Durban Hops

Free youth Hip Hop development showcase, live bands, contemporary culture artists, BMX demos – Bulwer Park, Sat 27 from 11h00 to 23h00.

The City Parks, Recreation and Culture Unit is hosting Durban Hops – their annual free youth Hip Hop development showcase in Bulwer Park – on Saturday 27 December, from 11h00 to 23h00.

There will be a free stage with some of the city’s most promising and accomplished up-and-coming Hip Hop artists and live bands in a day-long programme to celebrate contemporary, street and Hip Hop culture, and will include dance, beat makers, rappers and graf artists.

The city is running a proactive youth development programme which is aimed at demystifying the stigma around Hip Hop, street art, graffiti, beat-makers and rap, and providing young artists involved in these genres with skills and platforms at which to perform.

The City runs ongoing public auditions in outer lying suburbs and the inner city scouting for new talent. Acts have been identified from Hammarsdale to the South Coast, from uMlazi to Clermont.

Once quality acts are identified, the organisers work closely with Stable Theatre and BAT Centre in running participative programmes teaching these aspiring artists useful performance and production skills. They also oversee a rigorous rehearsal process to make sure that all artists are performance-ready. Another project partner is KZN Music House which is participating by offering top acts a great business incentive prize – a free demo tape, photoshoot and marketing support.

The stage and arena will be snugly situated between the park side of the KZNSA Gallery and the children’s play area in Bulwer Park, containing the performance space.

Local food vendors have been invited to sell their wares to ensure that festival-goers don’t go hungry. With its youth focus, it is an alcohol-free event, so only soft drinks will be available. There will also be a mini open air market.

The BMX track alongside the Gallery will also be operational with BMX/cycle/skateboard enthusiasts doing demos and comps. There will also be graffiti artists and jugglers at work.

Contact details

Tel: 0313112410
Where: Bulwer Park, 166 Bulwer Road, Durban