Greg

Greg is the Managing Director of Nomadic Wax (nomadicwax.org) and the founder of World Hip Hop Market, a new-media site dedicated to global hip hop. He has been an organizer with the Trinity Festival since 2008.

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

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.

Dizy One (India)

Dizy One (aka Kajal Singh) is one of India’s first female graffiti artists. She currently studies in Berlin and shuttled between there and Delhi. Dizy first became involved with graffiti art after she discovered hip hop dancing. Her brother is also a graffiti artist (known as Komet) and her mother is painter, so she says the “art is in her blood”.
“People in India are more appreciative ‘cause graffiti is not as well-known here. Well, people in Europe are not so appreciative as it [graffiti] is not new there and not many people see it as an art,” she recently said in a BuzzFeed interview.
https://www.instagram.com/dizyone/

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Girl Power

posterGirl Power is a documentary that presents female graffiti writers from fifteen cities – from Prague to Moscow, Cape Town, Sydney, Biel, Madrid, Berlin, Toulouse, Barcelona and all the way to New York. The graffiti community is predominantly a man’s world, and men often share the view that graffiti – namely the illegal kind – is not for girls. And yet women have become increasingly more emancipated in recent years; there are female graffiti shows, magazines and websites. Girl Power captures the stories of ladies who have succeeded in the male graffiti world.

However, Girl Power is more than just a look into the graffiti microcosm; it tells the moving story of Czech writer Sany, who decided in 2009 to capture female emancipation in graffiti on film and to give other girls and women the possibility to express themselves. It took her 7 long years to complete the documentary. We follow her life with graffiti, her motivation and values that keep changing as the years go by. We will also meet her family, who are absolutely unaware of Sany’s “second life”. Sany sacrifices a lot for the film, but even when she’s at the end of her tether, she refuses to give up on her dream – to make the very first movie depicting females in graffiti.

Sany (Czech Republic)

Sany is the writer/director/producer of the film Girl Power, a documentary that presents female graffiti writers from fifteen cities – from Prague to Moscow, Cape Town, Sydney, Biel, Madrid, Berlin, Toulouse, Barcelona and all the way to New York. The graffiti community is predominantly a man’s world, and men often share the view that graffiti – namely the illegal kind – is not for girls. And yet women have become increasingly more emancipated in recent years; there are female graffiti shows, magazines and websites. Girl Power captures the stories of ladies who have succeeded in the male graffiti world.

Sany studied marketing communication. She actively participates in organizing cultural events in Prague and abroad. She has produced several big festivals and is one the only female graffiti writers in the Czech Republic. She has devoted herself to graffiti for 15 years.

http://www.girlpowermovie.com/en

 

Amer Ahmed (UMass - Amherst)

Amer F. Ahmed, Ed.D, serves as Director of Intercultural Teaching and Faculty Development at University of Massachusetts – Amherst, Faculty at the Summer and Winter Institutes for Intercultural Communication and a member of SpeakOut: Institute for Democratic Leadership and Culture. He has been featured on MSNBC’s “Melissa Harris Perry” show and in Dr. Shakti Butler’s film on racism entitled “Cracking the Codes.” An individual with eclectic personal and professional experience, he is a Hip Hop activist, spoken word poet, diversity consultant and college administrator, channeling his diverse experiences into work geared towards facilitating effective intercultural development. Amer’s education in Anthropology and Black Studies, professional experience in Higher Education and extensive global experiences support his efforts to address issues of social justice that continue to face traditionally marginalized communities. He is also engaged in the field of Intercultural Communication with a focus on a developmental approach to Intercultural competency. Such approaches have been useful in his work in Organizational Assessment and Development, Inclusive Human Resource Management, Workshop facilitation, Public Speaking, Leadership Development and Student Support.

Behulum (Ethiopia)

Behulum helped usher in a new era of street artists in Ethiopia since his emergence more than 7 years ago. Based in Hawassa, Behulum has painted murals in many countries in East Africa. He designed the cover of the first issue of Telling Our Own Stories magazine and has also begun working in clothing design.

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Rene John-Sandy II (Hip Hop Loves)

Rene John-Sandy II is an entertainment executive, life coach and nonprofit activist residing in Harlem, New York. As the CEO of RJSII Enterprises, Rene brings over twenty years of experience in talent management, entertainment marketing and brand management across the sports, music, food and beverage industries. Some of Rene’s current clients include Top Chef Master Marcus Samuelsson, Fox Business correspondent and political strategist Tara Dowdell, DJ Jon Quick, boxer and artist Vanessa Chakour and underground hip hop artist, Punchline.

In 2009, Rene merged his entertainment experience, love of music and unique power to inspire youth by founding the Hip Hop Loves Foundation, a nonprofit foundation which produces educational seminars grounded in hip hop culture. Rene has spearheaded Hip Hop Loves workshops in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Ottawa, Canada and Harlem, New York, has lectured on the powers of motivating youth through sports and hip hop at Brown University and has been featured in Black Enterprise Magazine.

Some of Rene’s other professional successes include launching Spitkicker, an urban lifestyle company and Omega Artist Management, a talent management firm. Through both of these companies, Rene, organized and promoted concert tours and music industry events, produced a weekly urban radio show on XM Satellite Radio and worked directly with talent including Dave Chappelle, Kanye West, Common, De La Soul and Mos Def. Rene also is the co-founder of Supernodes, a multi-cultural wine networking group which regularly organizes social events for diverse professionals in cities across the United States.

Rene received his Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and International Relations from Syracuse University.

 

Fedor Kyrlezhev (Moscow)

Fedor Kyrlezhev (a.k.a Madd Chief) is a drummer, beat maker, poet, public activist; CEO of DA EXIT NGO, ideologist and founder of HIP HOP UNION movement in Moscow. He is the organizer of the regular funk hop events in the Alexey Kozlov Club. He is also a lecturer, organizer of the conferences, festivals, theater plays and social projects (hip hop school for kids).

Yuri Savelyev (Tolyatti, Russia)

Yuri Savelyev (a.k.a Bboy Gaws) is a dancer, B-boy and the Director of the Federation of Sport Dance in the Samara Region in Russia. he has been a dance instructor since 2000. In 2006, he received his masters degree in V.N. Tatischev Volzhsky University in Information Technology. He organizes hip hop festivals, events, master classes and seminars in Tolyatti, Russia. He has opened more than 10 dance schools in the city and neighborhoods, and  worked with the state Autograd library as an event consultant.

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