Thursday kicks off a spring tradition in hip hop – the International Hip Hop Festival at Trinity College.
The event is a three day whirlwind for old school, global, and hard core hip hop enthusiasts.
“As American radio stations spin pre-selected, money driven, play lists that revolve around money and misogyny, Hip Hop artists outside of the U.S. have preserved the culture’s positive elements and infused the culture with new life mixing it with strands of their respective national cultures,” says part of a description of the festival on their website. “Harnessing the positive energy of Hip Hop for the past six years, the Trinity International Hip Hop Festival has been a true unifier — attended by individuals from all ages, areas, and ethnic backgrounds hailing from more than 35 countries.”
In addition to a slew of performances, there are panel talks and films on everything from the history of hip hop to its future, along with cultural issues like the treatment of women and anti-violence.
Artists from throughout the tri-state area are joined by performers from countries like Senegal, Brazil, and Japan.
Friday has a Bboy / Bgirl battle and DJ’s sparring in a National DJ battle qualifier. NYC duo Dead Prez headline the weekend on Saturday night.
All events the whole weekend are free, and all ages. Organizers say that having a photo ID on hand during the event is “a must.”