Back To The City 2019

19 March 2019

“Freedom is the oxygen of the soul. ~ Moshe Dayan”

Freedom for us Back to the City  Likers and fans is Hip Hop! There is literally no better vibes to be submerged in on the 27th of April, every year, in the city of gold but at Back to the City. 13 years in, with a 100% annual attendance increase, its time to mark your calendars and come create your very own freedom charter. Check out our experience last year.

Hip Hop Culture heads stand up! Artists representing the pinnacle of artistic expression from South Africa and abroad, this unique annual youth event has grown into the largest public display of both commercial and underground Hip Hop in Africa. A day of live music, street art, break-dancing, art installation, skateboarding, film, street fashion, gaming, speakers and panel discussions. This is one time that the inner city comes alive with true freedom of expression providing a destination for hip hop fans, artists and industry related individuals to converge and celebrate the experience of hip hop and youth culture.

The day begins with an educational Hip Hop Summit offering an exchange of knowledge from industry gurus working within the media, advertising, and music business arenas. The aim of these workshops was to effectively empower the artist with as much knowledge to enable them to efficiently administrate their career and brand growth. We wanted to utilise the culture as a tool to encourage critical thinking, social change, and unity while empowering communities through media, arts, education and independent initiatives.

For to be free is not merely to cast off one’s chains, but to live in a way that respects and enhances the freedom of others. ~ Nelson Mandela

Topics such as Publishing, Distribution, Recording, Independent versus Mainstream, Funding, and Entrepreneurship are openly discussed allowing audience members a chance to actively engage speakers, facilitating access to resources as well as empowering the youth with valuable knowledge.

Live performances and DJs entertain throughout the day while graffiti artists utilise the surrounding street walls as their canvasses, creating colourful masterpieces in the city. The Second stage is reserved for competitions for rappers, beatmakers, dancers, and alternative Hip Hop performances. The 3rd stage is strictly for live bands.

The Details:

Date: 27 April 2018

Venue: Mary Fitzgerald Square, Newtown Johannesburg

Times: Doors open at 10AM

Tickets: Available at Webtickets

Geared up and ready for a day of culture, learning, liking and of course a killer HIP HOP lineup! Visit for more information on all the activities scheduled for the day or keep it social and informed on their social media handles below:

Facebook: Back To The City Festival

Twitter: @BacktothecitySA

Instagram: @backtothecityfestival


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