First the bad news: Brazilian-born L7Matrix has to cancel, due to obligations in renewing his visa, which allows him to continue to live and work in the EU.
This bureaucratic spike in the wheels is as much a setback to him as it is to us. But for us, there is some good news to soften the blow: French duo Murmure is coming to the Afrikaanderwijk neighborhood, to take his place in creating a beautiful mural!
With their remarkable sense of humor, astonishingly detailed portraits in grey tints, and smart use of bright colors in specific elements, we have no doubts they’ll be a fantastic addition to the festival.
On September 15 at Rotterdam’s Afrikaanderplein POW! WOW! Rotterdam festival takes place. Besides mural art, live painting and an impressive lineup of musicians, we’re proud to present an international breakdance-program consisting of several battles, hosted HustleKidz with support by world-renowned b-boys such as Moy Rivas and Flea Rock.
B-BOYING RETURNS TO ROTTERDAM!
During POW! WOW! Rotterdam a full-fledged b-boy stage arises at the Afrikaanderplein. Throughout the day, it will the home of several spectacular battles!
There’s a 1-on-1 b-boy battle and for kids and young dancers (up to 16 years) there’s an allstyle-battle. The battles are hosted and organized by HustleKidz. This Dutch b-boy collective has been traveling The World for years and counts world champions such as Menno van Gorp, Xisco Riboch, Justen Beer, Kid Colombia and Shane among its members. Xisco: “We can finally put on a solid b-boy jam again in Rotterdam; for b-boys, by b-boys. HustleKidz has been building up its worldwide reputation for years. Now it’s time to bring the world to Rotterdam!”
INTERNATIONAL BATTLES AND BIG PRIZES
An internationally renowned jury will judge all b-boy battles. Legendary key players like Moy Rivas (USA), Flea Rock (USA) and Xisco (NL) will decide who takes home the prizes. HustleKidz invites the world’s top competitors, and launches an open call for all dancers that wish to join the fray. Xisco: “The top of the Dutch and European b-boy scene will challenge each other in a 1 on 1 competition. The winner receives a completely taken care of trip to POW! WOW! Hawaii to join the breakdance battles there, where they’ll represent Team POW! WOW! Rotterdam. Besides that amazing prize, a total of € 1000,- in cash prizes will be awarded to the top dancers as well.”
The dance program will also have several legendary exhibition battles, in which a selection of the best b-boys in the world will face off against each other in friendly matches. The first of these battles we can announce is Justen Beer (NL) vs. ZEKU (USA).
Want to join the battle?
Do you want to compete in the 1-on-1 battle tournament or join the allstyle kids-battle? Fill in the online form and the organization will contact you soon!
Do you want to be a volunteer during the most epic street art festival in the world? We can use your help! Fill in this form to apply and let us know how you’d be able to help! We’d like to welcome you to our family asap! ✌🏻