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A Celebration of 50 Years of Hip Hop Culture

Freestyle Bristol presents The 4 Pillars Bristol: a series of multi arts events as part worldwide festivities to mark the 50th anniversary of hip hop. We are bringing it back to the original four pillars of hip hop to celebrate the culture and the impact it’s had on our city. Find all information about our 2023 events, tickets and more on this page.

Events 2023


Part of Bristol’s Summer Film Takeover by Bristol City of Film

A programme of events that will celebrate Hip Hop’s 50th birthday and an exploration of how it helped influence and left a lasting legacy on Bristol’s culture; as part of a wider Summer of Film & Music.

12pm – 4.00pm
Graffiti workshops, digital corner, marketplace, Ujima roadshow featuring breaking, MCing and DJing

5.00pm – 7.00pm Beat Street
7.30pm – 9.30pm Wild Style

From 10pm at Basement 45

The day event will include:

Film installation 

Curated by Gary Thompson (Cables & Cameras) and Adam Murray (Come The Revolution).

Unique archive footage; music videos, mini documentaries highlighting Bristol’s unique contribution to Hip Hop culture and its ongoing impact and legacy.

Digital Corner 

With Delroy Hibbert & Edson Burton (Freestyle Bristol)

Watch video archives, listen to mixtapes and radio shows from the archive, listen to people’s personal stories about hip hop and record your own oral histories to add to the collection


Graffiti Workshops

With Inkie, FLX and others

Practice your writing skills with local legend Inkie using an array of spray paints, stencils and paint pens. Suitable for all including children and families.


Tickets will be available on this page and will be released in May.

See also our Facebook event page

The Knowledge Programme

Alongside the 4 Pillars events, we are hoping to deliver an educational and training programme which takes its name from the often forgotten fifth element of hip hop, knowledge. Stay tuned for details to come of our programme for young people in partnership with BIMM, including internships, volunteer placements, a summer school and youth projects.

Keep up to date via The 4 Pillars Bristol social channels