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Hip-Hop Theater Festival aims to invigorate the fields of theater and hip-hop by: nurturing the creation of innovative work within the hip-hop aesthetic; presenting and touring American and international artists whose work addresses the socio-political issues relevant to the hip-hop generation; and serving young, urban communities through outreach and education that celebrates contemporary language and culture.
Founded in 2000, Hip-Hop Theater Festival continues to invigorate the fields of theater and Hip-Hop by: nurturing the creation of innovative work within the Hip-Hop aesthetic; presenting and touring American and international artists whose work addresses the issues relevant to the Hip-Hop generation; and serving young, urban communities through outreach and education that celebrates contemporary language and culture.
In each of its Festival cities, New York City, Washington D.C., Chicago and San Francisco, Hip-Hop Theater Festival presents live events created by artists who stretch, invent and combine a variety of theatrical forms, including theater, dance, spoken word and live music sampling. Through open submissions and aggressive curating both nationally and internationally, Hip-Hop Theater Festival is fully dedicated to finding, developing and introducing to the public new artistic creations from a diversity of cultures and points of view.
An ongoing goal of HHTF is to encourage the manifestation of Hip-Hop Theater as a recognized genre by commissioning and developing new work and helping HHTF artists build coalitions, collaborations and networks with other artists and institutions around the United States and the world.
HHTF also strives to bring new, younger audiences to the theater in large numbers, in an effort to ensure the future of live performance. To this end, HHTF is steadfast in presenting work that is accessible to everyone, regardless of race, class, age or gender. And through a creative mix of traditional marketing techniques and guerilla tactics, the Festival has enjoyed sold-out houses, educational workshops and previews filled to capacity.
HHTF is also beginning to build a year-round education program that will serve New York City public schools, through our Arts Cultivation & Education program.
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