Hip Hop You Don’t Stop urban arts festival
Hip Hop You Don’t Stop is a cultural and community festival since 2005 in the Côte-des-Neiges-Notre-Dame-de-Grâce (CDN-NDG) borough that offers Hip Hop culture as a tool of empowerment for youths and all members of the community.
The festival showcase the creative initiatives of canadian youths and artists and it aims to improve the mental, physical and social health of young people aged 12 to 25 through the arts of Hip Hop culture.
Hip Hop culture is our main focus because we believe in its ability to include and affirm identity. 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.
Hip Hop culture encompasses four popular art forms that represent a great way for us to connect with such youth : dance, music, creative writing and visual art.
This project is co-presented by Prevention CDN-NDG (https://preventioncdnndg.org) and Elementality Media (http://elementality.ca/), with the support of the City of Montreal and Heritage Canada. A wide variety of community and cultural organizations support us in the realization of the festival.
We collaborated with Elementality 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).
Hip Hop You Don’t Stop is presented at the end of September to highlight the change of season and the importance of gatherings and exchanges. Every year, we offer a series of free events including workshops, concerts, street dance competitions, round tables and much more to do with the youth of our borough.
The programming is a rare diversity on the territory of Montreal. We feature local amateur, emerging and established artists as well as international artists. We aim to integrate youths as artists, as volunteers, and as members of the production team to also develop an event experience and an implication for the community. French, English, Spanish, Creole and Arabic are the main languages found in the artistic performances. Every year, nearly 2,000 people come to the festival and the number of artists who are performing varies around 150.
The festival has earned us very good comments in the Montreal community and cultural media.
Over the years, we have felt the need to raise awareness about interculturalism, resilience, intergenerational exchange, inclusivity, physical and mental health and environmental issues. This is expressed through the content of our programming and the new partners that we added to our project.
“Must-see Festival of the Côte-des-Neiges and Notre-Dame-de-Grâce neighborhoods”.
VOIR 2016 Newspaper
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Hip Hop You Don’t Stop – In Action!
Hip Hop You Don’t Stop – Posters