5th Element NI at Stendhal Festival 2018

Our team were delighted to be invited to be part of the kid's program on both the
Friday and Saturday at this year's Stendhal Festival, a perfect compliment to our
partners Elixir providing a live hip-hop showcase at the event.

With workshops focused on break dancing, B-Boy's Bart, Terry, Seba, Pash and
Breakwiser were able to showcase their skills and teach the basics to an extremely
enthusiastic audience and willing pupils as the Circus Tent filled to capacity, backed
with funky rhythms from DJs Andy Hasson and Militant Vinylist.

Breakdancing is one of the four elements of hip-hop along with MCing, DJing and
Graffiti art. It is an excellent way to keep fit, teaches the discipline of one's self and
promotes both physical and mental wellbeing.

Our volunteers at 5th Element NI are excellent when it comes to working with young
people. They are friendly, approachable and really know how to get everyone
involved and feel welcome, either one to one or in groups and this was plain to see
with their work over the weekend.

Everyone involved had a great time and we hope that next Summer we can bring not
only break dancing but a more expanded workshop program to Stendhal and other
festivals across the country. If you are involved in such events or know anyone that is,
do not hesitate to get in touch as we would love to get involved.

Once again thank you to all our volunteers for their time, energy and effort during the
festival, especially our cameraman Roskobiwan who was on hand to document
proceedings for us throughout.


Review: Urban Exposé @ The Foundry

Saturday 26th May saw our first official outing of 5th Element NI as it exists now, in
an all-day Hip-Hop Exposé exploring the four elements of hip-hop culture.
Held at Foundry (now The Palm House) our volunteers were on hand to deliver
workshops in breakdancing, DJing, graffiti & lyric writing to both entertain and
educate young people and their families who were in attendance.

We were blessed with good weather and the outdoor b-boy jam was a major hit, with
both members of 5th Element, local b-boys including crew members of Northern
Soles and young break dance students captivating the audience with their moves.
To the joys of the kids in attendance, and perhaps the dismay of their parents, our
good fortune outdoors also allowed for some graffiti experimentation involving cans
of spray pains and plywood boards, with creativity and self-expression the order of the
day. Portuguese artist Skillz was on hand to help them get to grips with some lessons in can
control.

Inside, it really was amazing for us to witness how quickly veteran John King's
teaching methods were soaked in at the DJ workshop, with children as young as 5
being able to show older participants the basics of scratching before the end of the
session.

This kind of learning truly embodies our ethos of "each one, teach one"  and indicates
that with keeping moving forward in this direction, the potential and interest is there
for us to mold the next generation of hip-hop in Belfast through the power of
knowledge and positivity.

To provide a look at the ever blossoming live hip-hop scene in the North, the evening
saw a special live performance with Belfast's Waking Android, Steve Loc & Durty
Devz being joined by the North Coast's DBMCs & Derry's North West Hip-Hop
collective for a few hours of beats and rhymes to round of an excellent day.
Special thanks to all our volunteers, attendees & participants on the day, especially
Roskobiwan for the camera work and B-Boys Pash, Seba, Oldie, Bart, Terry, Flexill,
Shadow, SamRoc and their students for really keeping the party going outside all day!