Central, better known for being a business district, chic hangout and designer shopping spot, will next month get a dose of street culture with live DJs, breakdancing and graffiti shows. Following on from the success of last year's Eating Dogs Tour and in celebration of Le French May, the French international group Eating Frogs Tour will showcase hip hop culture in Hong Kong, Shenzhen and Shanghai. The collective will transform Lan Kwai Fong into a vibrant street party on May 12 from 9.30pm till late. 'The best thing about this year's party is the support we have had from local artists and partners,' said Ceet, a world-renowned graffiti artist. 'It means there will be even more energy and passion for this event.' Hip hop culture took shape in the Bronx, New York, in the 1970s. Since then, it has spread across the world and has become both a culture and a way of life. Although hip hop culture embraces a variety of activities, the key pillars are DJing, emceeing, breakdancing and graffiti. Hip hop was popularised in France by radio DJ Dee Nasty in 1981. It is now a major music genre and subculture, particularly in southern France. 'Hip hop culture is now a huge part of my life. I spend all my time on design, graffiti and music,' said Ceet. For this year's tour, the collective will give the show a French flavour. DJ Get Down, one of Europe's hottest R&B and hip hop DJs, will also perform. He says that, because of the high number of French artists at this year's event, the show will highlight the French take on hip hop. 'Every artist has prepared something really special this year so it is going to be full of surprises,' he said. 'Hong Kong people have very open minds when it comes to music. It gives us the opportunity and great pleasure to put on new sounds.' While French graffiti resembles that of the United States, Ceet said local graffiti artists can 'be inspired by their native culture [and] use more Chinese influences to create their own hip hop culture'. The collective put their own cultural twist even in their name: When asked why they call themselves the Eating Frogs Tour, Ceet replied, 'Globally the French are known as 'frogs' because we eat frogs. '[The irony in the name is that] the Eating Frogs Tour does not resemble the stereotype of French people.' For more information, visit www.eatingfrogstour.com or www.frenchmay.com .