The 4Elements HipHop Festival & Conference (4ESydney) proudly announces its ninth edition, set to take place from November 23 to 25 in Blacktown, Sydney.


The 4ESydney Conference, November 23 and 24, themed “Acknowledging the past, living in the present, and paving the way for the future,” will take place at The Leo Kelly Blacktown Arts Centre, and is poised to be a momentous celebration of 50 years of HipHop, uniting artists, industry professionals, and enthusiasts in a vibrant and immersive celebration of artistic expression and empowerment.


It will offer a dynamic platform for insightful discussions, workshops, and networking opportunities, where industry insiders, thought leaders, and creative visionaries will converge to share their expertise and visions for the future of HipHop culture.


The 2023 conference proudly presents a stellar line-up of distinguished speakers, each offering a unique perspective from the music, HipHop, and media industry and today’s first speakers announce includes:


  • Annabelle Herd, Australian Recording Industry Association (ARIA) and Phonographic Performance Company of Australia (PPCA) Chief Executive Officer.


  • JK-47, Minjungbal/Gudjinburra artist and advocate from the Bundjalung community.


  • MC Trey, a seasoned HipHop/soul artist, comes with over 15 years of experience, boasting a rich history of international performances and collaborations.


  • Rhianna Patrick, a Torres Strait Islander journalist and broadcaster, brings to the table a wealth of 25 years in the media, spanning news, documentaries, radio, and podcasts.


  • Nooky, a Yuin, Thunghutti man, is celebrated for his dynamic rap and notable brand collaborations. He ventures into beat-making and production while also hosting “Blak Out” on Triple J.


  • Maya Jupiter, a US-based artist and activist, and the inaugural host of Triple J’s Hip Hop show, brings her vibrant energy and expertise to the event.


  • RAYGUN, a researcher and the Australian Breaking top ranked bgirl in 2020 and 2021, who is set to ain take on the world at the 2024 Olympic games.


  • Australia’s most successful hip-hop journalist, Simone Amelia Jordan, who has contributed to The Source, VIBE, Rolling Stone, ABC and SBS, and her celebrity interviews have notched over 13 million YouTube views.


Other speakers announced today for the 4ESydney conference include:

  • Diola
  • Dj D
  • Dobby
  • Dr Alethea Beetson
  • Julia Robinson (Aria)
  • Malek Sukkar (Gunsta)
  • Maxine Johns
  • Michelle Grace Hunder
  • Mistery
  • Nofusruss
  • Nooky
  • Rachel Gunn
  • Tiana Canterbury
  • Taitu’uga




These speakers, and other yet to be announced, will bring their unique blend of art, activism, and academic insights to the event, promising a multifaceted exploration of music, culture, and social impact.

The conference will engage participants in discussions and examinations of numerous touchpoints that influence and interact with HipHop culture, with a special focus on First Nations HipHop culture and the Asia-Pacific region, exploring their impact on the art form.

The conference will scrutinise the influence of international migration on HipHop and investigate how the convergence of diverse cultural worlds can propel HipHop’s future. Additionally as part of the conference, participants will design a Blueprint for Progress through interactive and collaborative roundtables.

The full program and list of 4ESydney speakers can be seen HERE (LINK TO BE ADDED)


4ESydney Festival: November 25

The week’s activities will culminate in a FREE community music festival in Blacktown’s Warrick Lane Precinct and Main Street. The 4ESydney festival promises an electrifying experience, showcasing a vibrant fusion of music, art, dance, and cultural expressions that define HipHop.


The Festival program will be announced in the coming week.


Join Us in Celebrating HipHop


4ESydney invites all HipHop enthusiasts, artists, and industry professionals to join in this monumental celebration of HipHop culture. Together, let’s acknowledge the past, revel in the present, and pave the way for a future where HipHop continues to empower and inspire generations to come.


To be part of this transformative experience, register now at



Secure Your Spot

Conference: November 23rd – 24th

Location: The Leo Kelly Blacktown Arts Centre

Purchase your tickets now:


Festival: November 25th

Location: Warrick Lane Precinct and Main Street, Blacktown


Stay updated on the latest news and announcements by following us on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram: @4ESydney.


About 4E: Empowering Through HipHop

The 4Elements HipHop Project (4E) is a pioneering initiative that utilises the cultural force of HipHop to foster artistic careers, community harmony, and skills development. Since its inception, 4E has broken through stereotypes, built positive identities, and provided a platform for authentic voices to be heard. It is more than just a festival; it’s a movement that transcends genres and generations.