Music and dance exhibition explores Northern Soul, break and street styles

Photo: Freeze Force Crew performs in Church Square in the 1980s.

An explorative dance project by popular local hip hop ambassadors UC Crew is about to step up in St Helens as part of the award-winning Cultural Hubs, arts in libraries programme during Hip Hop History Month (November).

The group’s Northern Soul, Break Dance and Street Dance heritage project will explore these hugely influential cultural dance and music movements that have swept the borough since the 1970s.

UC Crew’s call out to the community for residents’ stories, photos and memorabilia of these movements has resulted in a unique and varied collection of findings, which you can enjoy at Chester Lane Library from Thursday 21 November to Wednesday 4 December.

The exhibition will launches with a preview event at the library on 21 November, from 5.30pm with dance, graffiti art and DJ workshops from 6pm. It’s fun, informative, free to attend and for everyone, but especially those with an interest in music, dance or heritage. Book your place online in person at Chester Lane Library or online at

Organiser Tom Glynn of UC Crew said: “It’s been fantastic to uncover the borough’s most recent history of our popular music and dance movements in St Helens and I would encourage everyone to celebrate our heritage with us. Following the exhibition all the photos and stories will be added to the St Helens Community Archive for future generations to enjoy.”



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