First Step Crew photo by Kardo Kamil 3

First Step Iraq

First Step from Iraq and Urban Artistry from Washington, DC
Presented by American Voices and Dance Place

Saturday, October 19 6:30-10:00pm

At the Edgewood Arts Building (3415 8th Street NE)
FREE: RSVP to or 202-269-1600

Hip-Hop diplomacy comes to the United States this October as six members of the First Step Iraq, comprised of dancers and rappers from Baghdad, Basra, Erbil and Suleimaniya, collaborate with local hip hop groups in New York, Philadelphia, Washington, DC and Detroit as part of their US tour.

Join these young dancers and rappers as they express their hopes and desires for a better world and a better Iraq through Hip-Hop.

6:30-7:30pm: Artist Dialogue with First Step Iraq and Urban Artistry – What is it like to be an artist in the US and in Iraq?

8:00-9:00pm: Informal performance featuring First Step Iraq, Urban Artistry and DC-based rapper Lewis Ford

9:00-10:00pm: Open Cypher – get out on the floor with the dancers!

This tour is sponsored by the U.S. Embassy in Baghdad and YES Academy.