After the success of There is no Planet B gig we decided to host another climate change performance evening to continue to inspire our community.
That got us thinking: Hip Hop, Rap and Poetry have historically been vehicles for social change, with the current climate crisis there’s an opportunity for everyone to reflect on the situation, express themselves through spoken word and ultimately create art which stimulates climate action.
The idea of Hip Hope was born.
We invited Johnny Cypher, an established climate change rapper and hip hop workshop provider to host 4 writing and coaching workshops with our community at our community library.
We offered everyone in the community the chance to collect their own thoughts on climate change, write them down on paper, structure them and then transform their writing into a short performance piece. Whatever their writing experience we were keen to encourage involvement.
Over 4 workshops the participants were coached on content, structure, flow, editing, performance techniques and have a chance to practice. All participants were offered a chance to perform their piece as part of our climate change gig.
Hosted at McChuills on Tuesday 4th June, we were delighted to have Glasgow based singer-songwriter Becci Wallace opening the show.
Becci has been writing for many years and released her self-penned album, Fragmentality in 2015. Previously collaborating on a project with Glasgow based writer Catherine Smith to write a song about Mars’ going though physical changes, Becci used this track as a base and added a climate change verse to the song.
A phenomenal performance to open our gig.
Joining Becci in performance were Sentrix, NYX, Glesgadelic and Johnny Cypher, all established hip hop performers who brought their existing climate change performances to the evening.
There were 5 brand new climate change pieces written during our Hip Hope workshops and we were ecstatic to invite them along to perform on the evening, although not all did!
Thank you to Suzy, Kyle and Billy for taking part in our workshops and event. Although not all the new pieces were performed live we plan to create a video to showcase the work.
Look out for the Ricefield Go Green climate change poem written by myself and Johnny Cypher which will be published soon!
We are delighted to announce we will have another climate change gig thanks to our funding. This time we are hosting it at The Flying Duck in Glasgow City Centre.
If you are interested in hearing about the next set of climate change writing workshops then please email firstname.lastname@example.org for more details