4ESydney Festival & Conference 2022
“Blacktown Arts are proud to partner with 4ESydney on a multi-day HipHop Festival & Conference at The Leo Kelly Blacktown Arts Centre
The 4Elements HipHop Project (4ESydney) utilises HipHop and music culture to foster artistic careers and generate community harmony, engagement and skills development. 4ESydney is the only festival and project of its kind, specialising in HipHop culture and multi artform, interdisciplinary practice.
It acts as a meeting ground, a space where community, industry and education meet, to create unique opportunities for the growth and preservation of HipHop culture, professional development and industry sustainability.
For the community, by the community, now in its seventh year, 4ESydney continues to gradually build a global infrastructure and platform for HipHop in Australia.
4esydney HipHop Festival & Conference 2022
The Leo Kelly Blacktown Arts Centre
24 and 25 June 2022
Friday 24 June 2022, 10am – 7pm
Pay what you can between $0 – $45
Saturday 25 June 2022, 12pm – 10pm
Free entry (Registrations encouraged)
4ESydney Conference – Where Are We Now?
Hosted by Shyamla and Maxine Johns
Join powerhouse community and industry leaders shine a light on deeply rooted issues surrounding the music industry from within, while exploring problem-solving and forward-thinking solutions with a conscious take on community and the ever-evolving development of our industry.
We are in a new era, a new way of living. As we kick back into gear, engaging in a post-pandemic world we are learning quickly that things are not the same as we remain agile and adapt to a ‘new normal’.
The conference will delve into relevant and timely matters that are impacting our experiences in music business such as the level of investment into Western Sydney, and where it is or is not going; the amplification of spaces and opportunities; dissecting the cross-sector industries HipHop is featuring in; and examine the current state of the post-pandemic touring and venue challenges, opportunities and evolutions.
Keynote: Dr Alethea Beetson (BLAKSOUND/ BLAK SOCIAL/ DIGI YOUTH ARTS): Dismantle > Change: You Can’t Fix A System With The Same F***ing System
The music industry is focused on change, however; is there any real talk of dismantling or making way for the on-going revolution? Join Dr Alethea Beetson as she presents her findings on dismantling the music industry; and speaks to the power of insurgence and resurgence amongst First Nations artists.
In conversation: K-Sera (CADA 96.1FM) with Maxine Johns
HipHop and Other Spaces: Where you at?
Exploring the impact of HipHop in fields connected to the music industry such as theatre, gaming, sync, sports, education, fashion and social justice, analysing the different outlets, their relationship and contribution to the culture, while also conducting a critical observation of the current representation of HipHop, its adaptation into spaces and how artists are developing alternative income streams.
Back To Business: The reality of a post covid world.
Addressing the post-pandemic state of touring, staffing and running events, accenting the challenges and problem-solving tactics of industry creatives while navigating the current climate surrounding venue engagement, responsibilities and investments reflecting on what steps we collectively and individually need to take towards a better tomorrow for the music, events and touring business
From Little Things, Big Things Grow: Show me the money!
All eyes are on Western Sydney thanks to the rapidly growing grassroots and community driven collectives, creatives and industry that has been driven by generations of artists and industry who have established careers through instinct, hustle and sharing of resources. How do we make sure upcoming injections of funds hit the right people, places and spaces? This discussion will delve into topics of investment with an inquisitive eye at grants distribution, different levels of Government to look at where the money is going and how it can be accessed
Hosted By Mirrah and P.Smurf
One jam-packed day with all your favourite artists in the one spot!
It’s free, all ages and family friendly with music, dance, competitions, dj’s, live graffiti and arts wall, exhibitions, art activations, food and more!
Barkaa, A.Girl, Hot Brown Honey, Jk-47, Kobie Dee, Tasman Keith, Nardean, Dobby, Mrvz, Mc Trey, Emily Wurramara, Mike Champion, Luka Lesson, Áine Tyrrell, Lee Monro, Isaac Puerile, Micah Acosta, Spvrrow, The Idealistics and Get It Done.
Plus DJ’s Mistah Cee, Dj D, Diola, Mk-1, Wicked Bandit, Liche and Esky.
Proudly funded by the NSW Government in association with Blacktown City Council and Blacktown Arts.
Event Partners 4ESydney and Vyva Entertainment