StreetStar is a dance venue were people in different ages, genders, nationalities come together to vogue, battle and also just to have fun on the dance floor. It's a scene which I've been documenting for a while. It's a venue that bring such a joy and hope for overcoming a lot of the discrimination that we can see around us, not just in Sweden but also at other places in the world.
StreetStar, founded by the two friends and former dancers Joachim Hövel and Martin C Ferretti, is a venue or actually several venues that they been running since 2005, with the goal to create a positive forum for young people to express themselves creatively in dance and music. It's a cross-border and cultural platform for new experiences and encounters between youth from around the world.
StreetStar Festival, one of their major projects during the year, attracts over 5000 visitors and dancers, and not only the very young dancers, from more than 30 countries around the world.
Passion, equality, social involvement, educational purposes, and always best for the dancers and for the urban youth culture are the values that they work by. The founders want to break boundaries, share knowledge and joy, by being on the barricade for a new urban cultural diversity. They are passionate about visual experiences in the form of street dance festivals, underground performances, innovative installations and educational workshops.
The images below is glimpses from some of the StreetStar venues.