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A Hip Hop Journey: 50 years of Kulture


28 July 2023 - 24 March 2024

Venue Leeds City Museum

A Hip Hop Journey: 50 years of kulture will be the next special exhibition at Leeds City Museum. It celebrates the 50th anniversary of the first block party and formation of hip hop kulture.

Co-curated with the volunteer-run Hip Hop Historian Society, this exhibition will showcase the history of the groundbreaking movement in Leeds.

Stories and objects will be brought together from inspirational local artists, renowned record shops, and communities from Leeds and Yorkshire to promote and cultivate the positive Hip Hop ethos and values of justice, peace, respect, self-worth, community, and having fun.

A Hip Hop Journey will take visitors through a series of recreated rooms which represent some of the ways people experience Hip Hop – whether at home, in a record store, or at a gig venue.

You will have the opportunity to experience the wealth of unique talent that the Leeds Hip Hop scene has produced including Nightmares on Wax, Breaking the Illusion, LSK, Braintax, Skinnyman, Tommy Evans, Jehst, Part2ism, and New Flesh. The exhibition will also pay homage to pioneering MCs like MC Daddy Speedo, and independent record labels such as Low Life, YNR, Firstwords, and Invizible Circle. 

See and download the Hip Hop Timeline here.

Hip Hop Journey Timeline

Exhibition events

Hip Hop Day: Back to Skool Jam

13 Aug – 11am – 4pm

Come and join us at Leeds City Museum to celebrate 50 years of Hip Hop, since the first Back to School Jam in the South Bronx, New York City, on 11 August 1973.

A free, fun-filled and family-friendly day with workshops in all elements of Hip Hop culture.


Visit our what’s on page to discover more exhibition events.

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