M3NSA (centre left) and LyricL (centre right) with children at Hip Hop Hospital at Liverpool Alder Hey. Photo by Adam Tallon
Sadler’s Wells’ hip hop dance project Breakin’ Convention has received funding from BBC Children In Need to continue its acclaimed Hip Hop Hospital, a project delivering a programme of hip hop related activity to children’s hospital wards across the country.
The Hip Hop Hospital sees Breakin’ Convention Artistic Director Jonzi D and artists from the company’s education team visit children’s hospitals across the UK to bring interactive workshops in rap, music, dance and graffiti to hospital bedsides and social areas.
Breakin' Convention has been awarded £63,000 by BBC Children In Need to deliver the Hip Hop Hospital to a further six children’s hospitals over the next three years.
David Ramsden, Chief Executive of BBC Children in Need, said: "We are delighted to be supporting Breakin' Convention, which is one of hundreds of projects we support that help children and young people across the UK. We can only do this due to the incredible generosity of our supporters and they should all be really proud."
Hip Hop Hospital, which began in 2009 with an inaugural programme at Great Ormond Street, offers a combination of group work and one-to-one sessions with the industry leading artists Breakin’ Convention provides. Young patients learn many of the key skills involved in hip hop culture, from how to sketch graffiti and spray paint, to writing raps, recording tracks and making beats. They also learn elements of filming and photography, as well as discovering more about hip hop history.
Each of the workshops are filmed and documented as a short film incorporating the children’s music and raps as soundtracks, their art work as visuals, and recording the interaction between the patients and the artists for the children to keep after the project.
Jonzi D, Breakin’ Convention Artistic Director and an Associate Artist at Sadler’s Wells, said: “Hip Hop Hospitalbrings young people engagement and excitement into an environment that is otherwise seen as an unpleasant place to be, particularly for long term patients.”
Breakin’ Convention’s Hip Hop Hospital crew have previously visited Great Ormond Street, Birmingham Children’s Hospital and Alder Hey Children's NHS Foundation Trust in Liverpool. A short documentary on Breakin’ Convention’s visit to Liverpool Alder Hey can be found online
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