4Elements 2016 - Review
The second annual 4Elements HipHop Festival went down on Saturday 19th March at the Bankstown Arts Centre and was a huge success for the organisers and public alike with over 1,000 people flocking to celebrate Harmony Day. This was a definitive celebration of the four elements of HipHop through dance, graffiti, emceeing and djing, utilising the skill sets of the powerful Sydney HipHop scene to put forth a day of music, inspiration, diversity and a sense of community from start to finish.
Vyvienne Abla of Vyva Entertainment with the support of Bankstown Youth Development Service and Bankstown City Council hosted a line up consisting of 100 local artists from over 40 different cultural backgrounds as well as international special guest Freedom Williams of C+C Music Factory who came down to enjoy the event and speak on the industry panel held on the day.
With a fluidity of an arts centre that brought the outside in, Bankstown Arts Centre was transformed into a HipHop oasis where people could chill, dance, mingle through an impromptu art gallery and get involved in 70 meters of huge blank canvas alongside graffiti heavy hitters Mistery, Peque, Days, Jesta and Unique along with many other writers and with crates of vinyl, allowing people to try their hand at some graffiti. Kids playing and being inspired by the sounds of artists, both seasoned and newbies to the stage, entertaining everybody through song, rap or spoken word was a beautiful thing to witness. On the outside of the centre were cars, DJ decks set up and incredible dance crews breaking it down for the crowd and sharing their talent for popping and locking for the public to witness and get involved in.