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.