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October 13, 20172 months ago

Call for Submissions - 2018 Festival

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The Trinity International Hip-Hop Festival and Conference is seeking submissions for performers and presenters for their 13th annual event to be held at Trinity College in Hartford, Connecticut on April 6-8, 2018. This year’s theme is “Free Speech, Censorship and Protest”. Submissions focused on these topics are preferred, although anyone is able to apply with presentations/performances centered on social or political change topics, hip hop education, hip hop history or similar.

Submissions will be accepted in the following categories: Performers (hip hop artists, MCs and/or DJs), presenters (lecture or workshop), panel discussions, film screenings, dance groups/judges (b-boy/b-girl and all styles), graffiti artists, spoken word artists, music producers, and hip hop photographers.

We are specifically seeking presenters to sit on panels about artist management and radio.

MAC_6214About the Festival

The festival was started by students as a way to unite disparate communities – academic, racial and economic – using hip hop culture in all of its forms and drawing from the international hip hop community. The festival has grown to become an annual meeting place for champions of social change: professors and students, artists and activists, educators and event promoters, and people from all manner of hip hop related grassroots and non-profit organizations descend on Hartford for several days of connecting, learning, sharing and inspiring each other.

In the last twelve years, we have hosted artists and presenters from over 50 countries. Although many of the people did not know each other coming in, as one first time attendee put it, “It felt like a family reunion!” A strong tie exists between attendees from shared beliefs in hip hop culture and social awareness. Everyone leaves feeling energized, inspired and more connected to fellow practitioners from around the world.

Each festival also runs concurrently with a one-day youth conference, sponsored by the City of Hartford. Hartford-area teens meet in their own “youth only” events, and also sit in on some of the open panels and performances. Hip hop artists – who would perform later that night – teach groups of students about beatboxing, freestyling, a variety of dance forms and more. This youth outreach continues to grow and strengthen the college-community bond.

 

PRESENTERS:

Please submit a 300-word proposal for a presentation of scholarly work, lecture, panel discussion, workshop, or a film screening at the festival. Please include the type of presentation you are proposing, any technical requirements plus name and contact information. Film proposals should include film length and a link to the trailer (if possible).

Submit your proposal to trinityinternationalhiphop@gmail.com Due Friday November 17th, 2017.

 

PERFORMERS:

Please submit artist/group information, EPK, links to web site and live performance videos (if possible). We are only able to book 7-8 groups each year and seek to balance by countries of origin, languages and gender with a mix of live bands and MC/DJ combos. Artists who can also provide a presentation (see above) is a plus, but not required.

Submit your proposal to trinityinternationalhiphop@gmail.com  Due Friday November 17th, 2017.

Notices indicating the acceptance of your submission will be sent by Friday December 15thth, 2017

 

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photos by Amanda Macchia
October 13, 20172 months ago

Trinity International Hip-Hop Festival Returns for 13th Year

The 12th annual Trinity International Hip-Hop Festival returns to Trinity College on April 6-8, 2018.

The theme for 2017 is “Free Speech, Censorship and Protest” and will feature three days of lectures, films, workshops and panel discussions. Highlighting the event will be spoken word events, the regional talent showcase, the Friday night b-boy/b-girl battle and hip hop dance event, and the main concert on Saturday night, April 7th. Check back for the full schedule for the most up to date details.

April 2, 20134 years ago

Those Amazing B-Boy/B-Girls - 2012 Videos

At the 2012 Trinity International Hip Hop Festival, DecaDanceTheatre’s Megz & Taeko perform an excerpt from an abstract hip hop piece entitled “When the Sky Breaks”.

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February 1, 20134 years ago

Trinity Hip Hop Festival 2011: Exhibition B-Boy Battle (El Nino vs. Neguin)

In April 2011, the Trinity International Hip Hop Festival hosted its biggest b-boy event in its six year history! Headlining the event was a rematch from the Red Bull BC One World Championships 2010 between Boston’s El Nino and Brazil’s Neguin, who ended up taking the world champion title. The event was arranged by two of the world’s largest b-boy organizations: Mighty 4 (mighty4.tv) and Zulu Nation (local Chapter 860/Underground Coalition) along with Trinity College, Nomadic Wax and World Hip Hop Market.

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