Brooklyn Bodega, producers of the 7th Annual Brooklyn Hip-Hop Festival (BHF) announced this year’s dates today – July 11th- July 16th, 2011


Entering its 7th year as New York City’s largest Hip-Hop cultural event, Brooklyn Bodega will continue to build upon the expansion seen in 2010. Last year the Festival doubled in length going from a three day affair to a six day celebration of music, dance, art, food, and the borough of Brooklyn.

The programming this year will see the return of the Bodega Education Initiative, Salute The DJ and the Show & Prove Super Bowl. Family Day and the Main Stage performances, the anchors of the Festival will of course return as well. Events will be held throughout Brooklyn from Williamsburg to Fort Greene to DUMBO.

In 2010, The Brooklyn Hip-Hop Festival brought over 15,000 people to Brooklyn, showcasing independent local, national and international talent. In 2011 The Festival will continue its mission of honoring Hip-Hop culture in all of its wonderful diversity.

“We made great strides last year doubling the programming of BHF. This year our focus is to do it better. Provide more resources for developing artists and entrepreneurs, more outlets for local business and of course showcase the best and brightest our culture has to offer. This year look for us to continue to bring the best talent down to the Brooklyn waterfront. We are also expanding the ‘Bodega Education Initiative’ to a full day symposium. ‘Show and Prove’ and ‘Salute The DJ’ will be growing as we give a platform to not only the next great MC but also our elders behind the wheels of steel. Family Day, one of our most popular events will also see more unique programming. After all, Brooklyn Bodega is for the babies. All in all, we are looking forward to another stellar year.”
– Wes Jackson, Executive Director, The Brooklyn Hip-Hop Festival


BHF Exec. Dir., Wes Jackson speaks on inspiration for the Festival.

*Brooklyn Hip-Hop Festival 2011 Calendar of Events*

· Show & Prove (MON. 7/11) – A showcase of independent and local Hip-Hop talent. There will be three preliminary S&P events in April, May and June. The three winners will compete at the S&P Super Bowl on July 11th for the opportunity to open up on the Main Stage on July 16th. To register artists must submit through Sonicbids.

· Bodega Education Initiative (TUES. 7/12) – A day of panel discussions and seminars designed to explore intellectual and academic issues facing the Hip-Hop community.

· Hip-Hop Art, Dance & Film (WED. 7/13) – A night of film screenings and visual art exhibitions.

· Salute The DJ (THURS. 7/14) – Dedicated to the backbone of Hip-Hop, the DJ. Event will feature performances by the best DJs from across the country. Up-and-coming DJs will also have an opportunity to participate similar to Show & Prove.

· Kickoff Party (FRI. 7/15) – As we ramp up for the big day on Saturday we will host a party to formally welcome Festival goers, past and current artists, community leaders, press, donors and various members of the Bodega Family.

· Family Day (SAT. 7/16) – This “block party” celebrates the core message of Hip-Hop: social change and individual empowerment. It features music, performances and demos from a host of family centric organizations.

· Main Stage Performances (SAT. 7/16) – The culmination of the 2011 programming. Old School, New School, Funk, Soul, Local and International artists converge upon downtown Brooklyn and the waterfront for a full day of the best Hip-Hop music our culture has to offer.

· After Party (SAT. 7/16) – Artists and attendees celebrate the end of Festival week with surprise performances and DJ sets.

*Venues TBA

BHF Recap by RG Films

As New York City’s largest Hip-Hop event, the Festival showcases the positive aspects of Hip-Hop culture by highlighting Hip-Hop’s legacy as an agent of artistic progression, community building and social change. BHF 2011 events will continue to reflect the full range of Hip-Hop culture, which spans music, film, academics, grassroots empowerment and more.

Interested in getting your company involved? Our diverse and dedicated audience makes us the number one media market for sponsors who want to strategically position their brands. Brooklyn Bodega is now accepting sponsorship and vendor submissions. All interested parties should email for more information.

We are also drafting a team of Hip-Hop motivated volunteers. It is never too early to get involved! Term to start immediately and run through July 20th, 2010. Positions are unpaid. College credit is available. Reach out and come join this dynamic group of cultural advocates by emailing a resume and cover letter to our HR Department at

Brooklyn Bodega is a multimedia content production and branding company. Our brand extends into event production, journalism and critical media analysis, digital and grassroots marketing, radio, video, and content distribution. While The Bodega is best known for producing New York City’s largest Hip-Hop event, The Brooklyn Hip-Hop Festival; our expertise also manifests in Brooklyn Bodega Radio, Bodega TV, our blogazine and online home, and most recently The Bodega Agency, our boutique marketing and branding operation.

The Bodega is made up of an extraordinary group of cultural programmers, marketing professionals, writers, designers and academics who have heeded their own personal call to action and have dedicated themselves to the celebration and preservation of Hip-Hop culture.

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