In spring 2018, Team London Bridge launched a Culture Strategy for the area and appointed our first Arts Director, Ellie Beedham. This was in recognition of London Bridge having enormous potential to become a main stage for culture and arts, and the desire of the local community to make sure it continues to evolve as a vibrant, exciting place to live and work.
Since then, Ellie has worked tirelessly to start bringing high quality programming to London Bridge as we begin to alter perceptions and create a new understanding of the area as somewhere of genuine cultural significance to the capital.
A key part of this work is inspiring artists and producers to use London Bridge as their venue of choice, and in bringing Popcity UK vol.4 to Ugly Duck in January, Team London Bridge is helping the capital host an international dance competition.
Popcity vol.4 is the UK leg of the global Popcity competition. While fiercely competed, Popcity is a gathering that encourages learning and collaboration, bringing people from different cities and countries together to share ideas and grow the community.
On Saturday 5th January, London Bridge hosted 8 hours of competitive Hip Hop dance with 10 judges from across the globe deciding who will represent the UK at the Popcity finals, hosted at the end of 2019 in Asia. Dance battles will decide Popping, Hip Hop, Afrobeats, and Under 16 All Style categories, with tunes from top DJs and demos from the judges.
Popcity UK prides itself in being a family event and food and drink will be available throughout the day. The audience are as much a part of the day as the dancers and will be taking part in an authentic Hip Hop dance experience.
Popcity UK vol.4 is presented by Fiya House, commissioned by Team London Bridge, funded by Arts Council England and supported by Ugly Duck.
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