LIBYA: Breakdance and Parkour

The b-boying scene in Libya started around 1999-2000 and is now since Qaddafi's death gaining new momentum. More and more young guys are starting to break dance and doing parkour. It is a way of expressing their feelings, rebelling against conservative powers and also staying sane in times of constant political turmoil and violence. The guys meet to practice in an old basketball hall or a public park several times a week. The parkour guys find unused sandy spaces and create their own obstacle parkour where they practice crazy somersaults and dangerous jumps. Once in while break dance festivals take place in central public spaces in Tripoli with dozens of participants and hundreds of spectators. Graffiti is even younger with murals and writings in public spaces only started to appear during the revolution in 2011. Before it was illegal and punishment could be severe. Now slowly a graffiti scene is starting to develop.

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