ASOCIACIÓN INICIATIVA INTERNACIONAL JOVEN (SPAIN)
Asociación Iniciativa Internacional Joven (Youth International Initiative Association) is an NGO from Málaga (Spain) created in 2003 from a group of youths who after participating in international programmes and activities, concluded that these experiences had been very important to change their life. Therefore, they decided to share them with other young people, collectives and associations, to enhance the interest in participating in international programs and exchanges, learning languages, realizing voluntary work, raising awareness, tolerance and respect for other cultures, etc. thereby contributing to personal and professional development of young people and adults. The mission of the organisation is to contribute to the comprehensive development and improvement of the quality of life of citizens, especially young people. We work at local and international level in the following areas of intervention: (1) Participation and Volunteering; (2) Culture of Peace and Interculturality; (3) Gender Equality; (4) Sport and Healthy Life; (5) Art and Creativity; (6) Personal development and entrepreneurship.
ASSOCIAÇÃO DE ARTISTAS URBANOS E DE TRANSFORMAÇÃO SOCIAL — AAUTS (PORTUGAL)
AAUTS is an artistic and cultural association, founded in 2019 by a group of urban artists, event promoters and teachers who decided to create their own entity after participating in local and international projects that made them see how urban art can be a valuable socio-educational tool of inclusion and development for the construction of a more just, inclusive, creative and innovative society. The organisation’s mission is to create artistic-educational environments that foster the integral development of young artists and raise awareness of the power of art, in its relationship with the city, as a tool for empowerment, inclusion and innovation. Among the main activities developed by the entity, we can mention: (1) Workshops and Training Courses for young people, artists and community leaders; (2) Production of rap music, videos and artistic performances on themes related to inclusion, community development and social transformation; (3) Interventions in public space through muralism and graffiti; (4) Activities of education in values; (5) Constitution of collaborative networks with artists, associations, schools, universities and other organisations.
T.E.A.M — TRUE ENFORCERS OF ADVANCE MOVEMENT (CYPRUS)
T.E.A.M — True Enforcers of Advance Movement is a Cypriot entity that coordinates the first and only collective centre working on the four elements of hip hop culture (breaking, MCing, DJing and graffiti) in the country. The centre is located in the capital of Cyprus, Nicosia. The aim of TEAM Hip Hop Collective Centre is to raise awareness, promote and disseminate knowledge about hip hop as a socio-educational tool for the inclusion and integral development of the population in general and youth in particular. The organisation considers the free expression of each person (freestyle) as the true essence of dance and, therefore, supports each person to be the protagonist of their life, to take the initiative, to learn how to learn and to develop their skills according to the path that makes them happy. Among its activities and projects, we can highlight: events and classes of breaking and other urban dances, workshops and master-classes with renowned professionals, international events for the promotion of culture, production of theatre plays based on urban art and addressing social problems, guidance and support for young people and the projects “agents of social change”.
ASSOCIAZIONE CULTURALE ESPRESSIONE HIP HOP (ITALY)
Espressione Hip Hop is an Italian non-profit cultural organisation that was born in the summer of 2012, from an informal group of young urban artists, mainly breaking dancers, who started to meet and develop their activities in 2007. It is based in the city of Alba (Cuneo) and currently has more than 150 members of all ages (mainly teenagers and young people), economic situations, different origins and cultures. The board of directors is made up of 5 people and there is a team of 15 people who collaborate with the organisation.
The organisation aims to promote all artistic forms of hip hop culture as a tool to communicate, open up and get to know each other. They recognise hip hop as a universal language that can connect different people, without any discrimination. To achieve its objectives, Espressione Hip Hop carries out different activities such as training courses, workshops and events, as well as classes in breaking, urban dance, graffiti, DJying, etc. The courses start during the month of September and run until the month of June, leaving space during the summer months for a camp for children and young people in the area.