The Notorious IBE 2013 will go ahead following deliberation between organisers, local authorities and international dance community pressure online.


It comes 11 days after the annual hip hop dance festival’s future was questioned after IBE posted on its Facebook page that the involved parties were unable to hold the event this year, which was later revealed to be due to a cut in funds.


The city of Heerlen that holds the event, the province of Limburg in the Netherlands, SCHUNCK, the local cultural institution based in Heerlen and the Notorious IBE board members reached an agreement last night to see it through for 2013.

The apparent cancellation of IBE last week prompted an international reaction from hundreds of dancers online (main picture) to put pressure on the parties involved in making the event happen including writing to the mayor of Heerlen and contacting local press.

Founded in 1998 the event brings in over 10,000 hip hop dancers to the city for its b-boy, locking, popping and tricking events, battles, showcases, workshops, discussion panels and more. It took a two year break from 2006 moving from its original location of Rotterdam to the city of Heerlen in 2008.

The Notorious IBE 2013 will be the 13th edition of the international festival with a line up to be announced in the upcoming months.