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Breakin' Convention 2023 Film Screening: Style Wars

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Free film screening, panel discussion and ‘Localism’ exhibition launch as part of Breakin’ Conventions 2023

 “The Holy Grail of hip-hop movies.”


Style Wars embraces the spirit of hip-hop as it exploded into the world from underground tunnels, uptown streets, clubs and playgrounds. New York’s legendary kings of graffiti own a special place in the hip-hop pantheon. This film is regarded by many as the definitive document of the emerging hip-hop culture and the continuing struggle to keep its authentic spirit alive.

There will also be a screening of Breakin’ Convention: 20 Years Strong (approx. 7 min). In 2004, hip hop theatre pioneer Jonzi D set his mind to creating a festival that would become the powerhouse behind a hip hop dance theatre revolution. 20 years (and festivals) later Breakin’ Convention is still going strong, accelerating the careers of now iconic names in hip hop and inspiring future generations of artists and fans.

Journey through Breakin’ Convention’s 20 year history and look back on unforgettable festival performances, from killer krump, to powerful popping and boss-level breaking. Experience how the sounds of hip hop have evolved over the years with a bespoke soundtrack by music producer Jammz.

Film screenings to be followed by panel discussion, and private view of Localism, an exhibition exploring Norwich’s relationship with Hip-Hop culture, presenting snapshots from the subcultures of Hip Hop and Graffiti Writing in Norwich.

The city has always had a flourishing culture that reaches local, national and international stages through DJ’s, Emcees, Breakers and Graffiti Writers, and this exhibition provides a brief look into this world.

Breakin’ Convention will be at Norwich Theatre Royal on 27 May 2023

Important information

Ticket prices: Free of Charge

Running time: Approximately 70 Minutes

Age recommendation: 16+ Guidance

Film Screening Times:
11 May – 7.00pm-8.10pm

Additional info:
Please note that screening will be held in Stage Two, Studio One.



“Evocative. Unforgettable. Style Wars emanates joy from both sides of the camera. A film that vibrates with the energy, poetry and color of an art form rising up from the streets.”
The Onion 

“A remarkable document of graffiti culture at its apex. After seeing Style Wars, one can’t help but long for a bit of the chaos and creativity of the graffiti years.”
New York Sun

“The importance of the film is even greater now than when it was released.”
Chicago Sun-Times


Stage Two

Eat & Drink

Fresh, seasonal, and locally sourced produce. Enjoy the best in food and drink  at our restaurant Prelude or a quick delicious bite before the show.

Getting here

Directions to  the Stage Two. Where to park near the Stage Two, drop-off & disabled parking plus public transport information.

Access Information

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