The Trinity International Hip Hop Festival is a free music festival that brings together Hip Hop artists from around the world. It has been held annually at Trinity College in Hartford, CT since 2006.
"The festival was designed to promote international understanding and community development through hip-hop." It is "the first and only free global Hip-Hop festival dedicated to educating and exposing the public to Hip-Hop from around the world."
The festival was co-founded by Trinity College students Jason Azevedo, Magee McIlvaine, and Ben Herson to "combat the disunity, segregation, and violence of Hartford, CT and Trinity College using the historically education-oriented and politically revolutionary medium -- Hip Hop - and focusing on its global potency and proliferation to unify Trinity College, the city of Hartford, and the Globe."
The concert portion of the 2009 festival was headlined by Somalian Hip Hop artist K'Naan and featured performances by many artists, including BeatBurgerBand from the Czech Republic, Poetic Pilgrimage from the United Kingdom, Blitz the Ambassador from Ghana, and Game Rebellion from Brooklyn, NY.
The festival does not focus solely on the musical aspect of Hip Hop; B-boy battles, graffiti art sessions, panel discussions about pressing issues in Hip Hop, and film screenings have been incorporated into the festival each year.