First major regional hip hop festival to hit Doha Thursday
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The first Arab Hip-Hop Festival will be kick off on April 3 at the Hilton Hotel Doha, featuring over a dozen established Arab hip-hop artistes from around the world.
The festival will showcase Rap, DJ-ing, breakdancing, beatboxing and Graffiti art.
More than 1200 visitors are expected to witness and interact in phenomenal shows, competitions, movie screenings, and panel discussions. Fans will also have the opportunity to meet and greet key hip-hop celebrities, learn new skills through workshops, and enjoy a range of live performance and competitions around the area.
The festival will feature the first Arab Hip Hop conference, which will be attended by Hip-hop experts, speakers and media representatives from around the nation and region on April 3 and the outdoor festival on April 5 and 6, with musical performances and diverse zones, such as the Fan Zone, VIP Lounge, and Battleground, where various stage acts will all be featured.
“AHF’s concept is beyond bringing the artists and providing a source of public entertainment, it focuses on creating innovative strategies in diversifying the hip-hop culture in the Arab world,” says Ahmad Aba Zaid, Syrian Beatboxer and Director of Arab Hip Hop Festival 2014.
The Arab Hip-hop Festival will feature some of the industry’s leading acts including Doha based beatboxer Ahmad Aba Zaid, B M G & K I M from France, Satti from Jordan, Boikutt and El Far3i from Palestine, the Arabian Knightz crew, MC Amin from Egypt and female rapper Malikah from Lebanon.
“There is an increasing upsurge in the number of young people who hold an interest in the hip hop culture within the region. This presents a need for more youth-oriented events of this kind. The Arab Hip Hop Festival will give fresh talents a chance to explore their skills, and develop new ones. However, this is an event that brings Arab artists together, not only to perform, but also to tackle key issues on how to expand the hip-hop culture in the Arab world. We hope to see this new initiative flourish in the long run,” said Mohamed Farid, Founder and CEO of The Youth Company.
The festival is organised by Youth Enterprise in partnership with, Youth Hub Qatar, Hilton Hotel, and Red Apple Events and Media.