KPU set to host second annual Wake Up! Festival

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      A free festival is set to rock the Kwantlen Polytechnic University campus in Surrey later this month. 

      Wake Up! Social Justice Music Festival highlights queer and BIPOC artists, promoting social and climate justice through song and community. This year, Vancouver-based hip hop artist Ndidi Cascade headlines the show. 

      “Hip hop heals communities and it can empower communities as well,” Cascade says in a statement. “Being a social activist is something that anyone can do, something that each one of us as humans have a responsibility for.” 

      Other local artists rounding out the line-up are genre-blending AHSIA, soulful Xhalida, and Zabrina Hay.

      The one-day event is organized by students taking the MUSI 3500 course, which tasks 20-odd participants from 14 different departments with producing a show, tackling everything from booking and stage management to marketing and videography.

      “Surrey is ready to hear about racism, discrimination, homophobia, bodily autonomy—these are the types of things we’re studying, so why not learn this through music?” says Gordon Cobb, one of the MUSI 3500 instructors. “By experiencing the music, listening to the lyrics, and watching the performances, I hope people will learn something they didn’t know and have questions about what they’re seeing and hearing.”   

      Wake Up! Social Justice Music Festival

      When: March 13, 6pm 

      Where: KPU Surrey Auditorium, Cedar building, 12666 72 Ave, Surrey

      Admission: Free, tickets available here