The 4ESydney hip hop conference has today released the full program for its event later this month.
Running from 1-4 April, the conference will feature 24 events "amplifying voices from Western Sydney".
“Now in its sixth year, I’ve seen the 4ESydney festival grow to become the country’s premier hip hop festival and conference consistently putting on an experience that is ahead of its time for audiences in Western Sydney,” L-FRESH The LION shared.
He is just one of the big names featured in the program - which also features DOBBY, Nardean, OMAR Musa, mirrah, MzRizk, Luka Lesson, Dom Alessio, Kelsey Iris, South West Syndicate, Bilal Hafda, Zig (Art Management) and more.
Panel highlights include:
- Do Global Issues Impact Locally - delving into the cause and effects of incidents around the world and they impact the music industry
- When Artistic Expression & Censorship Collide - members from Sydney's creative and Pacific communities discuss targeted incidents of censorship in hip hop
- Sweet Dreams Are Made Of Streams - featuring members of ARIA and Sounds Australia which will look at how streaming services continue to impact and evolve music in 2020 and how the industry can service hip hop artists with it
"Hip hop has an incredible velocity that enters the ears and activates the heart and the fist," Biennale Curator of Programs and Learning, Paschal Daantos Berry, said about the event.
"It’s always been an expression that mobilises people out of inaction – to rapture systems and reframe identities. 4ESydney, has always highlighted incredible idiosyncratic voices and game changers like L-FRESH, and others who have eked out incredible careers from the edge.
"It’s this uncompromising positioning of manifesting the antithesis of what’s being centred. This is NIRIN at its core."
Vyvienne Abla, 4ESydney Festival Director/Artist Manager, echoed his sentiments.
“The vision for 4ESydney is simple - to cultivate a community that involves the power of people, shared stories through the love of hip hop," she said.
"We are dedicated to highlighting the impactful ways that youth, artists and industry utilise hip hop culture and activism to uplift their communities, address important social issues and create their own pathways for success.
"At the very core of 4ESydney, we are here for the long run and endeavour to develop a foundation and community that will connect and impact globally."
For a full look at the program and more details about the event, follow the link here.