Over the years there has been an increasing openness in the definition of cultural heritage. The fields of intervention have increased and cultural heritage is increasingly embracing an interdisciplinary approach. This approach fits perfectly with the nature of Hip Hop which is an interdisciplinary culture par excellence.
In recent years we are witnessing what we can call the “PATRIMONIALIZATION” of Hip Hop culture. Numerous initiatives in the artistic, academic and museum fields are becoming increasingly popular (remember that in the Bronx of NYC was opened the Universal Hip Hop Museum). Hip Hop also begins to be used as a means of alternative education in schools. Through this openness, this culture is making an unprecedented evolution.
Hip Hop Protection supports the recognition of Hip Hop culture as an intangible cultural heritage. We want to unite all those who believe in our mission. We appeal to the intervention of cultural institutions, so that they agree with us in recognizing the Hip Hop culture as a candidate for the list of intangible heritage of UNESCO recognizing the need to start a candidacy process.
But the recognition of this need by the community is fundamental in this path and objective. For this reason, the Hip Hop Protection Committee is committed to the involvement of the whole community. The call is to the founding fathers, the Bronx native community, the world scene and everyone who recognizes Hip Hop culture as a cultural heritage.
If you want to contribute, join the Hip Hop Protection Promotion. The call is to all who embrace the cause.
• Be transmitted from generation to generation
• Being constantly recreated by communities and groups in close connection with the surrounding environment and its history
• Allowing communities, groups and individuals to dynamically develop a sense of social and cultural belonging
• Promoting respect for cultural diversity and human creativity
• Spreading respect for human rights and sustainable development in each country
Hip Hop Protection believes that the Hip Hop culture conforms by its nature to the requirements of UNESCO. Below a historical demonstration and we are open to listening to any opinion about our theories.
•BE TRASMITTED FROM FROM GENERATION TO GENERATION: The birth of a culture never has a precise starting point, but gradually descened from what there was before. In any case, many trace the birth of the Hip Hop culture to the 1973 Block Party, to 1520 Sedgwick Avenue (became in 2016 Hip Hop Boulevard) where the historic DJ Kool Herc played. From that Block Party until today, Hip Hop generations have grown, often reinventing styles and techniques, and over time this culture has become increasingly inclusive and practiced, accomplices even to the means of communications that were coming at that time. Hip Hop is today a trans-generational and transnational contemporary culture. Its worldwide transmission is unique in contemporary history and has influenced music, dance, sport, language, mentality, politics and fashion of our times. And this diffusion is still in progress.
•BEING CONSTANTLY RECREATED BY COMMUNITIES AND GROUPS IN CLOSE CONNECTION WITH THE SURROUNDING ENVIRONMENT AND ITS HISTORY: Hip Hop is a highly social culture that needs comparison, but above all fun (having fun). All this happen in some social contexts, which are expressed in the moment of Jam, Chypher, Block Party and Battle. These social moments are fundamental for the expression and development of style and techniques and very often define the evolution of the entire culture.
•ALLOWING COMMUNITIES, GROUP AND INDIVIDUALS TO DYNAMICALLY DEVELOP A SENSE OF SOCIAL AND CULTURAL BELONGING: Today we can say that there is a Hip Hop community in many countries and parts of the world. This worldwide success could be briefly summarized in 3 main reasons: its artistic charm, its media power, its historical and social motivations. Being a multicultural movement in itself, its spread in different contexts has allowed it to develop different characteristics and motivations. In any case, the worldwide spread of Hip Hop is a fundamental part of this culture and is what makes it a unicum in the history.
•PROMOTING RESPECT FOR CULTURAL DIVERSITY AND HUMAN CREATIVITY: Hip Hop was born as a multi-ethnic culture from the encounter of African-American communities with Latin ones and by its nature an example of cultural diversity and inclusiveness. In the course of its development, this culture has been influenced by everything it has encountered on its way: funk, rock, soul, jazz, gospel and even disco. In fact, Hip Hop has always been prone to a strong influence from other cultures, because it is thanks to this inclination that it was born. Its development in just 50 years of history has been very fast and sudden as it is a culture sensitive to technological innovation and generational change. For this reason today we have genres and sub-genres that are very different from each other, allowing those who approach one or more elements to express their personal creativity freely. Important examples of artistic and cultural inclusiveness can be found in “STOP THE VIOLENCE” or even in Kandrik Lamar’s victory at the Pulizer Prize!
•SPREADING RESPECT FOR HUMAN RIGHTS AND SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT IN EACH COUNTRY: The most important historical episode in this sense was the so-called “gang peace”, which featured the Ghetto Brothers: After the death of one of the members. Black Benji, there was a meeting of all the gangs exhausted by the violence that was degenerating, a peace treaty was signed on that occasion between all the gangs. This is considered by many one of the most important episiodi for the birth of Hip Hop culture. And in the wake of this position many others married the intentions:12 November 1973 Africa Bambaataa founds the Universal Zulu Nation. Another great step forward was made with the “Hip Hop declaration of peace” presented to the UN by the Temple of Hip Hop on 16 May 2001, which declares that this culture officially respects the principles of the UN.