Somerville 2016 Evolution of Hip Hop Festival

Photos by Frank Santangelo

By William Tauro 

This past Saturday, the Evolution of Hip Hop Festival took place in Union Square. 
The Evolution of Hip Hop Festival was created to share positive hip hop music and spoken word with people of all ages and share the history of hip hop music and what it brings to our communities.
The festival included musical performances by local artists, spoken word performances, vendors, and hands-on activities. 
The festival highlighted the talents from the Somerville community and surrounding cities and showcases Hip Hop culture throughout the decades. 
This was a free, family-friendly festival and was an ArtsUnion production put on as a collaboration between the City of Somerville Arts Council and SCATV’s Somerville Line producer Yvette Wilks with support from the Massachusetts Cultural Council.
This festival will featured:
MC’s Crystal Chandler & Shardai Sam-Clarke

Spoken word presentation about the evolution of the hip hop culture by Donnie Dixon

Dance performances by The CONcept Artists, Present-Day Dance Theatre & Sinha’ Capoeira Boston

Art, interactive activities & local community groups

Spoken word & hip hop open mic

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