Heal the Hood Project has successfully hosted three Hip Hop Theatre productions the core focus on these productions are identity, originality and inclusiveness. Heal the Hood Project has created a concept of fusing local endemic traditional dance styles and music and mixing it with hip hop dance styles and music genres creating an uniquely South African experience. This methodology was shared with dancers in South Africa and Zimbabwe. These productions have been showcased at the University of Johannesburg Arts Centre and the Artscape Theatre in Cape Town. Productions to date were 2012 “Mixing it Up” hosted by British Council SA & Heal the Hood Project, 2013 “Break” hosted by Artscape Theatre & Heal the Hood Project, 2015 “Break 2” hosted by Artscape Theatre and Heal the Hood Project in collaboration with Lyf Style Dance Academy Zimbabwe.
Heal the Hood Project is available for motivational talks, activations and performances at schools and community centres across the Western Cape as well as corporate functions. We are linked to a vast network of entertainers, performance and visual artists and have provided employment opportunities for youth in Commercials, Adverts, Festivals, Music Videos and Movies.
Heal the Hood Project creates and partners with events across Southern Africa. Our own events included some of the longest running Hip Hop events in Southern Africa; Shut Up Just Dance, African Hip Hop Indaba (est. 2000), African Battle Cry (est.1996) Annual Hip Hop Lecture Series , Cape Flats Performing Arts Conference . The main focus of our events is to create platforms for positive youth expression, to date the events have generated the funds required to send over 188 talented South African Youth to compete at International events and partake in foreign exchanges. Other events we have partnered with or featured in include Breathe Sunshine Music Festival, Cape Town Festival, Our Hip Hop Festival, Darling Voorkamer Fees, Moshito Music Conference and Expo, MTN Bushfire Festival (Swaziland), Trinity Hip Hop Festival (USA), WOMAD (Italy), Big Up Festival (Reunion Island), Battle of the Year International (Germany), R16 (Korea), UK B-Boy Championships (UK) and more.
The Cape Flats Film Festival was introduced to Show youth the power of their own stories about their communities and cultural heritage. Local Documentary Film Makers got to engage with youth. Local music videos were also screened during the Festival. The Cape Flats International Hip Hop Film Festival screens a selection of Local and International Hip Hop Documentaries in Community Centre’s across the Western Cape.
We engage with various institutes of higher learning and industry professionals to provide talkshops and give youth an insight not only into the performance arts industry but also to afford them opportunities for further tertiary education via scholarships to partnered institutions as well as how to apply to subsidized FET Colleges. Heal the Hood Project has succesfully hosted school campaigns in addressing issues of Self Love, Anti Gangsterism, Alcohol Abuse, Anti Bullying, Anti Substance Abuse all our programs focus on creating a healthy and active lifestyle and promote active citizenry and participation.
Heal the Hood Project hosts a series of Arts Related workshops to youth which focus on youth development and empowerment utilizing the elements of hip hop dance, art, poetry and turntablism. A strong focus on cultural heritage and identity bolsters the self-esteem and a sense of identity and celebrates the similarities instead of difference we face in a multicultural society. Through our partnership with Swedish organization’s Unga Örnar and ABF we will be rolling out our study circles at all our workshops from 2016. The Study circle program has been implemented successfully internationally in countries such as Sweden, Australia and the USA amongst others and our special adaptation of this concept makes it more accessible to youth.