04 Feb Works in Progress….One-Mic Festival (HUMANITIES)
As a member of the new Kennedy Center Ecosystem, we are excited about the upcoming festival titled One-Mic: Hip Hop Culture Worldwide. In collaboration with New York City’s Hip-Hop Theater Festival, the festival (March 27th-April 12th) will feature performances and exhibitions exploring this uniquely American art form. The festival begins with American rapper Nas, who performs two concerts (Mar. 28th & 29th) with the NSO Pops to celebrate the 20th anniversary of his debut album Illmatic. The festival highlights the original four elements of hip-hop culture—MCing, DJing, B-Boying, and graffiti writing—alongside contemporary interdisciplinary work as well as exhibitions featuring the work of some of the most innovative hip-hop artists in the world today.
As part of the Creative Ecosystem, we have been working hard to make sure that the artists and thought leaders here on the ground are effectively represented. As a result, we are working on a panel series that will take place through out the festival and feature a variety of topics for discussion. As we firm things up, we will keep you posted. In the meantime, check out the scope of the panels being created and contact us if you want to sponsor, be considered as a panelist or volunteer.