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'Hiphop For Society': BPU to hold 9th edition in Kampala

By Joseph Kizza

Added 24th January 2016 11:10 PM

This year’s event is riding on the theme ‘cooperation’ and according to BPU director Abramz Tekya, impact can be grown through cooperation.

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Youths showcase their skills during last year's event. (Credit: Oscar Kibuuka)

This year’s event is riding on the theme ‘cooperation’ and according to BPU director Abramz Tekya, impact can be grown through cooperation.


If you are passionate about hip-hop music, there is some plot for you at the very end of this month.


Once again, ‘Hiphop For Society’ is back for its 9th edition and it all goes down at Sharing Youth Centre Nsambya in Kampala next Sunday (January 31).

Don’t forget that entrance is FREE.

The annual event, organized by Breakdance Project Uganda (BPU), uses popular interest in hip-hop to create positive change.

 

This year’s event is riding on the theme ‘cooperation’ and according to BPU director Abramz Tekya, impact can be magnified by joining hands.

“‘Hiphop For Society’ encourages NGOs, schools, artists, and others who are working toward the same goal to cooperate, because everyone has something that the other doesn’t, and we can multiply our impact by working together,” he says.

In fact, several different organizations and individuals will network at the event to see how they can support each other.

 cenes from last years event Scenes from last year's event

 

Set to begin at 2pm and end at 9pm, the highly anticipated event promises a fine menu, and the highlights of the day include:

  • Rap performances by Ruyonga, St. Nellysade, Sylvester & Abramz, and more

  • Performances choreographed by female members of BPU

  • Breakdance battles, including: bboys and bgirls, individuals and crews

  • Educate! running a social entrepreneurship workshop

  • Food Rights Alliance teaching about nutrition, farming and food security

  • Whitehead Communications talk about cooperation with media

  • U.S. Embassy Information Resource Center setting up a mobile library

  • Kampala International School Uganda (KISU) PTA talk

  • French crash courses

  • Dance workshops

  • Visual arts workshops… and much more

 

 arious engaging activities are part of the events day programme Various engaging activities are part of the event's day programme

 

You will have to rewind until 2007 for when the first ‘Hiphop for Society’ was organized by BPU – with the aim of promoting the positive roles of hip-hop in society.

BPU’s objective is to promote formal and informal education and increase people’s access to both. Over the years, the event has welcomed people from all walks of life to participate in entertaining dance/rap showcases and competitions, visual art exhibitions, educational speeches and workshops, video screenings and discussions.

The event offers a platform for artists and NGOs to set up stalls and present their work to the public.

Many partner organizations come to ‘Hiphop For Society’ to engage youth and the general public, as well as reach out to new potential partners.

Partners in the event include: Educate!, Food Rights Alliance, People Concern Childrens Project (PCCP), Save Street Children Uganda (SASCU), Street Lights Uganda, U.S. Embassy, Viva con Agua.

Meanwhile, the event sponsors include: Breakdance Project Uganda, French Embassy, Gagawala Graphics, Talent Africa, Whitehead Communications, YAEP, Ziva Muntuuyo clothing.

 

 

 

 

 

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