Roots Up! by Street Factory (TBC)

The Roots Up! Hip Hop festival was scheduled to take place on the final night of the British Firework Championships, but has been postponed as a mark of respect to those who lost their lives during the tragedy in Plymouth.

Plymouth’s Street Factory issued the following statement:

"Due to the sadness in Me & Jo’s Hearts & in our Community, we have decided to postpone our Roots up festival. This is out of respect for the families, we feel it’s not the right time for this type of high energy event. Roots up will still take place at a later date, when it feels right for us & our Community “ Toby G & Joanna Gorniak.

Shining a spotlight on Hip Hop music, dance and culture, and throwing down a mass dance challenge for the whole community, the event was originally scheduled as part of the Mayflower 400 commemoration weekend in early July but was forced to cancel at the last minute when the relaxing of Covid restrictions was delayed. 

Toby and Jo Gorniak, founders of the award-winning Street Factory Hip Hop social initiative, were determined to fulfil their dream to showcase the talents of professional and emerging artists and to demonstrate that Hip Hop is a positive and inspirational culture that people of all backgrounds and ages can connect with. 

Working closely with Plymouth City Council, this thrilling two-hour production will present multiple creative elements of Hip Hop, including breaking or b-boying, MCing, DJ-ing, graffiti, rapping, poetry and spoken word, plus a bonus touch of R&B. 



Street Factory CIC works closely with communities in and around Plymouth, specialising in helping young people and community members from different backgrounds with a variety of abilities and needs. The group has been connecting audiences, young people, artists and practitioners for the last ten years.

Fuelled by a deep rooted passion, commitment, determination and philosophy the group creates a springboard that empowers and enables young people to see their potential while understanding the positive impact they can have within their community. 

The dance is set to the inspirational soundtrack of a brand new Hip Hop track called STF That’s the Fam, its lyrics written with the Mayflower’s 400th anniversary in mind to deliver a powerful message promoting the Street Factory values of respect, peace, love, freedom and having fun.

A series of thoughtful Hip Hop theatre pieces will feature the skills of current members of the Street Factory family as well as those who have gone on to reach professional level in the wider world of Hip Hop, dance and production, plus original music and words with themes chosen to reflect the Mayflower migration.


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