From its beginnings in the South Bronx, to a worldwide movement, hip-hop is about locality and community. No representation of hip-hop within counter-cultures would be complete without providing the opportunity for local young people and communities to learn, develop and participate. Workshops will take place in the different elements of hip-hop (MCing, breakdancing, graffiti art and turntablism as well as music production). Featuring significant artists from around the UK, these workshops will be made available to young people and hip-hop enthusiasts, giving them a rare opportunity to learn from exciting and relevant artists from hip-hop culture across the country.
Rawgina (Georgina) and Beanz (Scott Coulson) are the founders of Breakin’ Through Leeds which operates six days per week in the city of Leeds teaching classes of up to 30 students at a time. Both dancers are accomplished on the world stage and are currently still highly ranked both on the competition circuit but also on the underground circuit for cypher bboys and bgirls.
King Monk is an experienced practitioner in community arts and works full-time delivering workshops in illustration, pottery, sculpture and history related to hip-hop culture. He has designed album artwork for Nightmares On Wax – Finer, Smokers Delight and Carboot Soul. King Monk is also an accomplished MC from his groups Junkyard Tactics and Invisible Circle. King Monk will teach the basics of constructing characters within the graffiti form.
Trik9 and Kisk are both part of the Smash Proof movement based in Sheffield where they transform spaces overnight in high footfall locations with pieces of art which create a wow factor. Their Smash Proof events are taking the UK having started in Sheffield and now popping up on the south coast, Manchester, Leeds, Doncaster and Nottingham. The events feature numerous writers coming together to paint and workshops with young people.
Their class will complement that of King Monk but they will instead focus on letter styles in helping students perfect their own graffiti alphabets and then assist and supervise the students in creating some pieces of graffiti within the workshop.
DJ Rasp is 6x British turntablist champion (2x DMC and 4x IDA champion). He started scratching in 1996 and hasn’t stopped since. As well as being recognised as a technical master, his musical talents are in demand internationally, from Hong Kong to New York, Taiwan to Macau. By day he’s the DJ of choice for major product launches for companies such as Numark, Vestax, Denon, Djay and DJ Tech. By night he’s resident at some of the UK’s finest club spots. DJ Rasp is 10% human, 90% hip-hop, funk, ghetto funk and trap, but is equally at home anywhere there are turntables.
Agent M is one of the UK’s freshest new producers and has been featured on BBC radio numerous times, recently playing selections from his Uncanny EP. Agent M is also an educator and delivers workshops where participants can get familiar with music production software and helps them to create music in a live environment.
Nikki Blaze – Lyricism and Spoken word
Nikki Blaze is one of Liverpool’s most accomplished MCs hailing from crews such as Raw Skillz and OIC. She has long been a celebrated artist of Liverpool’s hip-hop scene, providing a conscious female Scouse voice to the culture. Nikki Blaze often works with members of the world-famous Rock Steady Crew and works between New York and Liverpool in operation of her organisation GAIN: Global Artist Initiative Network. Previous teaching work has seen her travel to Germany, Spain, Holland, Sweden, Martinique and the USA. In Liverpool Nikki runs a young poets and writers’ group which has brought through some exciting spoken word talent the types of which discuss oppression and juxtapose the concept of institutionalized racism with the stories of Emmet Tell and Rosa Parks amongst other historical and current issues. Nikki will be delivering a workshop in poetry, spoken word and writing.
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Where Are We Now? will be a summer festival like no other: a gathering of time-served trouble-makers, spoken word rebels, artistic mavericks and leftfield music pioneers. We’ll be converging on the city of Hull to ask of today’s counter-culture the soaring, searching question with which David Bowie kissed us goodbye.
Princes Dock Street
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