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ROCKFORD (WIFR) — A hip-hop festival is coming to Rockford, as a local non-profit works to educate the community through music and art. It’s a story you told us about on Facebook. “We’re hoping to commemorate obviously those musicians and bring some color and something that visually interesting for people to look at so that they neighborhood can appreciate it,” said Corey Hagberg.

A hip-hop mural will be part of the event, which is hosted by the Rockford chapter of Hip-Hop Congress. It’ll be dedicated to artists such as Jimi Hendrix and Carlos Santana. The painting will be featured on the Book Washington Center, but artists need a scaffold in order to paint the entire wall. The Center’s Executive Director hopes this will bridge the gap between generations. “It’s also an opportunity for this young group to show that they can do something positive and there’s different elements of hip-hop. Hip-hop is not just rap and that’s one of the misconceptions. there are many elements of hip-hop,” said Robert King.

The hip-hop festival will feature workshops on music, break-dancing and art. You can watch the mural being painted at the event on September 22nd. Thanks to Corey Hagberg, who told us about the mural on Facebook.