Tag: Dance

Summer by the River: Fiya House Hip Hop Weekender

Published on 07th July 2022

Saturday, 6 August 2022 12:00 – 22:00 Sunday, 7 August 2022 12:00 – 22:00 The Scoop, The Queens Walk, England, SE1 2AA A totally FREE programme, featuring interactive workshops for all the family – learn your top-rock from your Bart Simpson and your two-step from your cabbage patch! Watch pop-up performances from world-renowned dance artists, youth crews and incredible live DJs, bringing together local people to celebrate community spirit. Saturday is Family Day and Sunday is Social Dance Day. Sign up on the day for workshops, watch a dance battle or join one if you dare! All beside the most famous river in the world. PLEASE NOTE: All events are free – no tickets are required. Just turn up and enjoy yourself but be aware that capacity may be limited and will be allocated on a first come, first served basis. Presented by Fiya House, commissioned by Team London Bridge, and supported by London Bridge City.

Summer by the River 2022

Published on 16th May 2022

It’s been a long, hard winter, but better times are coming as Summer by the River returns to London Bridge City. Starting on 30 May 2022, it promises to revive weary workers, tourists and locals alike with three months of free entertainment set against stunning views of the capital. Running until 2 September, this year’s festival is bringing 1930s Miami vibes to the banks of the Thames over three locations – The Scoop, Hay’s Galleria and The Pier. At The Scoop, Art Deco inspired pop-up bar, The Riverside Terrace, will offer a little slice of South Beach complete with empanadas and piña coladas, while over at The Pier, Taqueria Garcia is bringing the heat with tacos and tequila. London’s largest free festival will celebrate Miami’s infamous party energy across all locations, with an eclectic programme of events that will put smiles on faces of all ages. The programme is themed by day and includes Gospeloke (a karaoke night backed by a live Gospel Choir), Dabbers Bingo (the much-loved game injected with music and performers), Hip Hop Weekender (interactive workshops and dance battles between world-renowned artists), Tears of Jenny Greenteeth (the London debut of a Ballet Folk performance), Twelfth Night (a modern take on the Shakespeare classic – set on Love Island), BBC Introducing (showcasing unsigned artists), Folk and Roots Stage (spotlighting grassroots music talent), Bunker (commissioned for the festival to bring to life WWII stories from local Southwark residents) and Swing Patrol (the well-known dance troupe). The opening week of the festival coincides with Her Majesty The Queen’s Platinum Jubilee. London Bridge City is one of the Beacon locations, with its ceremonial lighting on Thursday kicking off proceedings. Over four days, the big screen in The Scoop will air all the official celebrations. Set against a backdrop of historic royal buildings, with entertainment including the Tower Ravens Rapper Sword Dancers, Lewis-Merthr brass band and a tea dance led by Swing Patrol, Summer By The River is the perfect place to mark the milestone. Heading into July, the festival will embrace another British institution – Wimbledon – with the screen in The Scoop showing all of the key matches. This is Summer by the River 2022… and you don’t want to miss a beat.


Published on 28th September 2020

On October 7th, South London based organisation Ugly Duck is organising a dynamic contemporary performances show: @Disturbance. After 6 months of forced hibernation Ugly Duck is excited to open up the tannery’s doors with a night of exciting work performed to live and virtual audiences. Based around the exploration power dynamics, representations of queer bodies, identities and sexualities @Disturbance is an exciting showcase of works that will transcend the boundaries between digital & physical into a incandescent evening IRL (25 seats respecting social distance) and live streamed. Working with the promising computer artist from Goldsmith University, Robert Hall (B-Side Live) promises the online viewers an out of the ordinary, original visual experience. In between each performance the audience will be invited to discover fabolous work by video artists Danielle Brathwaite-Shirley, Sandra Araújo, Shu Lea Cheang exploring similar themes. Find out more Ugly Duck encourages engagement in the arts by working alongside communities and revitalising underused spaces, turning empty buildings into local assets through a curated programme of creative projects. At 47/49 Tanner Street London Bridge, Ugly Duck has shone light into a magical and complex building.

Fiya Works

Published on 25th September 2019

  Dates: 23-25 October 2019 Venue: Ugly Duck, 47/49 Tanner Street, London SE1 3PL On 23-25 October 2019, Fiya House presents Fiya Works – a three day intensive of inspirational Hip Hop dance workshops and industry talks led by world-renowned artists Brooke Milliner, Kashmir D. Leese, Robia Milliner and Kieran Warner. Watch the Battles! Public Showcase Friday 25th  On Friday evening, the event will close with a Freestyle Jam open to the public where dancers can showcase their new skills with live DJs. Tickets and more information here. Presented by Fiya House, commissioned by Team London Bridge, funded by Arts Council England, and supported by Ugly Duck.

Red Umbrella: The Scoop

Published on 30th July 2019

The Korean dance group The Move performs Red Umbrella in the spectacular location of The Scoop outside City Hall. 3.45-4.30PM Find out more Part of Totally Thames Festival September 1-30 

Shobana Jeyasingh Dance: Fluid Boundaries

Published on 11th June 2019

Shobana Jeyasingh Dance: Fluid Boundaries  Fri 14 June, 12.30-12.45pm & 1.30-1.45pm Working with professional dancers, architects and the local community, leading British contemporary dance company, Shobana Jeyasingh Dance and architecture practice, ft’work, explore the intricacies and architecture of Guy’s Courtyard at King’s College London in London Bridge. Through dance and movement they are taking over the space to explore complex physical, social and cultural boundaries. Participants are invited to join the community ensemble during their lunch hour  to challenge perceptions about a space they see and walk through every day. Fluid Boundaries is a collaboration with ft’work for the London Festival of Architecture. The project will be overseen by Shobana and architect Clare Richards, the founder of ft’work. Participants from Oaklands School and Mulberry School for Girls in Tower Hamlets and Green Candle Dance Company will work closely with company dancers and ft’work architects to create two inter-generational, site-responsive dance works. ft’work is a not-for-profit architectural practice committed to creating thriving communities and ensuring that social principles are adopted as a fundamental component of good design and development. Fluid Boundaries is part of the London Festival of Architecture 2019 programme. #LFA2019 www.shobanajeyasingh.co.uk. Guy’s Courtyard, King’s College London Guy’s Campus (opp. Science Gallery London) Great Maze Pond, St Thomas Street, London, SE1 9GU FREE Twitter: @SJeyasinghDance | Instagram: @shobanajeyasinghdance

Comida Fest 2019

Published on 06th June 2019

The biggest Latin American street food festival in London returns to Potters Fields Park for 2019,  bringing the most authentic street food, drinks and culture to the iconic riverside location.  Sample traditional and new flavours from across the continent with delicacies from Brazil, Mexico, Colombia, Argentina, Venezuela, Peru and more! Comida Fest also promises a sizzling cultural line up of Latin American music and dancers. You’ll also get the chance to shake the calories off with some free dance classes, including salsa and Zumba There’ll also be plenty of family-friendly activities, including face painting, storytelling and more. Find out more

Popcity UK Dance Competition comes to London Bridge

Published on 16th December 2018

Fiya House is excited to present Popcity UK vol.4, in association with Team London Bridge. On Saturday 5 January 2019, this renowned international dance competition arrives at London Bridge. Popcity UK is a space for emerging and established Hip Hop dancers of all ages from across the country to come together to train, share knowledge and to compete. It is open to anyone who is interested in watching or taking part in Street Dance. Popcity will see 450 UK dancers unite for the first Hip Hop event of the year. Featuring international judges, guest performers and live DJs, the battle will create an authentic Hip Hop experience with artists from around the globe and around the corner. Winners will have the chance to represent the UK at the Popcity Finals in Asia, in December 2019. Online Prices Competitors: £10 Spectators: £10 Groups of 10 or more: £8 On the Door Prices Competitors: £12 Spectators: £12 Schedule 11:00-12:00 Registration 12:00-16:00 Pre-selection for all categories 16:00-16:30 Break 16:30-18:00 Battles 18:00-18:30 Judge Demos 18:30-19:00 Finals Click here for full battle line up and tickets Popcity UK vol.4 is presented by Fiya House, commissioned by Team London Bridge, funded by Arts Council England and supported by Ugly Duck.

Fiya Works – Hip Hip Dance Workshops

Published on 29th August 2018

photo credit: Josh Rumbold On Saturday 22 September 2018, Fiya House presents Fiya Works – a day of inspirational Hip Hop dance workshops and a Freestyle Jam led by world-renowned artists Clara Badajo and Shawn Plague. Join in from 12pm-late at Ugly Duck, 47/49 Tanner Street, London SE1 3PL (nearest station: London Bridge). Prices start at £10. Find out more at www.facebook.com/fiyahousecrew Fiya Works leads to Popcity UK vol.4 on Saturday 5 January 2019. Popcity will see 450 UK dancers unite for the first Hip Hop event of the year. Featuring international judges, guest performers and live DJs, the battle will create an authentic Hip Hop experience with artists from around the globe and around the corner. Winners will have the chance to represent the UK at the Popcity Finals in China, in December 2019. Schedule 12:00-12:30 Registration 12:30-14:00 Clara Bajado Workshop (Hip Hop) 14:30-16:00 Shawn Plague Workshop (Popping) 16:30-19:30 Freestyle Jam (1 vs. 1 Hip Hop and 1 vs. 1 Popping) These events are open to anyone aged 7+ years that is interested in watching or taking part in Street Dance. Fiya House is a world-renowned collective of dance artists based in London, and has been a positive and consistent presence in the UK Popping Community since 2012. The collective aims to provide a platform for dancers to showcase their talent, network with other like-minded artists, and promote growth for the UK Hip Hop scene.  To inspire the next generation of dancers, Fiya House not only delivers not-for-profit weekly training sessions in London, but also invites international pioneers to the UK, to teach workshops and judge events throughout the year. Fiya Works and Popcity UK is presented by Fiya House, commissioned by Team London Bridge, funded by Arts Council England, and supported by Ugly Duck and the Mayor’s Office. Location Ugly Duck 47/49 Tanner Street London SE1 3PL (nearest station: London Bridge)  

London dances The NELKEN Line

Published on 03rd May 2018


People from across London came together on Sunday 22nd April to dance The NELKEN Line, as part of The Pina Bausch Foundation’s world-wide participatory project.  This famous sequence is from the Spring, Summer, Autumn, Winter line from NELKEN, 1982 by iconic German choreographer Pina Bausch. Watch out for familiar sights as the dancers weave their way through the London Bridge area, led by world-renowned dance artist Dickson Mbi. The venture forms part of a global project created in partnership with the Pina Bausch Foundation, Team London Bridge, London Bridge City, Potters Fields Management Trust, Network Rail, King’s College (Guy’s Campus) and Southwark Council.  Read more about The NELKEN-Line Project. An Interview with Dickson Mbi https://vimeo.com/266354950/49e277a81c. Dickson Mbi will feature in the BBC Four programme Tuesday, 8 May at 19.30 https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b0b2lx9h. He can also be seen performing his own work at Sadler’s Wells on 5 and 6 June at 8pm https://www.sadlerswells.com/whats-on/2018/akram-khan-company-portraits-in-otherness/