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Breakin’ Convention – International Hip Hop Festival

On 23rd and 24th May, Breakin’ Convention (the international festival of hip-hop dance theatre) came to Curve, Leicester for the first time. Breakin’ Convention is an award-winning and critically acclaimed organisation that represents the origins and evolution of hip hop culture from around the world and around the corner. The festival brings dancers, rappers, beat-boxers and graffiti artists into the theatre.

I was brought in to produce two films for the event: one documenting the festival and a second short-film on hip-hop culture in Leicester. This second film will explore hip-hop’s transient nature and influence amongst other music genres, centred around celebrated DJ Jon 1 st who is an online DMC world champion with a history of competing in hip-hop DJ battles.

The festival, hosted by Jonzi D, Mr Shay and John Berkavitch, was a great success featuring international acts such as the Soweto Skelton Movers, Tentacle Tribe and Just Dance. I am now in the process of putting the first film together.

Just Dance

Just Dance – Breakin’ Convention, CURVE, Leicester

‘Consequences’, a Film by Strictly Arts

As part of Strictly Arts, I’ve spent the last week shooting an anti-knife crime film in and around Birmingham. The project is funded by Derby City Council and the film will be released later this year. This is Strictly Arts first film and has been a lot of fun to shoot. It stars Keiren Amos, Khalid Daley, Phoebe Frances Brown, Reisz Amos, Aimee Powell and Nathaniel McIntosh, and is directed by Strictly Arts Artistic Director, Corey Campbell.

I’m delighted to say that the film, entitled ‘Consequences’, has caught the attention of a high-profile organisation and Strictly Arts are currently negotiating a commission to extend the film into a series. Hopefully, I’ll be able to release more information about this soon!

Khalid Daley

Khalid Daley

Special thanks to everyone who’s been involved with making this project a success.