Side & Pre-events

Prior to the event and during the event weekend, there will be several activities highlighting breaking and hip hop.

More info on these activities will be available soon on this page.


When: 23 & 24 September

Where: Het Depot, Leuven

What: On Saturday night and Sunday night, 2 afterparties will take place at the Depot. Come along and dance to the music of some top hip-hop DJs.

Kinepolis Urban Movienight

When: September 21 – evening

Where: Ladeuzeplein, Leuven

What: Come to our Urban drive-in movienight with an urban vehicle! A skateboard, cargo bike, inline skates,… It’s all possible! Park them on our parking lot at the Herbert Hooverplein and enjoy a free urban movie in the official World Cup arena!

We will be showing the breaking movie ‘Breaking Point’ by Max Giwa and Dania Pasquini for the very first time.

This exclusive viewing will start at 8pm and works with free admission. 

In collaboration with Kinepolis & Just Entertainment

Crew battles

When: 22 & 23 September

Where: Ladeuzeplein, Leuven
             Grote Markt, Leuven

What: On Friday 22 September, the qualifiers of the crew battles will take place in the main arena. Come compete with your crew in various battles on the dance floor of the World Championships.

On Saturday night 23 September, the finalists will battle against each other to take home the title of best crew.


When: September 23 & 24 

Where: Grote Markt & Martelarenplein, Leuven

What: Join our workshops on Saturday and Sunday! All workshops are free to join.

Don’t have any experience yet, but you want to discover breaking? Our start to break workshop is perfect for you!

  • Saturday 23/09 from 12:00 until 16:00 @Martelarenplein
  • Sunday 24/09 from 13:30 until 17:30 @Grote Markt

More advanced? No worries, the full ILL-Abilities crew will give a workshop where you can perfect your technic and moves. This workshop is free, you can register at the location of the workshop.

  • Sunday 24/09 from 12:00 until 13:30 @Grote Markt


Zwerfkeet is joining us in Leuven from the 18th of September until the 24th. Record your own music for free with the Zwerfkeet professionals and perform your new songs during the showcase in the main arena on the 22nd of September!

  • 18/9 Martelarenplein–  15:00 until 22:00
  • 19/9 Martelarenplein –  15:30 until 22:00
  • 20/9 Sint-Maartendal – 13:00 until 22:00
  • 21/9 Bruul – 15:30 until 22:00
  • 22/9 Final showcase in the main arena @Ladeuzeplein – 22:00 – 23:00

In collaboration with Sony Music, Burn Leuven and Graffiti vzw.


ILL-ABILITIES™ is an International Breakdance Crew comprised of eight members from around the world:

  • Luca “Lazylegz” Patuelli (Canada)
  • Jacob “Kujo” Lyons (USA)
  • Sergio “Checho” Carvajal (Chile)
  • Redouan “Redo” Ait Chitt (The Netherlands)
  • Jung Soo “Krops” Lee (South Korea)
  • Samuel Henrique “Samuka” da Silveira Lima (Brazil)
  • Lucas “Perninha” Machado (Brazil)
  • “Junior” Bosila Banya (France)

The crew gets its name from the standard in hip-hop culture of using a negative term to refer to something positive. Examples of this can be heard in studios or at competitions where dancers compliment each other by saying they were bad, nasty or mean. The “ill” in ILL-ABILITIES™ does not refer to “sick” or “unwell” but rather to incredible, amazing, intricate, talent.

Rather than seeing the negative limitations of “disability”, this crew focuses on their positive, or “ill”, abilities.

The crew will perform during the evening breaks on Saturday and Sunday at the Lotto WDSF World Breaking Championship.

Do you want to enjoy their theathershow? You can see them perform on the 21st of September in 30CC.

Beatbox battle

When: 23 September

Where: Ladeuzeplein, Leuven

What: During the World Cup we will hold a real beatbox battle during the break on Saturday at our public plaza. Don’t miss out on some crazy beats.

Sportzomer - Sport Vlaanderen

When: 19/7, 9/8 & 10/8

Where: City Park, Leuven

What: Sportzomer guarantees a summer full of sports, games and fun with the whole family.

During July and August, you can spot us in 8 coastal cities on the sea dyke, the beach and in the water. Together with a lot of sports federations, we provide a wide range of well-known and less well-known sports, including breaking!

Kids 1 on 1

When: Saturday 23 September

Where: Grote Markt, Leuven

What: The Legacy Leagues are organised every year all over Flanders in collaboration with a local partner. It is a unique battle concept developed for beginners and advanced breakers.

On Saturday 23 September, there will be a Legacy League in Leuven’s Stadspark. During the finals, the spotlight will be on the kids, as it will take place in the main arena of the World Cup itself.

50 years of Hip Hop - Scratch showcase

When: 24 September

Where: Ladeuzeplein, Leuven

What: During the World Cup, we will organise an old school scratch showcase with the best scratching dj’s from Belgium! Come and have a look at this showcase in honour of 50 years of Hip Hop at our main arena.