50 Years of Hip Hop in Wales exhibition comes to Narberth

Featuring stories, images and memorabilia donated by people from across Wales, the Queens Hall Narberth and Avant Cymru are excited to celebrate 50 years of Hip Hop in Wales with the much talked-about Hip Hop Cymru Wales exhibition.

Situated at the Queens Hall Narberth from 24th Jan to 27th January 2024, you can immerse yourself in Wales’ Hip Hop community with interactive displays, podcasts, workshops, artefacts and interviews spanning 40 years.

Think vinyl records, promotional posters, photos from the 80’s and more. Enjoy re-enactments of rap performances, dance battles and paint jams, and learn how to Break, draw and write lyrics, plus leave your mark on the lyrics wall!

Lara Herde, the Manager of The Queens Hall Narberth said, “Having missed the original exhibition in Wrexham, North Wales, I am thrilled to offer space in Pembrokeshire to exhibit this incredible, unique piece of Welsh history”

Funded by The National Lottery Heritage Fund, Avant Cymru set out to record Wales’ contribution to Hip Hop culture. Avant Cymru have been working with partners including Lloyd the Graffiti Pembrokeshire, Larynx Entertainment Wrexham, Oner signs Swansea and Dime One Old Colwyn.

Avant Cymru said, “50 years ago on 11 August 1973, the elements of what we know today as Hip Hop came together when DJ Kool Herc and his sister Cindy Campbell held a Back to School Jam in the Bronx, New York. We are celebrating that event and its heritage, and with this exhibition tour across Wales, we are celebrating Wales’ contribution to this rich culture.”

With more workshops to be announced, the exhibition opens on 24th January until Saturday 27th 2024, with an evening of Rap on Friday 26th 2024 and open sessions including Music Production and Breakin’ workshops from 12 noon on Saturday 27th Jan.

The exhibition, workshops and Rap night are all based in the Main Hall at The Queens Hall Narberth and free entry (though donations welcome). Workshops are suitable for all ages and no need to book tickets. For times and all the info, go to www.thequeenshall.org.uk or www.avant.cymru