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Festival2Funky brings poetry, slam, dancing, graffiti and family raves to Leicester

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Festival2Funky brings poetry, slam, dancing, graffiti and family raves to Leicester

Now in its 11th year, Festival2Funky 2024 will be a 3-day celebration of Black music and arts, running from 24-26 May.

The festival will host a range of events aimed specifically at family audiences, to ensure that everyone can come down and enjoy the fun this Bank Holiday Weekend. Managed by 2Funky Arts, this year’s festival is its most diverse yet embracing Black music genres, including hip-hop, dub, UKG, amapiano, dancehall, jungle, afrobeat, jazz, soul, R&B, grime, and drum & bass.

Friday Flavas & We Are LC                                          

Fri 24 May, 2Funky Street Kitchen 17.00-22:00 Free Entry

A great, free-to-attend event for all the family, with food from Chilli Guys, the YELLO YARD and The Bubble waffle bar. Music performances from CHICHI and Lady Affirmation amongst others, alongside DJs, a bouncy castle, face painting and games for the kids.

Poetry Slam & Workshop                                            

Sat 25 May, 2Funky Street Kitchen, 12:00-13:00, Free Workshop, 13:00-16:00, Slam Event, tickets £5 to enter.

A poetry slam competition with a cash prize of £200 for the winner, hosted by Jamaican-born poet Ty’rone Haughton, whose multi-layered poetry focuses on social issues, identity and exploring the darkness within us all.

Contestants aged 14+ can sign up on the day or email for three competitive slam rounds, with three minutes per original poem allowed (points deducted for going over time!) Budding poets can also attend a FREE poetry workshop (pre-slam).

Too Fast Breaking Battles Volume. 4

Sat 25 May, 2Funky Music Café, 12:00-17:00, tickets £5

Hosted by the charismatic Sir Swifty, join us for an afternoon of extreme Dance Battles, with £400 in cash prizes available in rounds of Under & Over 14’s. Witness 1V1 Dance Battles, as well as an open age 2V2 Dance Battle!  Judges for this year include “Kev ‘bboy’ Meaway Kallon” from the Netherlands (representing payback season with over 10 years in the game). Also on the panel is “Foggy,” representing Sin Cru, Battle Cats & Trinity Warriors (nationally respected bboy & legend on the UK scene) and “3 Marius” (Redbull Romania 3X champion).

Graffiti Workshops @ Festival2Funky 2024         

Sat 25 May, 2Funky Music Café & Garden, 12:00-17:00, Free to Attend

Free to attend for all ages. Why not come and try something new or hone your skills by taking part in cutting-edge live graffiti art! Workshops held at the 2Funky Music Café and Garden.

Festival2Funky Family Rave       

Sun 26 May, 2Funky Street Kitchen. 12:00-14:00, tickets £5

Hosted by DJ Mugsy, this is an event for young children and their parents to play, dance, party and create! Expect Hair Braiders, Face Painting, a Colouring Station, a Bubble Machine and a dancefloor with the very best R&B, UKG, Reggae and Club Classics brought by DJ Kye. There’ll also be food available, games, competitions, and prizes to be won!

This year’s family programme adds to a thrilling lineup of headliners for this year’s Festival2Funky including British rapper/ singer Lady Leshurr, soul singer Natasha Watts, renowned Reggae artist Pressure Busspipe, international Hip-Hop group The Beatnuts, soul duo Children of Zeus, and BBC 1Xtra DJ and presenter DJ Day Day.

To find out more or to get your tickets visit www.2funkyarts.co.uk Under 16s need to be accompanied by an adult.

Festival2Funky 24-26 May 2024, The 2Funky Complex, New Park St, Leicester, LE3 5NH

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