Hip Hop You Don’t Stop urban arts festival
Our community in the spotlight!
The first edition of Hip Hop You Don’t Stop festival took place in 2005. Then, as now, the goal was to provide positive alternatives for at-risk and underprivileged youth in Côte-des-Neiges-Notre-Dame-de-Grâce area. By offering youth the chance to participate in a wide variety of urban arts, the festival continually aims to channel their energy into more constructive activities.
The theme of the project is Hip Hop, a cultural current embraced by many youth that we work with. Hip Hop culture encompasses four popular art forms that represent a great way for us to connect with such youth : dance (B-Boying/B-Girling i.e. breakdance, Hip Hop dance, etc.), music (DJing), creative writing (RAP – Rythm And Poetry) and visual art (graffiti). To ensure a successful festival each year, we work in conjunction with different community groups in the borough who offer urban arts-related activities all year round.
Since 2015, we are pleased to co-present the festival with Elementality (www.elementality.ca), a première Montreal hip-hop news provider. We collaborated with them for the first time in 2013 to put together Elementakiza. First initiated by Elementality, this event also incorporates programming from Hip Hop You Don’t Stop. Featuring a “takiza” BBQ (traditional Mexican tacos), this celebration of the urban arts takes place in the welcoming atmosphere of NDG Park (corner of Sherbrooke and Girouard).
Given the wide variety of art forms it supports, Hip Hop You Don’t Stop provides a much-needed platform for young talent from our own community as well as professional artists from the local and even international scene.