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Hip Hop Theatre Festival 2013

Washington DC's Annual Music Celebration

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Hip Hop Theatre Festival 2013

Rafael Xavier

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The Hip Hop Theatre Festival is an annual summer festival featuring performances by national and international artists at various locations throughout Washington, DC. Hip Hop is an urban art form of stories, people, music, dance, and spoken word. The festival is presented jointly by the Hip-Hop Theater Festival and the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities (DCCAH). All events are free and seating is available on a first come, first serve basis. Some events are ticketed with tickets available online via RSVP, while most events are open to the public for walk-in.

Dates: July 7-14, 2013

2013 Festival Highlights

  • The festival spotlights former Washington City Paper Staff Writer Neil Drumming’s new film about the impact of life and politics on hopes and dreams.

  • Drumming returns to DC for the local premiere of “BIG WORDS,” which was featured at SLAMDANCE and is produced by Ava Duvernay.

  • This year’s festival also presents the internationally acclaimed STORYBOARD P and Raphael Xavier in the “Jack Ya Body Dance Series” and RHYME TIME, a family event at the Kennedy Center, featuring DC’s own Grammy-nominated Christylez Bacon.

  • Local group Words, Beats & Life presents a three-day teach in during the festival, called “The Remixing the Art of Social Change: Identity, Capacity & Legacy.”

  • The festival expands this year to include a public art mural project at the Langdon Recreation Center by Chilean Artist CEKIS.

  • RHYME TIME!, taking place on July 7 at the Kennedy Center Millennium Stage, is an innovative series of interactive performances that engage young audiences to learn about hip-hop theater by becoming a part of the show.
For a complete listing of events and locations see the official website.

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