Are you an aspiring hip hop artist? Do you love break dancing? Have you always wanted to be a rapper, but you don’t know where to start?

Applications are now open for young people aged 15-25 to take place in the St Kilda Youth Hip Hop Festival from 26 – 28 July 2019 at Theatre Works.

The St Kilda Youth Hip Hop Festival will provide young artists the opportunity to work with professional mentors to create exciting, new works. The program will give new and mid-career hip hop artists the chance to build their skills in the fields of breakdancing, DanceScratch recording, DJing, rap, song composition, spoken word, poetry, and much more!

The Festival will also consist of Q&A panels with key people in the arts industry, allowing young people to ask the questions that they’ve always wanted to have answered about a career in hip hop.

Through creating art, the Festival aims to empower young artist to find their voice, discover new passions and meet other people in the industry.




Candy Bowers

Candy Bowers is an award-winning writer, actor, social-activist, comedian and producer. The co-artistic director of Black Honey Company, Candy has pioneered a fierce sub-genre of hip hop theatre that delves into the heart of radical feminist dreaming.

Candy is currently working on her first feature film with ArenaMedia, an anthology of Australian monologues for Actors of Colour called EVERYBODY ELSE, Twelve – a soul musical from the streets (after Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night) and One the Bear – a fairytale for the hip hop generation heading to the Arts Centre Melbourne and Sydney Opera House in 2019.

Sista Zai

Sista Zai is a storyteller, educator and radio producer. She founded Stillwaters Storytelling Collective in 2011, a platform for Black women who write. Her latest project is the Pan Afrikan Poets Cafe, which she hosts and curates. Audiences at the Pan Afrikan Poets Cafe have been spoiled by over 100 performances by African and First Nations storytellers with headliners such as Australia’s Candy Bower’s, the London’s queen of theater and spoken word, Kat Francois and NYC’s queen of slam poetry, Mahogany L Browne. On Sundays, catch Sista Zai playing tunes on the Hip Sista Hop show on 3CR 855AM.

Abdul Hammoud

Abdul Hammoud is a spoken word artist based in Melbourne—by way of Lebanon—whose work deals with cultural division, war in the Middle East and the concept of masculinity. Although he only took up spoken word relatively recently, Abdul has already performed both locally and overseas alongside big poet-world names—such as Luka Lesson, Ken Arkind, Anis Mojgani, Sarah Kay, Taylor Mali and Shihan.

Joe Snow

Rapper Joe Snow, originally from Leeds UK, has spent the past few year in working as a graffiti artist mentor working with Youth as well linking up with local Melbourne producers on new music with local artists like Must Volkoff, U Wish, Able 8 and Sinks. After a hand full of successful albums with his home crew Defenders Of Style this will be Joe’s second solo release. The 7 track EP features the likes of Lego, Datkid, Res One and Defender’s Of Style’s Prys, with production by Hashfinger, Must Volkoff, Able 8, U Wish, Sinks and Lego. Watch out for the visuals for ‘She Wish’ coming soon.

Pang Productions

Pang Productions Australian hip hop artists have been working hard over the past few years to hone their skills and have been making some classic hip hop including some big releases from Must over the last year. Nelson Dialect has made the trip back to Australia after a recent European

Dagogo Obogo

Dagogo Obogo was born in Nigeria on the west coast of Africa. Dagogo’s talents have taken him all over the world, teaching and performing in more than 15 countries. He has received wide acclaim for his show stopping talents including 2 times Couples Dance Champion and Runner Up in the Let’s Dance West Africa.

As an in demand and accomplished choreographer, Dagogo has choreographed and taught dance creative development classes in more than 50 schools and choreographed productions made up of more than 1,000 people for various carnivals, events and shows. His work has featured in numerous musical productions. Notorious for his creative choreography Dagogo’s strengths make him an incredibly inspiring and fun dance teacher. Dagogo always aims to make a student’s day just a little brighter. He always gets the best out of the students as he brings inspiration, drama, dance and oh so much personality.

Tariro Mavondo

Based in Melbourne, Tariro is a multi-disciplinary storyteller, theatre maker, curator, cultural diversity and performance consultant, performance facilitator across performing arts, education, government, mental health, law enforcement and social justice. She graduated in 2011 from the Victorian College of the Arts with a Bachelor of Dramatic Arts, and received the Irene Mitchell Award for excellence in her final year.


Thando has been gracing stages around Australia with her electric presence and powerhouse vocals.

Heralded as a commanding performer, her ability to tell a story takes her audience on a journey of loving oneself and reflection. Her 2016 debut EP ‘Digital Love Letters’ paved the road to a slew of festival appearances such as BIGSOUND (2016), Strawberry Fields and Woodford Folk Festival and NYE on The Hill.

She has since gone onto open for Soul crooner Leon Bridges, R&B master Maxwell, and collaborated with Australian Hip Hop greats, REMI and Sampa the Great. This multi-dimensional performer is looking toward solidifying her status as Australia’s newest first lady of R&B.

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