The 4Elements Hip-Hop Festival returns to the Bankstown Arts Centre on Saturday 10th March from 1pm to 11pm. As an all-ages event, attendees can expect an action-packed day, featuring 10 hours of music by top local artists, alongside other hip-hop elements including dance, and a sixty metre live graffiti wall.
It coincides with Harmony Day, International Women's Day and Youth Week and is part of the wider, 4Elements Music Project, growing and showcasing local talent.
Entry to the festival is free and is open to everyone. 4Elements is a family friendly event with:
live graffiti and arts wall
In previous years graffiti art has been framed and exhibited in an exhibition, before being sold off at an auction. Food trucks will be on site catering the event, so you can have enough energy to get through the dance competitions. There is a fee to enter the competitions, with the grand prize being a return ticket to Taiwan to represent Australia in the Hip-Hop Dance championships.
This year for the first time the festival will also include two days of workshops, and seminars including open and honest discussions about mental health, gender, and race, in the hip-hop world. (Check website and their facebook page for workshop schedule closer to the festival dates.)
The overarching theme for the conference is 'Each One Teach One'. The concept stems from an African proverb that originated in America during slavery times. Slaves were denied an education so when one slave learned to read or write, it became his duty to teach someone else. Each One Teach One, is all about the power & exchange of knowledge, of culture, of history and sharing experiences which have impacted our lives in order to move forward as one.
Regardless of your age, background or social status, 4Elements believe we all hold knowledge and experiences which allow us to be both teacher and student. The conference is structured to be interactive, and is all about open, uncensored tough dialogue in a safe and respectful environment.
Dance mentor Ashley Goh will be appearing at the 4Elements Hip-hop Festival. Image courtesy of 4Elements Facebook page.
The 4Elements Festival utilises Hip-Hop culture to generate community harmony, engagement and skills development by empowering youth to:
Break through stereotypes, - building positive identity & self-esteem
Create a platform & audience for real voices to be heard
Establish innovative pathways to education & employment
The 4Elements group also organise free multi-lesson workshops on graffiti, dance, and how to DJ with the aim to provide a welcoming space for youth to gain skills, be mentored, and make new friends.
The 4Elements Hip-Hop Festival is a free and fun day out for all, giving young people a chance to meet mentors, and show-off Hip-Hop skills, in a safe, and welcoming environment.
The 4Elements Hip-Hop Festival runs from 1pm to 11pm at Bankstown Arts Centre, 5 Olympic Parade, Bankstown. For more information head to their website. Entry is free, however a ticket must be booked online here.
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Music mentor Mirrah will be appearing at the 4Elements Festival. Image courtesy of 4Elements Facebook Page.