Berkavitch is one of the most respected voices in the UK spoken-word scene. Former UK Slam Poetry Champion, Internationally acclaimed Storyteller, accomplished Breakdancer, Digital Artist and Animator.
Berkavitch has showcased his poetry at most UK music and literary festivals including Glastonbury, Bestival, Reading, Leeds, The Cheltenham Literature Festival and the Hay Festival. He has performed at venues and theatres including The Royal Opera house, The RSC, The Old Vic, Royal Festival Hall, Roundhouse Camden, Contact Theatre, The BAC, The Albany, Nottingham Playhouse, The MAC and numerous others across the country.
Berkavitch has toured poetry and spoken-word across Europe and Asia as well as having pieces commissioned by theatres and companies including Apples and Snakes, The Southbank, Saddler’s Wells and Curve Theatre Leicester.
His work has been featured on Radio 1, Radio 1Xtra and Radio 4.
Between 2006 and 2009 he co-wrote, devised and starred in Jonzi-D Productions’ “Tag: Just Writing My Name”, described by the Guardian as “A Joy!”
Berkavitch has worked as an artist in education for over a decade. His unique approach to learning and collaboration with a focus on transferable skills served as an inspiration to thousands of hard-to-reach and disenfranchised young people across the UK.
He was a key speaker at TEDxUbud 2011 and regularly guest lectures on creative practices, mixed-media performance and collaborative projects at Universities, Arts Centres and Theatres nationwide.
“A real Hiphop Renaissance-man.” Stratford Theatre Royal
“One to Watch.” The Metro
“What a communicator he is.” The Sunday Telegraph
John will be performing as part of Scroobius Pip’s Satin Lizard Lounge in the Amphitheatre.