As most already know, Red Bull BC One will be changing its format for 2016. Red Bull decided it was time for a change of direction and took away the 6 Regional Championships and instead will replace them with what we would like to call Red Bull BC One Culture Camps. These camps will focus on bringing back the essence Hiphop back into the community through education.
Below is a statement taken from RedBullBCOne’s site:
Kicking off 2016, camps will be held in countries including Austria, France, Italy, Japan, and Ukraine, with new countries being announced soon. Check redbullbcone.com for details on a camp near you. These three-day events will include jams, workshops, open battles, talks, exhibitions, theater shows and more, celebrating Hip Hop, dance and culture. Each will focus on sharing knowledge, making connections and having fun.
The camps will reflect the creative landscape of the local scene and will incorporate other elements of Hip Hop, urban dance and creative expression, alongside breaking. They will then culminate in a Red Bull BC One Cypher where the winner will get a chance to battle for a place at the World Final.
WHATS THE LAST CHANCE CYPHER?
The World Final is returning to its roots of being invitation only, with one open spot to be determined by a Last Chance Cypher. Throughout 2016, Cyphers will take place in every corner of the globe, with winners being flown to the Last Chance Cypher in Nagoya, to take place on December 1, two days before the World Final.
This Last Chance Cypher will represent an incredible cultural exchange as B-Boys will come in from all over the world to prove their skills on the dance floor and battle in an attempt to earn that one coveted spot on the ultimate stage. The winner will compete in the World Final alongside a line-up of Wild Card entries, chosen by an international team of B-Boy experts.
And There you have it. You can read more details about the changes at RedbullBcOne.com.
I (Mex) am super excited about the changes taken place within Red Bull BC One. With our community having such an emphasis on “competition” it is very important for events to include the cultural side of Hiphop to the youth. The magnitude and reach that BC One has with the youth makes it a great event to reach out and teach.
RESPECT TO BC ONE for this!