SEOUL, South Korea — Going into its fifth year, R-16 B-Boy World Championship is considered one of the top five most revered b-boy tournaments in the world. Featuring b-boys from different parts of the globe carefully selected through regional preliminaries, and international rankings, it’s a World Cup for b-boys designed to determine the best of the best.
More than 200 b-boys from 16 different nations will participate at this year’s R-16 Korea. Due to the event’s positive feedback from previous years, international preliminaries were held from April 1st to the end of June in nine different countries including Japan, China, Russia, Vietnam and Kazakhstan.
While participants from Korea were determined in a regional competition on June 4th, European and American contestants were invited by their standings in world rankings, and will contend with international preliminary winners to compete in the finals.
The first day (July 2nd) will feature solo competitions of poppers, lockers, and b-boys, along with a guest showcase by former-2PM-leader Jay Park and his b-boy crew Art of Movement.
On the second day (July 3rd) the official b-boy group competitions kick off, followed by a special performance by the official spokesperson of R-16, hip-hop artist Tiger JK, singer/songwriter Yoonmirae, and their project group Sunzoo.
During the R-16 Korea 2011 B-Boy Masters Championship, the Urban Street Arts Festival will also take place throughout Olympic Park. The festivities include R-16 5th Year Anniversary photo exhibition, hip-hop photo exhibition, graffiti art exhibition featuring pieces by locally esteemed artists, an Asian graffiti competition, and an exclusive opportunity to experience graffiti culture firsthand. In addition, b-boy ciphers that encourage crowd participation, hip-hop street market, and various event booths will also be available.
F1 Korea Grand Prix will also participate as a sponsor to promote the upcoming F1 tournament that will commence on October in Yeongam, Jeollanamdo province. Photo booths featuring F1 racing girls will be on-site, and 40 tickets will be raffled away.
R-16 Korea 2011 tickets can be purchased through Interpark. Both Seat S and Standing cost KRW 20,000, while Seat A costs KRW 10,000.
The president of Korea Tourism Organization Lee Cham has stated, “through international preliminaries R-16 Korea is quickly becoming one of the newfound tide of the hallyu wave. With the support of b-boys from the hip-hop culture, intertwined with Taekwondo, Samulnori, and an orchestra, we will continuously mold R-16 as an influential festival sought after by youths across the world.”
R-16’s Mission: Not only is R-16 held to determine the world champions of b-boying, but it is also designed to develop the potential and creativity of Korean street artists. By using the event as a platform to introduce b-boys and local artists to the world stage, it intends to display the strength of Hallyu and expand the number of foreign tourists visiting Korea.
Date: July 2nd (Saturday) ~ July 3rd (Sunday)
Location: Seoul Olympic Park’s Olympic Hall
-Day 1 (July 2nd): Popping, Locking, B-Boy Solo Competition, and Showcase Battle Between Jay Park & AOM Against Red Bull All Star Team
-Day 2 (July 3rd): B-Boy Crew Battles, Special Hip-Hop Performances by Tiger JK, Yoonmirae, and Sunzoo, and Special Performance by Oneum Chamber Orchestra Collaboration with B-Boys
*Additional events will take place around the main stage throughout July 2nd and 3rd from 1 p.m. to 7 p.m.
*The events might chan
Sponsored By: Korea Tourism Organization
Supervised By: KBSN
Supported By: Ministry of Culture, Sports, and Tourism, Korea Sports Promotion Foundation, and the city of Uijeongbu.