The Kennedy Center


Words Beats & Life Festival: Top Notch B-boy & B-girl Competition and Fine Lines Paint Jam

Sunday, November 5, 2017 12:00 PM

Hip Hop Culture

Celebrate the art forms of breakdancing and graffitti with FREE events presented by D.C. Hip Hop nonprofit Words Beats & Life.


Various Kennedy Center Locations

Run Time

7 hours


FREE, no tickets required!

Top Notch 2017

Top Notch 2017 is a 3v3 b-boy competition presented as part of the annual Words Beats & Life Festival. Watch as leading b-boys and b-girls from around the country defy the laws of gravity and compete for cash prizes, while legendary DJ’s spin the hottest tracks.

Registration opens at 12 p.m. in the Grand Foyer. Preliminary dance rounds begin at 3 p.m. and the final rounds will take place as part of the Millennium Stage series at 6 p.m. This performance will be streamed online via Facebook Live, YouTube, and the Kennedy Center website, and archived for future viewing.

Fine Lines Paint Jam
As a celebration of graffiti and fine arts, Words Beats & Life invites 30 D.C.-based artists to create live works of art at the Kennedy Center, complete with music from legendary DJs and food trucks. This year’s Fine Lines Paint Jam will draw inspiration from the classic Hip Hop film Wild Style.

Explore the art forms of Breakdancing and Graffiti with panels and workshops beginning at 12 p.m.
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All events and artists subject to change without prior notice.
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