Kennedy Center to Host Hip-Hop Music Festival

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Kennedy Center to Host Hip-Hop Music Festival

Hip-Hop will find itself in a surprising place next year. The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts announced that its 2013-2014 season will include a week-long festival titled “One Mic: Hip Hop Culture Worldwide.”

The Center has been dedicated to highlighting the art and history of ballet, theater and opera for 41 seasons, but this is the first year they will be adding the hip-hop genre to the line-up.

The Kennedy Center website announced the festival will highlight “MCing, DJing, B-Boying, and graffiti writing, the original four elements of hip-hop culture.”

According to The Washington Post, the 2014 festival will open with Nas performing songs from his debut album, Illmatic, featuring musicians from the National Symphony Orchestra.

Kennedy Center president, Michael Kaiser, commented on the new territory. “Hip-hop is clearly something new and different for us,” Kaiser said, “I think to do something very current is important. We’re trying to speak to many different audiences.”

The Kennedy Center is collaborating with Hi-ARTS, the producers of the Hip-Hop Theater Festival, for the week-long event.

The festival is set to take place March 28-April 7. Visit the Kennedy website for more information.