10 years ago on a sunny day in March, a group of passionate Hip Hop folks got together at Naked Cyber Cafe (back when it was on Jasper Ave), and discussed throwing a block party. This was not to be just any block party. This block party was to be a peaceful protest in response to the unfair treatment of Hip Hop artists throughout the city of Edmonton. Back in 2007 the Hip Hop scene wasn't much different content-wise than it is today, but venue owners in most instances saw Hip Hop as a genre that would instigate violence. As a result it was extremely difficult to book shows, which ultimately stunted our community's artistic development, especially when it came to up and coming artists. Hip Hop in the Park became one of the only events of its kind, showcasing local up and coming artists alongside seasoned veterans on a curse-word-free stage at no charge to spectators and open to all ages. Since 2007 we have proceeded regardless of rain, mosquito plague, or sunshine, enjoying only 1 yr out of 9 without rain. We have held a free BBQ throughout these conditions, and have even had our local weatherman Josh Klassen host one year. While some might suggest moving the date, we try to make sure we are always recognizing Hip Hop Kulture during the 3rd week of May: Hip Hop Appreciation Week. Rain is water. Water is life. Our roots grow stronger and deeper every year.
Hiphoppas are encouraged to eliminate poverty, speak out against injustice and shape a more caring society and a more peaceful world. Hip Hop Kulture supports a dialogue and action that heals divisions in society, addresses the legitimate concerns of humankind and advances the cause of peace.
Hiphoppas respect and learn from the ways of Nature, regardless of where we are on this planet. Hip Hop Kulture holds sacred our duty to contribute to our own survival as independent, free-thinking beings in and throughout the Universe. This planet, commonly known as Earth is our nurturing parent and hiphoppas are encouraged to respect Nature and all creations and inhabitants of Nature.
While some understand the 4 elements of Hip Hop to be static, Hip Hop Kulture has proven time and time again to represent a system to facilitate dialog through storytelling. Because history shows us that the Hip Hop elements exist in alternative forms well before the 1970's, it is important to look beyond the Bronx elements (breakin, deejayin, emceein, and graffiti), and acknowledge the use of these elements throughout history. While the 4 Bronx elements are to be forever honoured, these elements were a specific manifestation in a specific space at a specific time for a specific people. The Bronx elements are accessible to many, but there are many more who these elements are inaccessible to. It is important for Hip Hop Kulture to remain accessible at all times, especially to those who are most marginalized. We must adapt as effortlessly as the powers we claim hold us captive, as failure to do so is work against the spirit of Hip Hop Kulture.
Breakin opened up to it's most accessible form becomes the age old storytelling technique of body movement. Almost every culture on the planet can be traced to some form of body movement representational of that cultures spiritual beliefs and customs.
Deejayin opened up to it's most accessible form can be related to any form of rhythmic percussion. Those most drawn to this element will enjoy putting peers under a unified beat that many cultures relate to the beat of the heart.
Emceein' in it's most accessible form is often the most recognizeable technique for storytelling. The power of speech, is the basis for serving justice, determining leaders, spreading religious texts, and much much more.
Graffiti is one of the most underrated and underappreciated elements of the 4 original Bronx core. It is the only element to be criminalized despite it's most open form being the basis for heiroglyphics, cave art, famous church ceiling paintings, and even gardening or sculpting.
In partnership with iHuman youth, Sapling Poetry, Edmonton Arts Council, APIRG, Cypher Wild, Cipher 5, Breath in Poetry Collective and communities such as McDougall; Hip Hop in the Park has been fostering important community driven relationships in hopes of being better. Being better in it's vagueness can often be misinterpreted as a corrective measure, but our purpose is not to be better because we require improvement. Our goal instead is to challenge ourselves to meet our community's needs through the organizational skillsets we have developed over the last 10 years. As a result we have worked hard to find intersections between our own community and other marginalized communities. We have taken an initiative to document common needs and begin conversations regarding meeting those needs. As a result our direction this year has focused on centering marginalized voices and working towards making our community a safe space for other developing communities to take part.The Vision
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Hip-Hop in the Park is a music and culture festival in Edmonton, Alberta held during the third week of every May, which celebrates Hip-Hop Appreciation Week. It is currently run by the Hip Hop in the Park Foundation, a non-profit organization endorsing hip-hop expression in a non-violent and positive way.Visit Our Website
Hip-hop (Hip´Hop) is a term that describes our independent collective consciousness. Ever growing, it is commonly expressed through such elements as Breakin, Emceein, Graffiti Art, Deejayin, Beatboxin, Street Fashion, Street Language, Street Knowledge and Street Entrepreneurialism. Wherever and whenever these and future elements and expressions of Hip Hop Kulture manifest; this Hiphop Declaration of Peace shall advise the use and interpretation of such elements, expressions and lifestyle.First PrincipleThe Hiphop Declaration of Peace
Hip Hop Kulture respects the dignity and sanctity of life without discrimination or prejudice. Hiphoppas shall thoroughly consider the protection and the development of life, over and before the individual decision to destroy or seek to alter its natural development.Second PrincipleThe Hiphop Declaration of Peace
Hip Hop Kulture respects the Laws and agreements of its culture, its country, its institutions and whomever it does business with. Hip-hop does not irresponsibly break Laws and commitments.Third PrincipleThe Hiphop Declaration of Peace
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