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16th Annual DC Hip-Hop Theater Festival Schedule

Word is Bond

16th Annual DC Hip-Hop Theater Festival | July 11-23, 2016

For well over a decade, The DC Hip-Hop Theater Festival presented by Hi-ARTS has showcased the stories, people, music, dance, and word of Hip-Hop live and on stage worldwide. Over the past 15 years, the DC HHTF has served over 25,000 people in the DC area with its programs. The DC Festival receives unprecedented support from major institutions and longstanding partners in Washington, D.C., including The Kennedy Center, DC Commission on Arts and Humanities and Dance Place.

Curated by Goldie Patrick, the 2016 DC Hip-Hop Theater Festival is designed to capture the identity of Washington, D.C. through the unique stories produced in it, by it, and from it. while also celebrating the D.C. wordsmiths of drama, poetry, and hip-hop culture. This year’s festival, using visual art, space, and productions, is focused on promoting D.C.'s own talent, storytellers, and stories through the vehicle of Hip-Hop Theater. It creates a platform for the city to revisit and reflect on how the word connects communities, experiences, and our past and future in D.C. through the theme Word Is Bond.

Check out this year's events:

(click on the title of each event for detailed info including tickets and/or RSVPs)

Word is Bond: Opening Reception

Monday July 11, 2016 | 7:00pm-10:00pm
@ Anacostia Arts Center

A Sucker Emcee

Tuesday & Wednesday July 12 & 13, 2016 | 7:00pm
@ The John F. Kennedy Center for Performing Arts

Youth Hip-Hop Theatre Showcase

Friday July 15, 2016 | 10:30am-12:00pm

Brave New Voices Semi- Finals

Friday July 15, 2016 | 6:00pm
@ The Women's Museum & The Reagan Center

Phife is Living

Saturday July 16, 2016 | 12:00pm
@ Riverside Center

Brave New Voices Grand Slam Finals

Saturday July 16, 2016 | 7:00pm
@ The John F. Kennedy Center for Performing Arts, Concert Hall

The Message: Hip-Hop of the Past, Present and Future

Tuesday July 19, 2016 | 8:00pm
@ Anacostia Playhouse

Sound of the Underground

Wednesday July 20, 2016 | 8:00pm
@ The Source Theatre

Jack Ya Body

Friday & Saturday July 22 & 23, 2016 | 8:00pm
@ Dance Place

Closing Party: Saturday Night Special

Saturday July 23, 2016 | 10:00pm-2:00am
@ Smith Public Trust 

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