Birmingham Hippodrome’s Young Community Drop-In Sessions have been developed by our Young Advocates.

Suitable for anyone aged 14+, these sessions have been designed to be creative outlets for young people and offer spaces to relax, connect with others and feel welcome.

Each drop-in session invites some of the best people currently working in the creative industries to host workshops looking at a range of art forms, skills and careers.

The sessions are open to young people of all levels and abilities and our Young Advocates are ready to support anyone who would like a buddy during the session or to have a chat in advance to find out more about the sessions.


Young Community Takeover at B-SIDE Hip-Hop Festival

Thu 8 Jun, 5 – 9pm

DJ Beats from Auden Allen

Auden is a producer contributing his eccentric style to many genres including Grime, Hip-Hop and soulful hybrids. He makes music for artists, theatre productions, adverts and movies. He has performed and produced work for BBC 1xtra, Echo Eternal, Birmingham Music Conservatoire, Symphony Hall, Tinker Tailor and many more. We’ll be enjoying his music throughout the evening.

DJ workshops with Selextorhood

Born out of imbalance and under-representation, Selextorhood started life in 2019 as monthly DJ workshops and has grown into a Birmingham-based community that supports women and gender minority DJs and producers.

Graffiti workshops with Panda

Panda is a graffiti artist who runs workshops showing young people how to use graffiti for art not crime. In these sessions you’ll get the chance to try graffiti for yourself, contributing to a mural and making something o take away with you!

Lyrics workshop with Sipho and Lady Sanity

Sipho Eric Ndlovu is a performance artist based in dance, acting and spoken word poetry. Having travelled internationally performing, Sipho is proud to be based in the West Midlands while he continues touring his current one man show and developing an EP.

Lady Sanity created “Go the Distance”, the official song of the Commonwealth Games handover ceremony, performed in Australia in 2018. She is a Birmingham based musician who is established in the UK rap scene, having been spotted by BBC Introducing, subsequently rocking three slots at Glastonbury and winning industry awards.

Dance workshops with Marshon Dance Company

Owned by directors Nathan Marsh and Melody Sinclair, Marshon is a local dance company that provides training programmes and classes for young people.

Waacking workshop with Eric

Eric is a dancer, performer and founder of Queer Side, as well as being a Young Community Drop in favourite! Eric’s workshop will lead us into our final hour of the evening, a jam session

Throughout the evening there will be food, music and good vibes. We’d love to see you there!