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Nine Pillars Hiphop Cultural Fest 2019

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Charlottesville VA's first weeklong festival celebrating hiphop in all its facets is back for its third year!
In 2018 we collaborated with Dr. A.D. Carson and the UVa Libraries to start a historical archive of local Charlottesville hiphop culture. We also introduced the Heart, Soul, Runway gogo fashion show, hosted Charlottesville's first all-female rap concert, and supported the work of over 50 local artists, activists and entrepreneurs.
We also expanded our circle, including more visiting artists from Richmond, the Shenandoah Valley and Washington, D.C., as well as co-hosting an international b-boy battle along with UVa's Hooligans breakdance squad.
In 2019, we are extending even more, stretching our tendrils further into the southeast to welcome Louisiana's Marcel P. Black and North Carolina's legendary Cesar Comanche as block party performers...and we have even more exciting surprises up our sleeves for 2019!

This year's festival will take place April 22nd-28th, 2019. You can help us celebrate a vibrant global culture at an intimate local level, and bring increased visibility to hiphop in a city where support hasn't always been forthcoming.

Funds are needed by Monday, April 15th so we can adequately prepare for the festival. Put that tax refund check to good use!

Specific funding needs & budget breakdown:
--Art supplies for graffiti exhibit & block party ($500)
--Stipend for visiting artists ($2500)
--Fair compensation for local artists ($500)
--Venue usage ($500)

Reward Levels!
All Donors: All donors will receive recognition of their contributions on the festival website.
$15: Get free entry to any and all ticketed events of the festival.
$25: Get a bag containing signed CDs from affiliated artists, Nine Pillars and Rugged Arts merchandise, and other surprises.
$50: Your name will be featured on all printed promotional materials, including a full-color banner to be displayed at festival events.
$100: In addition to all the below levels, donors of $100 will get LIFETIME free entry to any and all ticketed events organized by the Nine Pillars team.


  • S Williamson
    • $50 
    • 5 yrs


Cullen Patrick Wade
Charlottesville, VA

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