The Fi.ELD Festival – Live + Direct

Saturday 28 October & Sunday 29 October

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East London Dance hands over programming duties to its future innovators for a weekend-long interactive celebration of dance for young people by young people. 

The Fi.ELD’s Live + Direct Festival is a unique opportunity for young dance enthusiasts and artists to take part in professional workshops, international dance classes, freestyle jams and full-bodied fun! 

Blending entertainment and attainment there will be fiery dance battles and performances from emerging choreographers who are connected into the dance and theatre scene. Alongside this live element is the direct chance to perfect your dance resume with career building workshops and talks, and the opportunity to get that perfect headshot. Come along to this two day festival to plug yourself into the east London dance scene, collaborate with future dance leaders and kick-start your dance career journey.


  • 10am-12noon: Live Music Workshop with Francis Angol includes two live instrumentalists. Limited capacity. Sign up on the day.
  • 12noon-8pm: Dance games – Dance Revolution just like in the arcades (until 5pm) with Twister, Just Dance, and more going until 8pm.
  • 12:30pm-2pm: Hip Hop Workshop with Dani Harris, all levels welcome. Limited capacity. Sign up on the day.
  • 2pm-6pm: Hip Hop Hub – Will include a DJ, a beat producer, and a live drummer with an open style battle and an open art wall. Tickets to take part in the battle are £5 and available to book in advance or on the day.*
  • 3pm-7pm: Headshots – get a professional portrait to add to your portfolio or resume. Limited availability. You will be given the chance to secure a time slot once you have booked your festival ticket.
  • 6pm-8.30pm: After Party to end the night with a bar open to purchase drinks (ID will be required for alcohol).


  • 10-11am: Self-marketing talk with casting director Benjamin Newsome. Focusing on social media as a means to promote yourself and your work.
  • 11:10am-12:10pm: Professional standards talk with choreographer and associate director of Avant Garde Dance, Lisa Hood. How to conduct yourself as a professional in the industry.
  • 12:20pm-1:20pm: Starting a Company 101 talk with director of Just Us Dance, Joseph Toonga. Everything you need to know about starting a dance company.
  • 2:30pm-4pm: Afrobeats Workshop with Fumi Opeyemi. Limited capacity. Sign up on the day.
  • 3pm-6.45pm Headshots – get a professional portrait to add to your portfolio or resume. Limited availability. You will be given the chance to secure a time slot once you have booked your festival ticket.
  • 3pm-6.40pm: Showreel material – footage of your dance works.An opportunity to have some dance showreel material filmed. Limited availability. You will be given the chance to secure a time slot once you have booked your festival ticket.
  • 4:30pm-6pm: Contemporary Dance Workshop with Robia Milliner. Limited capacity. Sign up on the day.
  • 7pm-8pm: Dance Performance Showcase by emerging artists (requires a separate ticket to be purchased, see below).


  • Day 1 Pass (Sat) £10 (both days £15)
  • Day 2 Pass (Sun) £10 (both days £15) – excludes 7pm Dance Performance Showcase
  • Hip Hop Hub Participants (Sat) £5 – excludes access to other festival activity
  • Hip Hop Hub Audience (Sat) £7
  • Emerging Artist Performance Showcase (Sun) £5
  • Festival goers wanting to take part in workshops must sign up on the day on a first come first served basis – please note capacity is limited.
  • If you want to get a headshot or have showreel material filmed can book a slot in advancer via an Eventbrite link which will be shared you have booked your Day/Weekend Pass has been booked. Please note capacity is limited.

*Hip Hop Hup full details:

2 v 2 Openstyle battle with hosts – Chilly & Doosty; judges – Clint, Sharifa & Sam Lu; DJ – DBO; Vocalist x Producer – Magz (Breakin Nest) and Musician – Khaled (Drummer)

12:00-13:45 – Registration
14:00-15:00- Qualifiers (With DJ DBO)
15:30-16:15 – Top 16 (With DJ DBO)
16:15-16:45 – Top 8 (With DJ DBO)
17:00-17:30- Semi-finals (With Magz & Khaled)
17:30-18:00 – Finals (With Magz & Khaled)

The Fi.ELD Festival is presented by East London Dance and supported by Esmée Fairbairn Foundation and Arts Council England


The Fi.ELD Festival – Live + DirectThe Fi.ELD

DateSaturday 28 October & Sunday 29 October

TimeSat 10am - 8:30pm & Sun 10am - 8pm *doors open at 9:30am*

Location Stratford Circus Arts Centre
Theatre Square, Stratford, London, E15 1BX


Day 1 Pass (Sat) £10 (both days £15)
Day 2 Pass (Sun) £10 (both days £15)
Hip Hop Hub Participants (Sat) £5
Hip Hop Hub Audience (Sat) £7
Emerging Artist Performance Showcase (Sun) £5

Age Guidance

By phone: 020 8279 1080
In person: Stratford Circus Arts Centre





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