• All-day event features music, workshops, skatepark, kids’ area, history museum, breakdancing
From noon to 10:30 p.m., Saturday, Sept. 22, the All Elements Hip Hop Festival is bringing music, dance, poetry and art to the historical site of Booker Washington Park, 524 Kent St., Rockford, for the teens and young adults in the Rockford area.
The Hip Hop Congress of Rockford will bring a new kind of festival to the area meant to celebrate hip hop, empower youth, and create the environment for learning and networking.
The festival is a combination of the three years of activities and events that the Hip Hop Congress of Rockford has provided to the community in nonprofit services. Hip hop is not just a music genre, but it’s also an artform that consists of dance, poetry, music and art.
The festival will be an all-day event of music performances, educational workshops, skatepark, live art, kids’ area, history museum and competitions in breakdancing, music production, emceeing, slam poetry, video production and turntablism.
The live art for the festival will be a cultural mural to represent the neighborhood on the 15-foot-by-60-foot wall of the Booker Washington Community Center to be painted by well-established artists in the Rockford community, and the mural will be left up for all to see well after the festival.
Performances from dance groups to hip hop artists will also be held on the main stages with performers coming from Freeport, Chicago, Iowa, Janesville, Milwaukee, Missouri, Indiana and even as far as New York.
The educational portions of the event consist of workshops that teach breakdancing, emceeing, music production and art, which are for all ages and skill levels.
The festival is geared toward teens and young adults, but is open for all ages. There is an explicit language warning for certain areas of the festival because of creative expression of the performers.
Admission is $10 per person and free for kids 10 and younger.
The Hip Hop Congress is a 501 (c)(3) non-profit corporation.
From the Sept. 19-25, 2012, issue