POSTED: Thursday, September 12, 2013 - 8:00am
UPDATED: Thursday, September 12, 2013 - 8:04am
BATON ROUGE, LA — The BR HOPS Festival will begin tonight. The three-day festival is geared towards promoting the exploration of Hip-Hop in all its many facets.
The event includes dance workshops, music classes, art performances and poetry battles, bridging the gap between urban populations and middle class Baton Rouge.
BR HOPS aims to historically and culturally educate young people in the art of hip-hop.
From Hip-Hop’s origins of New York City in the early 80s, into what has now become an massive array of elements, backgrounds and disciplines. As a cultural melting pot, Hip-Hop has cultivated and produced a culture of people, not bound by denomination, gender, economic status, sex or color. It more than the lyrics or the beats that hold them, it is the air we breathe.
The culture of Hip-Hop ingrained in the artisitry of the festivals Founder and Creative Director, Roxi Victorian, is what birthed BR HOPS; a festival dedicated to all things hip-hop. More than a festival, the BR HOPS movement seeks to promote the living legacy of Hip-Hop, to educate, unite, and bridge Baton Rouge’s diverse population.
The BR HOPS opening night reception will be held, Thursday, September 12, 2013 in ‘The Gallery at Manship,’ located inside the Manship Theatre. Following the reception, guests may attend the “BR HOPS Block Party” featuring local Baton Rouge artists at 8:00 pm, in the Mainship Theatre.
Live performances will be held throughout the festival, and will feature the Hip-Hop theatre performance: “Paige in Full: A B-girls Visual Mixtape” Friday, September 13 at 8:00 p.m. in the Manship Theatre.
Additionally, the event will include an outdoor American Graffiti presentation; in partnership with the Baton Rouge Walls Project. This event will be held Saturday, September 14.