourage positive change through hip hop culture. The 2006 Brighton Hiphop Festival Programme can be viewed in this Word document.