October 6/7: The U.S. Consulate, with the support of the Northern Ireland Arts Council, Youth Action, and the Playhouse Derry - Londonderry, are hosting a talented and versatile hip-hop performer who will engage with local teenagers in Belfast and Derry~Londonderry.
As a guest poet of the U.S. Department of State's Cultural Envoy program, Gina Loring will work with young people involved in Youth Action's Rainbow Factory School of Performing Arts, an innovative performing arts projects based in Belfast.
Gina will also provide a workshop and perform at the Playhouse Derry - Londonderry, one of the most dynamic and creative Arts Centers in Northern
Ireland. During her day at the 2013 UK City of Culture, Loring will be working with local young people who are already involved in visual art, dance and rap. Gina will be delivering a Hip Hop workshop from 4.30 - 5.30 at the Playhouse on Thursday 7th October from 4.30 - 5.30 followed by a one hour performance. We are inviting youth people from the city to participate in the workshop or / and to attend Gina's performance. Booking is essential - contact Elaine Forde at the Playhouse on T. 02871 268027 or firstname.lastname@example.org
With a strong following in both Los Angeles and Atlanta, Gina's music is reminiscent of classics like Nina Simone and Billie Holiday, with the innovation and talent of a Lauryn Hill or a Jill Scott. One of very few artists who seamlessly balance music and poetry, both of Gina's talents are equally strong enough to stand on their own.
Gina has recently traveled to Kuwait City, Kuwait, Russia, and Togo and Ghana, West Africa. Gina made history as the first American poet/hip hop artist to perform in Kuwait. While abroad she performs her original poetry and music and conducts creative writing workshops for high school and university students. Among her other accolades, Gina was recently honored to win Queen Latifah's CoverGirl Persona Contest for female hip hop artists.