Sunflower Bar, 65 Union Street
18th March: 7.00pm – 12.00am (doors 6.30pm)
A four-part tribute to Hip Hop culture in Northern Ireland.
7.00pm: Film: Bombin’, Beats and B-Boys
A special screening of Chris Eva’s acclaimed documentary about the Hip Hop scene in Belfast, Bombin’, Beats and B-Boys, which shows how Hip Hop and its early proponents were peacemakers in a broken community.
There will be a post-screening audience Q&A/panel discussion featuring film maker Chris Eva, Geoff Allen (ex-MC for Belfast City Breakers) founder of 3 CORE, a Belfast rap group who were the first rap group to reach number one in the UK hip hop chart, Portrush rapper Slaine Browne and the very godfather of Northern Ireland breakdancing himself William Madden, chaired by Caitriona Mullan (Chair of the International Centre for Local and Regional Development (ICLRD)).
For years, filmmaker Eva has recorded Northern Ireland’s growing underground Hip Hop scene, where sectarian baggage is left behind and the catchphrase is, “It’s not where you’re from – it’s where you’re at.” From old school b-boys to present-day rappers, Eva’s film shows how Hip Hop and its early proponents were peacemakers in a broken community.
Filmmaker, Chris Eva takes us on an insightful journey into the lives of a range of people who have been touched and inspired by the culture of Hip Hop. They discuss themes of identity and our past, and how Hip Hop played, and still plays, a vital role in helping us overcome certain issues like flags and belief systems. Chris filmed over an eight year period and also adds a unique addition – his personal archive that he gathered over the years during his time as a skater in the nineties. Many of the characters in the film are friends from his skating days, giving him amazing access to and content from some big players who are now household names in NI Hip-Hop.
Focusing on the four main elements of Hip Hop (Graffiti, MCing, Break-Dancing and DJing), we see interviews from the legendary Belfast City Breakers talking about how they broke down barriers during the Troubles through their lives as B-Boys, The film also features the TMN crew whose urban graffiti work is up all over Belfast and MC’s like Wile Man discussing how Hip Hop stopped him from falling into a life of crime.
This is an insightful and inspiring film about a culture that speaks to millions.
8.30pm: Breakers Showcase
Breakdancing, or b-boying or b-girling, is one of the integral elements of Hip Hop culture and we have put together a special showcase of Northern Ireland’s finest breakers so that you can check out their moves.
Marvel at the moves of Belfast’s finest breakers in this special showcase from 5th Element NI, plus special guest(s) with an introduction by Terry Conlon about what Hip Hop does for us…
9.30pm: World Premiere of Hip Hop Comedy Game Show
Northern Irish comedian Rory McSwiggan (aka Les Ismore of Let’s Get Quizzical fame) unveils his new persona with his debut performance as a comedy medic in our hilarious new interactive game show where audiences will play Hip Hop Bingo and Family Fortunes. Dr Hip Hop will be dispensing both urban medical advice as well as some amazing prizes from the coolest, funkiest independent shops in Derry. Amazing and in some cases inappropriate prizes on the night courtesy of Little Acorns Bookstore, St. Jude Eatery, Abbazappa Record Shop, TRUNK and Little Blue World all based at Yellow Yard and from The Donegal Shop.
Watch Dr Hip Hop learn to get down with the rappers and build some cred in da hood live on-stage as he comperes the world premiere of this brand new game show brought to you by Eileen Walsh of Together in Pieces Interactive CIC.
10.30pm: When East meets North West
Now we bring together the finest rappers in the East to meet their compatriots from the North West for a show full of grit, energy, reality, humour, shock, skills, fun and a serious amount of variety. The North West Hip Hop collective, featuring Shane Deane (Emcee/Producer), The Dizzfunktional B.M.C (Emcee) and Amanda Healy (Singer/Songwriter/Musician) travel to the East to share the bill with Belfast Hip Hop duo Waking Android and Northcoasters DBMC’s in what promises to be an unforgettable night.
Don’t miss the world premiere of this revolutionary fun-filled evening, brought to you by Eileen Walsh of Together in Pieces Interactive CIC.