Stories Of The Street: HipHop, activism and contemporary youth experiences.

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Bankstown Arts Centre

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Stories Of The Street: HipHop, activism and contemporary youth experiences.

The Australian HipHop community contributes towards social debates with a unique form of political commentary. It represents important voices from the streets that are often misunderstood and excluded.

Join us as we review the way young people resist marginalisation and stigmatisation through the lens of HipHop culture, and integrate both Australian and global outlooks on HipHop activism and the role it plays in social and cultural revolution.

HipHop activism is an important form of journalism that provides insight into the lived experiences of young people and disrupts conventional and exploitative accounts of the youth experience.

Meet your panellists:

Chaired by Frank Trotman-Golden: Frank is a Koori from north-west NSW and has been involved in local Hip Hop for many years. Frank co-hosts the nationally syndicated radio program The Indij Hip Hop Show on Koori Radio and manages his own contemporary music business which sees him represent Nooky and Tasman Keith. Frank believes in the value Hip Hop as an expression of art and culture and is honoured to work in roles that strive towards ensuring the vibrancy of the cultural inheritance for future generations of Indigenous artists.

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Renee Williamson: Renee has been devoted to HipHop for 25 odd years. She's one half of the Indij Hip Hop Show, and has recently returned to artist development and management work.

Omid Tofighian: Dr Omid Tofighian is a lecturer, researcher and community advocate, combining philosophy with interests in rhetoric, religion, popular culture, transnationalism, displacement and discrimination. He is committee member for the Religion, State & Society Network at University of Sydney and is passionate about finding creative ways of connecting academia with wider society. He often contributes to community arts and cultural projects and works with asylum seekers, refugees and young people from Western Sydney.

Tommy Rock: Thomas Rock host of HipHop radio show Hardcore Classic since 1996, Thomas Rock is a fan of awkward conversations on race and identity, and enjoys challenging notions of white entitlement and appropriation of HipHop culture. A rapper, DJ and youth worker, Rock is recent addition to pioneering act Def Wish Cast, and was an architect of the Triple J HipHop Show.

Mistery: Mistery is one of Australia’s most legendary and influential writers. For over 20 years, he’s been representing the HipHop culture through breaking, graffiti, and as an emcee. Having started out as a B-boy in the early 1980s, his signature style and iconic B-boy characters are recognised all over the world–a true reflection of his roots in HipHop. Today, Mistery continues to share his love for HipHop culture with others, touring cities and countries abroad as a B-boy, martial artist, Christian minister, emcee, and writer.

This panel is part of the 4Elements All Age HipHop Festival - http://4e.eventbrite.com

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