Ed. note – Regal Radio’s David Evans will be volunteering at this year’s Takin’ It to the Streets Festival. Stay with Weareregalradio.com for David’s wrap-up of the festival next week.
By David Evans, Regal Radio
Tomorrow marks the 15th year of the Takin’ It to the Streets Festival, held in Chicago’s Marquette Park.
Takin’ It to the Streets constitutes a collaboration of several events, including a Summer Peace Rally, Community Pavillion, a Streets Stage, a Community Stage and various performances representing the elements of hip-hop.
Hosted by Inner City Muslim Action Network (IMAN), a Chicago-based Muslim Community Organization, the 2013 Takin’ It to the Streets is scheduled to last from 10 am to 9 pm and is free to the public, however there is a $5 suggested donation.
As a festival, Streets upholds artistic expression, spirituality and urban creativity in order to inspire social change. The purpose of the festival is to bridge cultural divides by connecting diverse racial, ethnic and religious communities through a dynamic celebration. For more information of the festival and IMAN, visit the Iman Central website.
Notable musicians and speakers from past Streets festivals include hip-hop artists Mos Def, Lupe Fiasco and Brother Ali as well as international musician Tinarawen. Political figures such as Keith Ellison (Rep. D-MN), the Rev. Jesse Jackson and Rashad Hussein and religious leader Imam Zaid Shakir of Zaytuna College were notable speakers from the last Streets event, held in 2010.
This year’s Streets again includes something for everyone, hosting musicians Talib Kweli, Ali Shaheed Muhammad of A Tribe Called Quest, Brother Ali and Rhymefest among others, all of whom will perform on the Streets stage and during the Summer Peace Rally.
Imam Shakir, Imam Suhaib Webb and Father Michael Plfeger will be among the speakers at the Rally. Representatives from several community organizations (Kenwood Oakland Community Organization, Southwest Organizing Project, Council of Islamic Organizations of Greater Chicago) will also be at the Rally.
Adding to the entertainment will be comedians (Azhar Usman, Mo Amer and Preacher Moss) as well as spoken word artists (Kevin Coval, Liza Garza, Tasleem Firdausee) and a large contingent of world music acts (Vieux Farka Toure, Hypnotic Brass Ensemble) and DJs performing on the Streets and Community stages. Stages will also be dedicated to hip-hop elements including breakdancing, footworking and live graffiti.
Children will be able to enjoy a community pavillion with a ferris wheel, train ride, inflatable playhouses, swings and other activities.
For more info on the festival visit the Iman Central website or contact Iman at email@example.com.
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