12th Annual Schedule

12th Annual Trinity International Hip-Hop Festival
Schedule of Events
April 6-9, 2017

 

Thursday, April 6th, 2017

All Day
Photo Exhibit 1:  “Girl Power International Graffiti”
Photo Exhibit 2: “History of Russian Hip Hop” (Da Exit NGO, Russia)
Photo Exhibit 3 “Hartford Hip Hop History” (Hartford History Center, Hartford Public Library)
Location: Mather Hall, 2nd Floor

6:00 pm – 8:30 pm (doors at 5:30 pm)
Iron Poets Open Mic featuring PUERTOMINICANA
Location: CLEO, 98 Vernon Street
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Friday, April 7th, 2017

All Day
Photo Exhibit 1:  “Girl Power International Graffiti”
Photo Exhibit 2: “History of Russian Hip Hop” (Da Exit NGO, Russia)
Photo Exhibit 3 “Hartford Hip Hop History” (Hartford History Center, Hartford Public Library)
Location: Mather Hall, 2nd Floor

9:00 am – 6:00 pm
Artist/presenter check-in
Location: The Underground Coffeehouse

10:00 am – 10:55 am
Lecture: “Brazilian Graffiti Movements” with Greg Childs (Brandeis University)
Location: Terrace Room B and C

In 1970 on the U.S. East Coast, before there were murals or graffiti “pieces,” even before people began experimenting with bubble letters and stylish numbers, there was the “tag,” a stylized and personalized signature used to mark trains, walls, stalls, halls, bus stops and more.  According to some writers and photographers, we are witnessing a “return of the tag” in contemporary American graffiti, and this “return” is often imagined as an attempt to recuperate the “roots” of graffiti in an era of increased commercialization and government co-optation of graffiti and murals.  In Brazil, a parallel but dissimilar phenomenon is currently taking place in the proliferation of “pixação” (or more properly “pichação”), a form of writing on the walls that for many writers has come to signify a stand against global capitalism, artistic commercialization, and social injustice.  Yet pixação writers often claim that the form and function of their work is different from, and not just a revival of, graffiti.  This presentation will explore the political dimensions of Brazilian pixação, focusing most directly on the question of how the artists and writers who champion it conceptualize differences between this form and graffiti.  The question of influence will also be explored, as there are not only important questions regarding the relationship between pixação and East Coast graffiti, but also between pixação and Mexican-American traditions of writing on the wall.

11:00 am – 11:55 am
Panel Discussion: “Independent and Political Hip Hop in Cuba” with the Cuban Soul Foundation
Location: Terrace Room B and C

12:00 pm – 12:55 pm
Open for lunch

1:00 pm – 2:30 pm
Panel Discussion: “Under the Curtain: Russia-USA Hip Hop Exchange” Moderated by Prof. Seth Markle with Self-Suffice, Tang Sauce, Camryn Clarke, Greg Schick and B-Boy Tiger.
Location: Rittenberg Lounge

2:30 pm – 3:30 pm
Panel Discussion: “Russian Hip Hop Culture” Moderated by Sergey “Grand PaP” Ivanov with Fedor “Madd Chief” Kurlegev, Buranov “MC Shoog Ray” Sergey, Yuri “Bboy Gaws” Savelyev and Vlad Radkov.
Location: Rittenberg Lounge

3:30 pm – 4:30 pm
Keynote: “From the Griot to Hip Hop:  The Oral Tradition as Critical Liberatory Praxis in Islamic Black America” Amer Ahmed (Univ of Mass – Amherst)
Location: Rittenberg Lounge

4:30 – 5:30 pm
Lecture: “Hip Hop Loves Foundation” with Rene John Sandy
Location: Rittenberg Lounge

5:30 pm – 6:30 pm
Panel Discussion: “The Builders” featuring Babaluku and Gilbert Daniels.

As part of the Bavubuka Foundation, the invited individuals are artists and leaders in their communities, exploring their own capacities to inspire youth for community leadership, peace building and using their art as a transformative vehicle for healing and reconnection to the wisdom of their elders. Their signature event, Back to the Source, is a globally unique event. Billed as an Indigenous Hip Hop Leadership Retreat, the event is designed to explore the transformative power found in reconnecting hip hop communities to their indigenous spirit. Participants come from not only Uganda, but all around Africa, Europe, North America and Australia. Participants, called “builders”, leave the retreat with a deeper understanding of self, service and the relationship between the two. Most often they develop a clearer vision of their purpose and their responsibility within their communities locally and globally.
Location: Rittenberg Lounge

6:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Master Class: Popping with Angyil McNeal
Location: Washington Room, 2nd Floor Mather Hall

7:00 pm – 2:00 am
Dance Exhibition followed by B-Boy/B-Girl Battle (3v3) and All-Styles Battle (4v4) featuring judges Angyil McNeal (KC), Macca (Philly), Pop Tart, Trinity, Sunni and Popkorn with DJ eX, DJ Stealth and hosts Tang Sauce and Ryan Grinch.
Location: Washington Room, 2nd Floor Mather Hall
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Saturday, April 8th, 2017

All Day
Photo Exhibit 1:  “Girl Power International Graffiti”
Photo Exhibit 2: “History of Russian Hip Hop” (Da Exit NGO, Russia)
Photo Exhibit 3 “Hartford Hip Hop History” (Hartford History Center, Hartford Public Library)
Location: Mather Hall, 2nd Floor

10:00 am – 6:00 pm
Live Graffiti Exhibition with featured artists Dizy One (India), Komet (India), Behulum (Ethiopia), El Sexto (Cuba) and more!
Location: The Gates Quad, in front of Mather Hall

10:00 am – 4:00 pm
Artist/presenter check-in
Location: The Underground Coffeehouse

10:15 – 11:15 am
Panel Discussion: “10 Years of Temple of Hip Hop at Trinity” moderated by Seth Markle featuring Minister Server, Zee Santiago, Molly Bernstein, Jasmin Agosto and more!
Location: Terrace Room B and C

11:15 am – 12:15 pm
Workshop: “Women, Music and Movement”  by Project South: Institute to Eliminate Racism and Genocide (Atlanta)
Location: Terrace Room B and C

12:15 pm – 1:30 pm
Town hall discussion: “The New Black – Hip Hop’s revolutionary renaissance” hosted by Mikal Lee
Location: Terrace Room B and C

As a post-racial war plays out in the media, and in pop culture, the realities of black lives have taken center stage in the second part of the new millennium.  On the front line of the struggle are youth, and Hip-Hop has become, as it was in the late eighties through the mid-nineties the soundtrack and the rallying cry. How as educators can we participate in this conversation? What are the tools needed to be active within the culture? The New Black will explore this terrain, with current events as the backdrop to this lecture and interactive discussion on how the cultural capital of Hip Hop continues to transform the consciousness of communities worldwide.

1:30 pm – 2:30 pm
Youth Showcase featuring DJ Kool Flash
Location: The Cave Patio

2:30 pm – 3:30 pm
Next Up!: The Patio Showcase, hosted by Self Suffice the RapOet
Location: The Cave Patio

3:30 pm -4:00 pm – Premier of She’s Not a Toy a short documentary film thesis about women graffiti writers in the USA by Julia Conforti (Trinity, Class of 2016).
Location: Rittenburg Lounge

4:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Film Screening: North American premier of Girl Power, a documentary about women graffiti artists around the world.
Location: Rittenburg Lounge

5:00 pm – 6:00 pm
Panel Discussion: Girl Power International Graffiti with Sany (director Girl Power, Czech Rep), Leny (Czech Republic), Dizy One (India), and more.
Location: Rittenburg Lounge

8:00 pm – 2:00 am
Hip Hop Concert featuring MC Lyte, Bavubuka Allstarz (Uganda), Siimba Liives Long (Ethiopia/USA), Escuadron Patriota (Cuba), DJ Kool Flash (DC), Leadra & the Dream and Marvalyss (Hartford) with DJ Boo and hosted by Keysha Freshh (Canada).
Location: The Washington Room, 2nd Floor of Mather Hall

Sunday, April 9th, 2017

All Day
Photo Exhibit 1:  “Girl Power International Graffiti”
Photo Exhibit 2: “History of Russian Hip Hop” (Da Exit NGO, Russia)
Photo Exhibit 3 “Hartford Hip Hop History” (Hartford History Center, Hartford Public Library)
Location: Mather Hall, 2nd Floor

2:00 pm – 6:00 pm
Open graffiti painting
Location: in front of The Mill (79 Vernon Street)

5:00 pm – 8:00 pm (doors at 4:30 pm)
Iron Poet Annual Poetry Challenge, featuring poet Siul Hughes & PUERTOMINICANA
Location: The Mill (79 Vernon Street)

 

 

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