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Free Hip-Hop Theater Festival Returns July 8

Sunday, June 29, 2008

The DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities is pleased to present the Hip-Hop Theater Festival, beginning on Tuesday, July 8. Now in its seventh year, the festival offers a dynamic mix of theater, dance, music and visual arts events created by and for the Hip-Hop generation. All events and performances throughout the week-long festival are free and open to the public. Performances will take place at a variety of venues throughout the city including Children’s Hospital, Studio Theatre, Dance Place, Flashpoint Theater and the Kennedy Center Millennium Stage.

Each year, in addition to the various performances, the festival hosts a roundtable discussion to provide an opportunity for District residents and visitors to engage in a conversation that addresses relevant issues affecting the Hip-Hop generation. This year’s topic is Civic Engagement and Hip-Hop Arts and Culture. The discussion will take place on Thursday, July 10 at noon in Flashpoint Gallery’s Mead Theater Lab, located at 916 G Street NW.

“Given that this is a momentous election year, we felt it was timely and appropriate to provide an opportunity to discuss the intersection between Hip-Hop arts and culture and civic issues,” said DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities Executive Director Tony Gittens. "We will explore how this intersection invigorates an individual's level of awareness in civic participation. We are pleased to have Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton joining us for the panel where we will discuss the impact of the Hip-Hop generation vote and arts-based community engagement." 

Founded in 2000, The Hip-Hop Theater Festival continues to invigorate the fields of theater and Hip-Hop by nurturing the creation of innovative work within the Hip-Hop aesthetic; presenting and touring American and international artists whose work addresses the issues relevant to the Hip-Hop generation; and serving young, urban communities through outreach and education that celebrates contemporary language and culture.

In addition to offering the annual Hip-Hop Theater Festival, the Arts Commission is committed to reaching the District’s arts community to assist in the growth and preservation of Hip-Hop by offering the Hip-Hop Community Arts Initiative, a grant program offering funding for quality Hip-Hop arts activities throughout the city. Grant recipients are invited to submit their funded work to the Hip-Hop Theater Festival.

View the 2008 Hip-Hop Theater Festival schedule.

For more information about the Hip-Hop Theater Festival call (202) 724-5613.

Media contact: Gabrielle Faulcon, call (202) 479-2777