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The b.supreme Festival for Women in Hip Hop Sponsorship Pack
The b.supreme FestivalFounded in 2005, b.supreme is the only UK festival and all-female celebration of women in Hip Hop. Voted Time Out Magazine’s Best Dance Event in 2009 it is an amazing and empowering event that brings together female breakers, dancers, musicians, MC’s, film- makers, DJ’s and Hip Hop pioneers from all over the world presenting polished performances and raw dance battles side by side. Each year the festival has evolved to include new concepts, new training initiatives and new artists. The demand for this unique festival is seen in it grow a 7,000+ fan base (facebook & Twitter) and advance box office sell out at the Southbank Centre’s Purcell Room every year. Hip Hop has become the voice of young people, breaking down racial, ethnic, gender, class, language and regional barriers and has emerged as the great cultural bridge for our times. Hip Hop is more prominent now than ever before and plays a hugely important role in giving people across many age and demographic groups a platform for expression. b.supreme have contributed hugely to the UK Hip Hop movement.
The History of b.supreme The b.supreme festival premiered at London’s Southbank Centre in 2006 as the first and (still) only, festival dedicated to bringing together the best female talent within every Hip Hop discipline. Since then, the festival has collaborated closely with an impressive international line up Including: The original Bgirl and hip hop icon Rokafella, UK Female sensation Kymberlee Jay, Mercury Award winners Speech Debelle & Soweto Kinch, UK MC Ms Dynamite and World Female Beatbox Champion Bellatrix. Since 2006, b.supreme has showcased 817 professional artists from the UK, America, Russia, Italy, Holland, France, Japan, Hungary, Spain and Brazil and have engaged more than 500 young women in intensive education initiatives, which have lead to high profile performance opportunities all over Europe Since 2006 b.supreme has been held at the Southbank Centre taking over the Purcell Room, Queen Elizabeth Hall, Living Room and Clore Ballroom spaces. The Festival is recreated each year involving performance, battles and workshops with sell-out audiences of 300 each night in the Purcell Room to over 2000 each day on the Ballroom floor
b.Supreme is produced by South London dance charity Independence who began in 1998. Specialising in the development of Hip Hop dance andjoining up dance access, education, training and performance, independance provides an uninterrupted pathway for young dancers andperformers who want to extend and develop their skills.Following a particularly disastrous hip hop Dance tour in 2005 which featured misogynistic male dancers, Independance Director JudiMcCartney decided to investigate the possibility of an all female hip hop event with the hope that in bringing the women of this excitingculture to the foreground Independence could inspire young women and platform positive female role models. “b.supreme can be summed up in one word…Empowerment!” Hattie Collins, The GuardianFollowing exciting discussions with the Southbank centre, the festival was booked into the 2006 programme and there began b.supremeDirector Holly McCartney’s quest to dispel the stereotype of women in hip hop being all but lap dancers in hot pants. A year, 4 countries and awhole lot of begging later, the b.supreme festival was born. Featuring an international line up of solo artists and companies formed from theremoval of their male counterparts, the festival received hoards of press and public interest based mostly on curiosity. Were women in hip hopever going to be as good as men? Yes. Could women really spin on their heads? Yes, they most certainly could.Needless to say, the festival sold out weeks in advance and was signed up on the spot for the following year. Six years on, b.supreme doesn’thave to hunt for female companies as there are now many amazingly talented all-female dance companies and music artists all over the worlddue to the resurgence of hip hop and the platform that was created by independence.There have been many highs and lows along the b.supreme journey but one thing Independence are most proud of is that b.supreme hassuccessfully disrupted the preconception of woman in hip hop. Any person who has been to a b.supreme event will leave knowing the depth ofquality and passion within female hip hop artists. It is the women in hip hop who are truly representing the balance and collectiveness that hiphop culture was founded upon. It is women who can truly bring the hip hop art forms to the mainstream in the UK.
The Four Strands of b.supreme Since its inception, education has been a crucial element to the b.supreme programme, and in 2008 we partnered with the County Sports Partnerships programme to launch an initiative called Dare2Dance, specifically Throughout the year, b.supreme are targeting young women aged 14-24years. asked to perform at outside events In the last four years we have put on 4 and festivals, (Big Chill) award shows Set up in 2011, Studio b. is South competition events and worked in Partnership London’s hub for hip hop dance (Tedx London) or community with 19 London Boroughs and schools in functions (Barbican Street Festival) training. Surrey and Kent. When working on a one off event we Studio b. is dedicated to providing create projects which target specific The D2D project has been a phenomenal the highest quality hip hop dance groups and devise programmes to success and aims: classes from our unrivaled network fulfil most briefs. We set up both To increase participation in physical activity of world class teachers, for students performances and education of young women and girls through dance of all levels in every style of hip hop outreach initiatives like dance dance. To widen access to dance by reaching and workshops, DJ training or Beat Box engaging priority groups including disabled workshops which can be delivered young women, those from lower socio- Studio b also run an Artist over several weekends and introduce economic groups, those less engaged at school Development programme which young people to inspiring workshop and from Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic provides free studio space for a leaders. communities. number Female dance companies Whatever the activity, b.supreme needing support. To provide outstanding headline events that always inspire and provide positive showcase the artistic development of the female role models. urban dance genre and for inclusion withinUK’s Festival for Women in Hip Hop the 2012 Olympic Games ceremonies. To develop a defined, accessible progression, structure for gifted and talented dancers.
Press and Media Coverage b.supreme has enjoyed a huge amount of press coverage and interviews with The Guardian, Metro,Time Out, Evening Standard, The Times, The Guide, The Big Issue, BBC1Xtra, Kiss100 Radio, BBC6 Music, manydance publications as well as various French, Dutch and Arabic media channels In 2010 b.supreme featured on Blue Peter when presenter Helen Skelton was set the challenge oflearning how to dance, showcasing her new talents in the International Bonnie & Clyde Battle with child dancer Akai In 2011 b.supreme Director, Holly McCartney, wasinvited to speak about women in hip hop at London’s TEDx conference, taking a dance company along to perform at the Bloomberg Centre
Sponsorship In 2012, b.supreme will be moving to a new venue in East London which will be reflective of the urban nature of the Hip Hop art form. In 2013, As well as the 3 day international festival, b.supreme will be embarking on it’s first UK tour In this new phase from 2012 onwards, b.supreme is seeking a Title Sponsor. The festival offers the opportunity to be Title Sponsor of this unique a festival held in a Central London venue which empowers the female role within Hip Hop and continues to inspire young women throughout the world within this fabulous art form As Title Sponsor, you will receive: •Name featured in any press coverage, Marketing or Social Media as ‘b.supreme festival sponsored by…’ •Name on Tickets •Logo/Image Graffiti art on the wall of the venue on a busy EC2 Street for festival duration •Tickets and private area at the festival •Signage/Banners at the venue •Logo featured on stage In exchange, we are seeking financial support to put on the main festival and support it’s ongoing development.
Contact Information & Links For more information about the b.supreme Festival or to arrange a meting. Please contact Holly McCartney Festival Director +44 (0) 7903 740 626 email@example.com To get an idea of the festival, please view these links: b.Supreme 2010http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MGjskZRaT2c&featur e=autoplay&list=UUscMim6kn- vh7k0KAtbcvdg&lf=plcp&playnext=1 b.Supreme 2011 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3Y5o2e1An-Q