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Limerick’s epic Top 8 Dance Festival will take place this March!

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Top 8 Festival 2022 – Limerick’s annual Hip-Hop and Street Dance Festival celebrates the urban community of Limerick.

Limerick’s epic Top 8 Dance Festival will take place this March!

By I Love Limerick correspondent Caoimhe Siochru

Top 8 Dance Festival 2022

There are many exciting activities and events lined up for all to enjoy over the weekend.

The 2022 Top 8 Hip-Hop and Street Dance Festival is set to rock the streets of Limerick and celebrate hip-hop and street dance culture this coming March! The festival will take place on Catherine Street on Saturday, March 19 and at the Wickham Way on Sunday, March 20. There are many exciting activities and events lined up for all to enjoy.

There will be a family-friendly ‘Block Party’ that will kick off at 12 pm until 6 pm on the Saturday, which will be free for spectators. There will be many fun activities such as face painting, balloon modelling, music showcases, breakdance and hip-hop dance battles and even graffiti artists, who will be seen on Catherine Street for 6 hours. There is a competing fee of €10 for those who want to show off their talents and battle it out on the streets of Limerick. There will also be an after-party at the Commercial bar for over 18s! There will be a €10 entry fee, or free entry for those who competed earlier in the day.

An exciting line-up of amazing DJ’s and rap artists have been announced, to provide everyone with the best of hip-hop and world music. The line-up includes Citrus Fresh, Krome, KeSTine, Ophelia and Zibbster.

There will be a variety of workshops taking place on Wickham Way on Sunday, March 20. A breakdance workshop will take place from 1 pm until 2 pm, followed by a hip-hop workshop from 2:30 pm until 3:30 pm. An afro-fusion workshop will finish up the day from 4 pm until 5 pm. These workshops are open to all ages and levels of experience. Each workshop costs €10, or €20 for all 3 events!

Top 8 Dance Festival 2022 is an exciting way for the people of Limerick to come together and celebrate the art of street dance and hip-hop. Executive producer, Deborah O’Connor, said, “This event will help reach our goal of achieving national recognition for hip-hop as a high-level art form and bring a well-needed celebration of art, music, dance and voice to Limerick City. There is incredible talent in Limerick and in Ireland in general, which spans across diverse groups of individuals. We are privileged to be able to showcase this talent in our home city of Limerick.”

Tickets for the Top 8 Dance Festival 2022 can be purchased HERE

For more hip-hop stories, go HERE 

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