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Can I Kick It? / Yes You Can! - UCC Hip Hop Takeover

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Can I Kick It? / Yes You Can! - UCC Hip Hop Takeover


1pm - 5pm


UCC Main Campus

Additional Info

Free and open to all ages

A hip hop takeover of UCC’s Devere Hall & outdoor amphitheatre in collaboration with Union Black & Cuttin’ Heads Collective, featuring rappers, singers, and musicians from The Kabin Studio/Music Generation Cork City & Ireland’s Got Talent Champions, Billie-Jean’s RDC and hosted by Red FM’s Stevie G.

Featuring live performances of hip hop’s ‘Four Elements’ – DJing, Rapping, Graffiti Art, and B-Boy and B-Girl Dance – this live event and workshop will turn the centre of UCC’s campus into a celebration of hip hop arts. The event will then turn to hip hop’s ‘Fifth Element’ – street knowledge – in two discussion panels supported by the British Council examining the common ground between hip hop, soccer, circus performance, and other allied art forms addressed in Union Black, a production created for Circus250: Diverse*Real*Physical, a European project between Cork Midsummer Festival and three other partners.

10.30am - 12.30pm – Juggling and movement workshop
Theatre Lab, Connolly Buildings, Western Road, Cork

For those interested in developing their juggling and movement skills we are offering a FREE 2 hour morning workshop on 16 June for adults with two of the Union Black artists, Alex Allison and Davi Hora.  To book your place email

The following events take place at the Student Centre, UCC Campus, Donovan Road, Cork:

1-1:45pm - Performances 1 (Amphitheatre by the Student Centre)
Stevie G (Red FM DJ) - Welcome
Performances by Kabin Studio Crew/Music Generation Cork City: Singers, DJs,and Rappers, including Mankyy, Aswell, Jonen, Gavin, and the next generation of Irish hip hop!

1:45-2:30pm - Panel 1 - From the Block to the Border: Hip Hop Politics (Devere Hall)
Stevie G, Moderator with Ophelia (Rapper/Singer/Bassist), Outsider YP (Rapper), Karl Kitching (UCC Director of Equality, Diversity and Inclusion), Eileen Hogan (UCC Lecturer in Applied Social Studies), and J. Griffith Rollefson (UCC Lecturer in Popular Music Studies)

Check in by FB Live w/International Graffiti Jam in Cork City Centre

2:30-3:15pm - Performances 2 (Amphitheatre by the Student Centre)
Outsider YP (Rapper)
Ophelia (Rapper)
Spekulativ Fiktion (Rapper)
Jus'Me (DJ Turntablism)

Rhythm Rebels (Hip Hop Dance from Cork B-Boys and B-Girls)

3:15-4:00pm - Panel 2 - Union Black: The Future of Circus and Dance (Devere Hall)
Jools Gilson (Head of UCC School of Music and Theatre, Professor of Creative Practice), Moderator with Nedjma Hadj (Dance Curator, Artist Evaluator for Union Black), Rachel Clare (Artistic Director, Crying Out Loud), Matteusz Szczerek (Performer, Union Black)

Check in by FB Live w/International Graffiti Jam in Cork City Centre

4:00-5:00pm - Performances 3 (Amphitheatre by the Student Centre)
BillieJeans RDC (Ireland's Got Talent, 2018 Champions)
Hip Hop Cipher: Open Mic (Turntables, Rappers, Singers, Dancers)