BRIC “Celebrate Brooklyn! Festival” Honors Hip-Hop 50 with Digable Planets and Brown Sugar Movie Screening

The 45th annual BRIC Celebrate Brooklyn! festival, NYC’s longest-running free performing arts festival, returns to Prospect Park with 20+ free shows, dance performances, and more.

BRIC commemorates Hip-Hop’s 50th anniversary with two days of dedicated programming at the Lena Horne Bandshell. Experience interactive games, talks, music, and a film screening at BRIC Hip-Hop. The festival highlights Hip-Hop culture and community connection, celebrating 50 years of this influential genre.

Fall programming at BRIC House will explore various aspects of Hip-Hop culture, including visual art, fashion, education, and advocacy. The celebrations continue with a BRIC Hip-Hop Block Party on September 10.

The weekend festivities feature Digable Planets in concert, renowned for their Afro-Future aesthetic. Kari Faux and Wiki will also perform, showcasing their talents as Southern rapper, singer, producer, DJ, and fashion designer, and NYC indie rap ingénue, respectively.

Brown Sugar, a classic film, and ode to Hip-Hop, will be screened, honoring the unsung heroes of the genre who shape the Hip-Hop ecosystem. The event includes a special ceremony celebrating women in Hip-Hop, with fashion trailblazer April Walker. DJ sets by Donwill and Quinnette add to the vibrant atmosphere.

Don’t miss the 50th Anniversary of Hip-Hop celebrations at the Lena Horne Bandshell on August 11 and 12, as BRIC’s Hip-Hop 50th Anniversary Weekend pays tribute to the genre’s rich legacy while uplifting both established and emerging artists. See the full line-up below, and visit BRIC for a full breakdown of the festivities.

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