WHY ATTEND HIPLIFE FEST?
HIPLIFE is a way of life, a lifestyle. Like Hip Hop, Hiplife is more than a genre of music with its roots name derived from HI-LIFE music of Ghana, West Africa. It’s style of afrobeats, afro pop and funk, induced with rap music fused with fashion and the culture of the people of Africa. HIPLIFE has no limitation to its root or origin, scope of music, fashion and style. HIPLIFE like any culture continues to evolve beyond Africans and has become a global Sensation. AFROBEATS have taken a center stage, globally. The culture, the style, the dance has become a worldwide phenomenon.
HIPLIFE FEST celebrates the culture of HIPLIFE, its rhythm of Afrobeats and its people around the world with syndicated festivals in various cities, creating a platform to highlight the diversity, of the culture and various emerging and established talent. At Hiplife Fest, you will discover and explore a new love for Afrobeats, see your all time favorite artists and bands from the motherland, Africa. You will find a new appreciation for African arts and its connections to Harlem world and the renaissance.
WHAT’S THE CAUSE ?
While HIPLIFE FEST is celebrating culture and diversity through music, arts, fashion, and the likes, It mainly used as a platform to promote awareness. It supports a vital cause through the VISION 2020 CAMPAIGN of The RESCUE PROJECT. The RESCUE PROJECT is a non-profit subsidiary of HAVEN HANDS Inc, a 501(c)3 organization aimed at providing clean water and sanitation for over 200 million individuals worldwide by raising $20 million for the cause. With a genuine passion for protecting the health and well-being of those deprived of necessities throughout the world, The Rescue Project uses its pillars of pure altruism and dedication to increase the supply of safe water and ensure healthy eyesight by the year 2020. Conveniently named, “The 2020 Vision Campaign,” The RESCUE PROJECT believes that by increasing the access to such a simple element of life such as water can change the lives of millions.
WHAT SHOULD I EXPECT? THE ITINERARY
The HIPLIFE will be festival is a 3-day event starting on Friday July 26th, 2019 to Sunday July 28th, 2019. The event includes various shows, parties, comercing on a Friday night with a full day public concert on a Saturday featuring various artists performing in front of thousands of audience at the Adam Clayton Powell building from 10 am -10 pm and art exhibitions in Harlem. A weekend of fun while exploring various afrobeat musical acts, local bar & restaurant partners. You’ll also have access to exclusive parties, happy hours, and events throughout the festival depending on which ticket or badge level you purchased. Updated weekend itinerary will be update few weeks prior to the festival.
This warm-up event will conclude with the fundraiser benefit award gala (CAREGIVERS BALL) Sunday, 6pm-10pm. HAVEN HANDS CAREGIVERS BALL adds to the list of various fundraiser events of the VISION 2020 CAMPAIGN, supporting the overall goal and the mission to put children and women above all else by providing access to basic human needs such as clean drinking water, food, education, and basic healthcare. The installation of HIPLIFE FEST will conclude every year with the #CAREGIVERSBALL, a benefit fundraiser, bringing together all compassionate people from all walks of life, celebrities and supporters to close out the music/lifestyle festival with a bang but most importantly with LOVE & COMPASSION to GIVE TO OTHERS. The night will also honor and recognize artists and those who have dedicated their lives in support of human basic rights, through award programs during the ball.
HOW CAN I GET INVOLVE?
Everyone can play a part in our efforts to provide access to basic life necessities such as clean drinking water, food, healthcare and education for women and children in every corner of the globe. There are various ways to get involve in our cause. Your involvement, no matter how small can change someones world for the better. You can apply to become an ambassador, volunteer during our events and campaigns, supporting with your resources, helping spread the word or simply donating to our cause. Click here to donate or here to inquire about becoming involved in our cause.
WHEN IS THE HIPLIFE FEST?
HIPLIFE FEST will be held in the last weekend of every July.
HOW DO I ATTEND?
There are a couple of different ways to attend HIPLIFE FEST. The best and most convenient route is to buy a festival a Premium badge or you may buy a pass / ticket for individual events outlined on the schedule section of this site. The free outdoor shows are open to the public. To attend those, an RSVP is required for admission unless you have a Premium badge. You can simply flash that at the gate for admission.
Premium Badge will grant you access to every music show, panel, comedy show and event taking place during the festival on a first-come, first-served basis. As a HIPLIFE FEST badge-holder, you’ll be eligible for discounts with our local bar & restaurant partners. You’ll also have access to exclusive parties, happy hours, and events throughout the festival. Lastly, you may purchase a VIP badge which give you preferential treatment and no waiting lines at all events. For different types of tickets please click here.
WHAT IS THE DRESS CODE?
HIPLIFE FEST is about African culture, food, arts and fashion. So, as you plan to attend, be sure to express your fashion senses. The HIPLIFE platform is all about expression of the arts. Depending on which event you plan on attending be fly and own it!
WHERE DO I GET MY TICKET OR PASSES?
To buy your pass or tickets, you must purchase them from a link here on our site. In very rare cases tickets may be sold at the door. Because all tickets and entry are first come first served basis, you must be sure to show up on time if you have already purchased a ticket or a pass for any of the events. Be careful of buying fake passes or tickets that are not affiliated with the festival
WHY IS MY TICKET/PASS ADMISSION FIRST COME FIRST SERVED?
The number of reserved spots for badges is relative to the size of the venue, so the number allowed into each event varies. We realize how much it sucks to spend money and be turned away at the door, but it’s important to realize that admission is not guaranteed. So if there’s a music show or screening or panel that you really, really want to see, we recommend either getting there early or buying an individual ticket. But even if you don’t do these things, you’ll be able to see lots of great shows, and talks armed with nothing more than your badge/wristband. For the most part, venues do honor a one-in, one-out policy, meaning if a badge-holder leaves at any point during a show and there’s another badge-holder waiting to get inside, they’ll be able to enter at that time.
TRAVEL INFO/ GETTING HERE
TRAIN: Take the A, B, C, D, 2, or 3 trains to 125 Street and walk to the Adam Clayton Powell building or any other nearby event location. All events are in close proximity to each other.
BY AIR: Wherever you are coming from your airport destination should be JFK, LAGUARDIA or NEWARK AIRPORT. You may then take a cab to Central Harlem, 125 Street and Adam Clayton Powell.
WHERE SHOULD I STAY DURING THE FESTIVAL?
Our event management team has coordinated with various nearby hotels for your convenience but more so to get you the best discounts. AIRBNB is also a good option, be sure to visit their sites for availabilities in Harlem or the near area.
WHERE IS HIPLIFE FEST?
HIPLIFE FEST takes place in various venues, concert spaces, and hotels in the Harlem neighborhoods, which makes getting around from event to event a breeze. All other locations involved will be displayed online on the schedule section of the site.
Harlem is the melting pot of music and arts of Africanism. Apollo theater, right in the heart of Harlem has been the biggest stage many stars of the past and today has seen their light of fame. As a landmark of Harlem, The Apollo theater has been estimated to have seen over 1.3 million visitors yearly. Since 1918, Harlem has been the center stage for African cultural movement accompanied with cycles of economic booms. Harlem is known for its renaissance, rooted with social, intellectual and artistic expressions of African Americans. Known for the high population of African American migration in the early 1900s. Harlem has birthed some of the major historical African American artistry America has yet seen. Jazz music, Blues, Pop, Bebop and many other musical genres and stars call Harlem home.
Today, while Harlem is experiencing effects of gentrification, good or bad, it still remains the center stage for artistic expressions. HIPLIFE being an evolvement of such artistic expressions, becoming the new global sensation. HIPLIFE FESTIVAL celebrates the heritage while continuing to set the stage for the next generation yet to come.
I AM WITH THE PRESS CAN I REGISTER FOR A PASS?
You may fill out press applications here. Your application will be reviewed and considered. Questions can be directed to Hiplife.press@BFDPR.com
WHAT IS YOUR CODE OF CONDUCT?
HIPLIFE FEST is committed to providing a safe and fun space for all attendees. By attending the festival, you are not only expected to be treated in a respectable manner, but are also expected to treat others the same. HIPLIFE FEST will not tolerate any harassment — be it staff, attendees, bands, volunteers, speakers, or sponsors — against any of our guests. This includes comments designed to offend and inflamed around gender, gender identity, age, sexual orientation, disability, physical appearance, race, or religion. This also includes more physical transgressions, including sustained disruption of panel events, harassing photography or recording, stalking, and inappropriate physical contact or unwelcome sexual attention. Note that if you are found to be breaking these rules, you can be expelled from the festival immediately. If you find yourself in any of these situations or another that makes you uncomfortable, please seek out a staff member immediately.
I PURCHASED MY TICKET, I GOT MY EMAIL CONFIRMATION. DO I NEED TO PICK UP A PHYSICAL BADGE?
YESSS! Way to go! Before attending any event, you need to understand that your email tickets are not valid until you trade in that email confirmation for your physical badge or wristband at HIPLIFE FEST Headquarters located in the Adam Clayton Powell building.
To redeem your badge each individual badge-holder must bring a photo ID. You might be asked to show ID at venues to confirm the badge you are using is yours. You can change the name on your order via Eventbrite’s help center before picking up your badge, so if one person from your group of friends/family ordered for everybody, you can make sure everyone’s set.
DO YOU HAVE ANY VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES AT HIPLIFE FEST?
We are always excited about people like you, who devotes time to help support our cause. Click here to fill out our volunteer application.
I HAVE NOT RECEIVED ANY EMAIL CONFIRMATIONS SINCE MY PURCHASE? WHAT DO I DO?
If for some reason you don’t see a confirmation in your inbox within 24 hours of purchase, check your spam folder; it might be hiding. If you’re still coming up empty handed, click here to access the Eventbrite help center.
HOW CAN I BECOME A SPONSOR?
HIPLIFE FEST is built on the love of music and humanity. We are always open to discuss partnership opportunities and ways to create magic together while serving humanity. Please reach out to us for further details on sponsorship. Sponsorship.Hiplife@bfdpr.com
I AM AN ARTIST. HOW CAN I PERFORM AT HIPLIFE FEST?
While we can not promise or guarantee your performance at our curated shows, we are nonetheless excited about discovering new talents and your contributions to our pool of artists. We are especially excited about talents that can fuse Afrofunk , Afro pop, dance hall, dance music, Rhythm and Blues, Jazz, reggae and afrobeats . You may simply contact us with your materials/ work for possible future considerations.