4ESydney HipHop Festival

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4ESydney HipHop Festival
Photograph: Zach Janus Nardean performing live at the 4ESydney Festival 2018.

Time Out says

Hip hop and First Nations culture collide at this fusion of the urban and the ancient.

Fusing hip hop beats with multi-disciplinary art feats, 4ESydney HipHop Festival brings some of Australia’s finest truth-telling wordsmiths to Cockatoo Island for a collaborative music fest that tackles the big issues facing Australians and their global neighbours.

Rapper, drummer and composer Dobby, a Filipino and Aboriginal man whose family is from Brewarrina on Ngemba land, will explore what water means in Wurrung: River Story, looking at the lines that mark out tribal territories. He’ll also teams up with folk alt-pop star singer-songwriter Naomi Keyte on Symbiosis, splicing their sound to break down one of the biggest issues of our day – the climate crisis – rallying the crowd with much-needed hope.

Greek-Australian slam poet Luka Lesson assembles artists from near and far in Where There’s Smoke, addressing the alarmingly overwhelming environmental situation with a focus on the power of sharing personal stories in our polluted cities. Egyptian-Australian artist Nardean champion’s the might of women claiming their rights with The New Ear.

Bringing the political, expect to be fired up.

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