Student organises hip hop festival for Bath

A celebration of Bath’s hip hop scene will take place in the city centre this weekend, thanks to dance artist and University of Bath Pharmacy student, Arun 'Ryuazuki' Nadarasa who has organised South West Got Rhythm 2011.

The Bath Hip-Hop Festival is in its second year and will raise money for WaterAid. It aims to promote youths who take part in urban dance and activities by giving them the chance to attend dance workshops, compete or watch the events.

Arun is so passionate about dance that he is putting his own money into the event. The festival will include dance competitions, graffiti artists and market stalls.

Over 350 dancers from all over the UK and Europe will be involved, including competitors from France, Germany, Malta, Poland and Spain who will all be battling their way to the top.

Bboy Silk, a quarter finalist in the second series of Sky TV’s Got To Dance will be hosting a Newstyle/ LA dance workshop.

Arun said: “What started as a creative project for Bath’s local urban dance community - Elemental Family- has now turned into what promises to be an unforgettable festival.

“Wet Wipez, the biggest krumping (streetdance) family in the UK will be present, while the more daring ones can have the opportunity of participating in ‘1-on-1’ dance battles, or team competitions, with cash and merchandise prizes.” 

The festival is on Sunday 20 March from 12 noon to 8pm at two Bath locations: Green Park Station for B-boying and Chapel Arts Centre for Krumping, Popping, Locking, House and Newstyle.

At Green Park Station admission is free but donations to WaterAid are welcome. At Chapel Arts Centre tickets are £5 and will be on sale on the day, as well as a Waacking (disco) workshop from 11am to 1pm.

Dance workshops will also be held on Saturday 19 March at Fitness First dance studio from 12 noon to 8pm. An after-party has also been organised by All City Rockerz at Back to Mine from 9pm to 2am (Over 18s only).

Katherine Morgan, Marketing & Events Coordinator for Green Park Station, said: “We are really pleased we can support South West Got Rhythm. Arun is a passionate advocate of the hip hop dance scene and has put a lot of time, effort and his own money into putting on this event for the local community and dancers. This is going to be a very exciting festival for people to come and participate or watch.”

For more information or if you wish to have a stall at the event please visit South West Got Rhythm

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