Due to the ongoing pandemic crisis, all performance dates are subject to change.
Dancers training in streets, dance halls, squares and pavilions. Each of them develops a unique personal style. Three rounds, thirty seconds. The first dancer begins. The second dancer responds to the challenge. They take turns asking and responding. The music, unknown to the contestants, is decided by a DJ. Victory is the goal.
For the first time in its history, the Athens Festival includes a break dance and hip hop battle in its official programme. These contests originated in USA in the late 1970s. They were often a way for ghetto gangs to settle their differences. The battles culture first came to Greece in the 1990s.
The Athens Festival battles will be split into two categories, featuring both Greek and international dancers, as well as renowned judges. On the first day (20 June), category is Break 1vs1, in which only individual break dancers are qualified to participate. On the second day (21 June), category is All Style Hip Hop 2vs2, in which pairs of different styles (hip hop, break, popping, locking) will compete against each other. The qualifying rounds, closed to the public, will start at 14:00, while the finals, open to the public, will begin at 18:00. The winner of each evening will receive a prize of 1,000 euros.
As part of the Athens & Epidaurus Festival 2020.
For the first time in its history, the Athens Festival includes a break dance and hip hop battle in its official programme.
To be announced.