A memorial fundraiser for Richie 'Mouse' Browne

PAYING IT FORWARD

A fundraiser for Richie 'Mouse' Browne, Supernaturalz Crew, Canada.
Rest in power.

The 5th Element team have come together to produce a very special project. This project celebrates life, promotes compassion and helps spread love and respect in the HipHop community. 5th Element NI recently partnered with Karl ‘Dyzee’ Olivier (Supernaturalz Crew, Canada) to run a fundraiser in memory of his late crew member, Richie ‘Mouse’ Browne, who sadly passed away during 2020.

All funds raised are donated to his daughter’s education.

Northern Soles Crew (5th Element’s resident bboy crew) have long been fans of Supernaturalz Crew from Toronto, and recognise their influence on the Breakin’ culture across the world. To show respect we ran a tribute fundraiser for Richie ‘Mouse’ Browne, but also to celebrate and support Dyzee in his efforts to independently launch and promote the first ever Bboy sneaker line, Dyzee Threadz, a brand born within our culture. Covid restricted our numbers but we still managed to produce something unique, exciting and positive for the culture further afield.


Please keep an eye on our social media platforms to keep up to date with all things 5th Element NI. We look forward to once again operating at full capacity when restrictions have lifted.


The Unity Project

THE UNITY PROJECT

Inspiring our communities with HipHop arts.

Last year saw 5th Element NI achieve a huge milestone for the charity when we were awarded our first major funding, giving us a boost and enabling us to carry out a visionary project focused around cultural identity and the benefits of using HipHop arts to uplift and inspire our people.

This award, known as T:BUC (Together Building a United Community/Central Good Relations Funding Program CGRF) was granted to us by the Executive Office. In receiving this, we were able to expand our team, resources and capabilities for reaching more people in our community.

Through this funding we were able to succeed in our aim of delivering a sense of Unity – an urban cultural program to local people from different communities with focus on building community relations through Hip-hop music, dance and art. This led to a wide and diverse range of people, ages and personalities coming through our doors and getting to experience what 5th Element NI and wider hip-hop culture is all about. 

Our team and participants showed great resilience in adapting and performing against the backdrop of the Covid-19 pandemic to deliver workshops based around the 4 elements of Hip-Hop; MCing, DJing, Breakin’, and Graffiti. Despite the restrictions on numbers a real sense of unity evolved as those involved in the project appreciated the chance to become creative, and explorative with new people and new ideas.

The current situation meant we were not able to get as many people involved as we would have liked due the restrictions. Despite this our volunteers went above and beyond to facilitate over 60 workshop sessions for 48 participants in socially distanced or often one on one scenarios.

Written & recorded over the course of the Unity Project at 5th Element NI
Written & recorded over the course of the Unity Project at 5th Element NI
Written & recorded over the course the Unity Project at 5th Element NI

Throughout the project, people were able to express themselves through the hip-hop art forms, and our feedback indicates that this has been a great help to many in what has been particularly trying times to improve both their mental and physical well-being.

Whether it has been finishing a piece of art, learning a new breakin’ move, recording their first song or getting to DJ on 5th Element NI’s resident radio station SkankFM, we were able to give those involved an experience to remember at our HQ. 

Everyone at 5th Element NI would like to extend our thanks to the Executive Office, not only for funding Unity but also for the tremendous support and advice they have been on-hand with throughout our project and Covid-19.

We’d also like to extend our gratitude to all who take part in our sessions, our facilitators, and those who donated their time and energy to make it work. All participants are always welcome at 5th Element NI and we look forward to being a part of the next stage of their personal development.


Please keep an eye on our social media platforms to keep up to date with all things 5th Element NI. We look forward to once again operating at full capacity when restrictions have lifted.