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Wombmanifesto: The Rebirth joins 5th annual Manifesto Festival on September 18th [News]

Toronto, ON – Where the rapper meets the actor, the painter meets the poet and the dancer meets the singer. For the first time in Manifesto his/story, women and trans artists will be coming together for a day-long celebration in honour of us all. The day will kick off with a conference full of panels and workshops, exploring everything from motherhood to body politics to the re-definition of feminism. Later in the evening, an all-star cast of Canadian women and trans artists artists will be taking centre stage and defining a new vision for hip-hop culture. Alongside these performances, Wombmanifesto will also be celebrating and paying tribute to some of the female pioneers of the game who helped build the foundation for Canadian hip-hop. Wombmanifesto: The Rebirth draws upon two key inspirations: the vision and beauty of the event Omega Vibrations at Manifesto Jamaica 2010; and the 2010 album ‘wombmanifesto’ by dub-poet, monodramatist, educator, actor and playwright d’bi young. Make sure you are there on September 18th to witness Toronto hip-hop ‘her/story.’

It’s going down inside Revival (783 College Street W.) with doors opening at 12 p.m. for the workshops and panels which are held from 1 to 6 p.m. The performance showcase takes place at 8 p.m. with doors opening at 7:30. Click the jump link for a full breakdown of the workshops and the panels.

News: Wombmanifesto - The Rebirth joins 5th annual Manifesto Festival on September 18th - HipHopCanada.com

As part of Wombmanifesto: The Rebirth, Manifesto will be hosting an afternoon conference. The conference will feature three workshops and two panel discussions, focused on creating space for dialogue, creation and learning.

Panels

Tits, Tats & Henna

Presented by Lost Lyrics
Facilitated by Natasha Daniel (Lost Lyrics) and Tee Fergus

An exploration of the way symbols have various affects on our bodies dependant on gender and identification. From indigenous practices of painting the body to the ways we label our bodies in an urbanized environment, Tee, a professional tattoo artist will be collaborating with Lost Lyrics to start a dialogue. We will be discussing whether we can still decorate our bodies in meaningful ways or has fashion and trend co-opted our creativity . . . Maybe both . . . Come and indulge. We will be sharing our insights as we delve into politics of the body while having some fun!

Sound Making & Spoken Word

Presented by R3 Collective, LAL and da Grassroots
Facilitated by Nic (da Grassroots, LAL), Rosina Kazi (LAL, R3 Collective) and Sonny B (R3 Collective)

An exploration of the way symbols have various affects on our bodies dependant on gender and identification. From indigenous practices of painting the body to the ways we label our bodies in an urbanized environment, Tee, a professional tattoo artist will be collaborating with Lost Lyrics to start a dialogue. We will be discussing whether we can still decorate our bodies in meaningful ways or has fashion and trend co-opted our creativity . . . Maybe both . . . Come and indulge. We will be sharing our insights as we delve into politics of the body while having some fun!

Identity & Decolonization – A First Step

Presented by R3 Collective
Facilitated by Amai Kuda, Victoria Mata, Sedina Fiati, Keisha Monique Simpson

Only through reconnecting with the earth and discovering our indigenous/ancestral roots can we begin the process of decolonization and healing. Through a combination of discussion, meditation and play, this workshop will use creation, movement, voice, and sound as tools to (re)connect with spirit/ancestry/nature. This workshop will be co-facilitated by musician/activist Amai Kuda, dancer & mural artist Victoria Mata, theatre artist/activist Sedina Fiati and spoken word & visual artist Keisha Monique Simpson.

Workshops

Feminism & Hip-Hop

The word “feminist” elicits many different reactions. But what happens when we begin to breakdown the word, and re-envision how it actually has and continues to apply to our own experiences? This panel will focus on critically examining the perception of the word feminism, particularly through the lens of hip hop. It will explore what it means to be a feminist in the culture of hip hop, and give space for participants to engage in constructive dialogue about what feminism means to them.

Panelists: DJ Mel Boogie, Kemba King, Natasha Daniel, Sabra Ripley, Telmary

Ma Dukes – Sharings on Mothering and Self

Motherhood is a full-time job. So is being an artist. In the midst of these two jobs that require complete commitment, how do we also find the space to take care of ourselves? This panel will bring together extraordinary mothers, all artists of various disciplines, to focus on how they have successfully merged self, mother, and artist to find balance between all aspects of their lives. In relation to this, panelists will also explore motherhood in relation to community/collective responsibility.

Panelists: Ania Soul, Afrakaren, Michelle Ally, Garvia Bailey, Ayo Leilani

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