This year the Brussels-Capital region pays homage to hip-hop, with a summer programme dedicated to the urban art form.

Thanks to the implication of youth centres, the neighbourhoods and other actors who promote hip-hop culture, visit.brussels is planning a summer packed with whole host of urban activities.

Already on the programme is the ‘Yo. Brussels Hip-Hop Generations’ exhibition coproduced with BOZAR, which is inviting the public to consult archives and objects but also to get up close to today's hip-hop artists through the many workshops, performances, battles and other encounters. Ther will also be a non-stop activities going on in the square next to BOZAR. More information here.

At the same time, some twenty courses for young and less young have been organised in all four corners of Brussels thanks to the support of the CBAI - Centre Bruxellois d’Action Interculturelle (Brussels Centre for Intercultural Action). For more information, click here.

The summer HIP HOP "extends" from September to November with a diverse program of free or paid events, in all four corners of Brussels. Check here.

Hip-hop, this genuine global phenomenon, has its roots in the cultural development of large cities and the position of adolescents within these urban environments, both on the ground and in the mediasphere.  Known for the richness of its diversity and disciplines, hip-hop has improved with each generation.” Originating in a New York of the 1970s suffering the pains of dis-industrialisation, hip-hop was launched by adolescents alienated from the prevailing values of a society from which they felt excluded.

As the world has since globalised, several generations of young bruxellois have successively participated in this cultural movement, each one appropriating it in turn. With the explosion in television channels and the new technologies, hip-hop has been constantly reinventing itself through its four favoured means of expression: dance, graffiti, DJing and rap. It is this complex culture that the region will celebrate until October 2017.

Support: Wallonia-Brussels Federation, Brussels-Capital Region,  Flemish Community, French Community Commission