A Hip Hop Journey: 50 Years Of Kulture: Nike Air Vandals, Kangol hat, gold chain, sunglasses, and MCM jacket

A Hip Hop Journey: 50 Years Of Kulture‘ – a new exhibition celebrating the 50th anniversary of the first block party and formation of kulture – is coming to Leeds City Museum from 28 July 2023 – 24 March 2024.

Co-curated with Leeds Museums and Galleries and the volunteer-run Hip Hop Historian Society, this exhibition will showcase the history of the ground breaking movement and its impact in Leeds, for the first time.

Working with inspirational local artists, renowned record shops, and communities from Leeds and Yorkshire, the exhibition will bring together stories and objects which promote and cultivate the positive Hip Hop ethos and values of justice, peace, respect, self-worth, community, and having fun.

A Hip Hop Journey: 50 Years Of Kulture -Painted denim jackets

Featuring artworks, photography, video, fashion, instruments, memorabilia and more, A Hip Hop Journey will take visitors through a series of recreated rooms which represent some of the ways people experience Hip Hop – whether at home, in a record store, or at a gig venue.

Visitors will experience the wealth of unique talent that the Leeds Hip Hop scene has produced including Nightmares on Wax, Breaking the Illusion, LSK, Braintax, Skinnyman, Tommy Evans, and Jehst. The exhibition will also pay homage to pioneering MCs like MC Daddy Speedo, and independent record labels such as Low Life, YNR, Firstwords, and Invizible Circle.

A Hip Hop Journey: 50 Years Of Kulture - Selection of hip hop magazines

There will be a range of workshops and celebratory events marking DJ Kool Herc’s landmark block party and the 49th Hip Hop History Month’s community day, please visit Leeds City Museum’s website for the full events programme, to include musical performances and workshops from break-dancers, beatboxers, graffiti artists, and DJs.

Images: courtesy and credited to Lee Arnold / Leigh Kenny

When: 28 Jul – March 2024
Where: Leeds City Museum, Millennium Square, Leeds, LS2 8BH

Hip Hop Historian Society

Leeds City Museum

A Hip Hop Journey: 50 Years Of Kulture - Tapes in original eject artwork box
A Hip Hop Journey: 50 Years Of Kulture - Boom Box
A Hip Hop Journey: 50 Years Of Kulture - LSK 'Roots' music sheet

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