The Make A Move Hip-Hop Festival is one of the most exciting things to happen to Limerick in a long time. A festival of Hip-hop Culture that will encompass all elements from Street Dancing, Mc’ing, Rapping and Street Art and Graffiti and show case work from all around Ireland and abroad with a special focus on the work of the emerging talent and skill from Limerick. The Make A Move team are committed to nurturing and showcasing the creative talents and skills of a field of arts that is Hip-Hop inspired, and so this ensures the festival will have something for everyone from Visual Art to Discussion forums to Live Music!
From early June there will be workshops on Street Art, Dance and Much more. Culminating in a three day event that will take over the city! Get ready to be entertained.
Make A Move is the brain child of a collective of Community Arts Practitioners, Artists, Teachers, Dancers, and Musicians. After getting together to form a Working Community Arts Group, what became clear was the division that existed between the Arts establishments and the reality of Culture on the ground. We realize that Arts are an integral part of a healthy culture, and that Community-based Arts provide significant value both to communities and artists, but this marriage between Community and the Arts was not expressed in the mainstream. A sense of Community is developed from a shared experience, finding what is common among us and celebrating that together. At a time when Communities are segregated and increasingly isolating themselves form the once inhabited and lively City Centre, this seems difficult. However, there needs to be some way of acknowledging, celebrating and coveting diversity and the vibrant energy that exists with it, as a way of bringing these communities together. This festival is hoped to be a process and a product of the civic engagement within it, it is focused on providing opportunities for young people to re-claim their cultural identity, redefine what is real for them and celebrate it together, collectively, as a city. More than anything we hope to inspire individuals and build community Cohesion,
Hip-Hop is widely synonymous with Urban or Youth Culture. The roots of hip-hop held a message of Liberation and Revolution. The most powerful forms of communication within Hip-Hop are Written or Spoken Word, a way of expressing the realities of Urban life in an unapologetic way. From the ominous hit of Grandmaster Flash ‘The Message’ where he rhymes “Its like a Jungle Sometimes it makes me wonder, how i keep from going under”, a ‘message’ about the lived realities of urban poverty, Hip-Hop has remained centered on truth Telling. This song was to to turn music on its head, and young people everywhere responded to the refreshing antidote that this authentic storytelling of marginalized youth carried.
Make a Move is in some way continuing this ‘Message’…carrying forward these traditions of Raw, Honest, Recitals and discussions. Sharing in each others realities and perceptions and making sense of our own lives in the process.