Lay down the beat — a hip-hop festival is coming to Halifax.

The first annual celebration of hip-hop culture, Hopscotch, will hit Halifax in September.

“It’s about time Halifax had one,” said Drew Moore, festival director, at a press conference yesterday.

“We have a strong hip hop community and a strong urban arts community.”

The four elements of hip hop — bboy (breakdancing), MC, DJ, and graffiti — will all be represented.

“I think this is a new way to bring different demographics to the city,” said Billy Comer, event coordinator with HRM.

Halifax rapper Classified will play a free, all-ages show on the Grand Parade on Sept. 11. DJ Olympics, a long running event, will join forces with the festival this year.

What’s on:

• Art
fest Hopscotch Art Festival, Sept. 4-11
• Paragon Kick-off at the Paragon theatre on Sept. 4.
• Battle First national one-on-one bboy battle ever held in Atlantic Canada — 3 Coast Roast — Sept. 11 at Grand Parade.
• Classified Free, all ages Classified concert, Sept. 11, 8:30-11 p.m., at Grand Parade.
• Workshopping Workshops with judges.
• Drums Open drum circles.
• Show Circus arts performances.
• Art Live public murals to display graffiti art.