On Wednesday, August 31st, TFS Director Dr. Gann and Australian Hip Hop artist, activist and educator Scott Griffiths (aka Optamus of Downsyde/Syllabolix) will give a lecture and participate in a panel organized by Dr. Alex Crooke at University of Melbourne. Titled “Community and Wellbeing Applications of Hip Hop and Beat-Making” this lecture “will present how they have used these elements to develop programs for young people in a range of settings and circumstances. They will discuss how Hip Hop and beat-making (an approach to music production pioneered through Hip Hop) can address social and health issues in a way that is both culturally relevant, and culturally sensitive. Following these presentations, a diverse panel of experts in areas spanning indigenous arts, music therapy, Aboriginal youth programs, Hip Hop and minority groups, and community partnerships will discuss the relevance of these approaches in the contemporary Australian context.”
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