The Kennedy Center

Hip Hop

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Upcoming Events


Orion's Rise: A Special Performance with Solange and The Sun Ra Arkestra

Sun, Oct 1, 2017, 8:00 PM

Solange describes A Seat At The Table, which she began writing in 2013, as "a project on identity, empowerment, independence, grief and healing."
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In the Beginning Dance Party: Rich Medina + The Marksmen

Fri, Oct 6, 2017, 9:00 PM

Join us for a dance party when world-renowned Hip Hop, house, soul, afrobeat, funk, breaks, and dance classics DJ Rich Medina teams up with The Marksmen. Free, no tickets required!


Words, Beats and Life Festival: Top Notch B-boy & B-girl Competition and Fine Lines Paint Jam

Sun, Nov 5, 2017, 12:00 PM

Celebrate the art forms of breakdancing and graffitti with FREE events presented by D.C. Hip Hop nonprofit Words Beats & Life.


The Bridge Concert Series: Pioneering Emcees, Vol. 1

Mon, Nov 20, 2017, 8:00 PM

Celebrate the trailblazing artists who laid the foundation for Hip Hop culture with an evening of music from early Hip Hop giants.

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In the Beginning Dance Party: Holiday Jam and Silent Disco 

Fri, Dec 8, 2017, 7:00 PM

Join the Kennedy Center for this holiday jam and silent disco edition featuring iconic DJs. Free, no tickets required!


Critical Breaks Reading Series: Chasing Mehserle 

Mar 9 - Mar 10, 2018

This captivating performance piece examines race, class, gender, and privilege through the lens of a fictional character as he processes the real-life murder of Oscar Grant.

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Wild Style 35th Anniversary Film Screening, Discussion & Demo 

Fri, Mar 16, 2018, 7:00 PM

Experience the rise of early Hip Hop as documented by Wild Style, often considered Hip Hop's first motion picture, with a special screening, discussion, and demo in celebration of the 35th anniversary of the New Directors/New Film screening.

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In the Beginning Dance Party: Wild Style Dance Party featuring Grand Wizard Theodore & Grandmaster Caz 

Fri, Mar 16, 2018, 9:00 PM

Join a dance party led by legendary DJs Grand Wizard Theodore and Grandmaster Caz in celebration of the 35th anniversary of the New Directors/New Film screening of Wild Style. Free, no tickets required!


Between the World and Me 

Sat, Apr 7, 2018, 8:00 PM

Experience Ta-Nehisi Coates' book Between the World and Me with a live performance event weaving together excerpted selections, interactive visual storytelling, and newly composed music. Featured on the New York Times best-seller list, Between the World and Me offers a powerful framework for understanding our nation’s history and current crisis.

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