This past weekend UNITY went to Italy to represent Canada at WeFree Day Drug Prevention conference at the San Patrignano Community in Rimini. It was an unreal and nearly indescribable experience that not only changed my way of looking at the work we do but also changed the lives of each artist who got to experience this from UNITY. I had some of the most amazing conversations and met some of the most amazing people from all over the world this past weekend. It’s amazing to know that there are so many others using the same medium of bboying and hip hop in general to educate, empower and inspire youth. We are all using similar ideas but this weekend we got to share with each others stories, and best practices to really take all of our work to the next level. I think together we will become stronger knowing that we all exist and now collaborating on some even bigger worldwide initiatives. Just seeing and hearing about all of these projects really pumped me up to know that this is not just in Canada but it’s a truly global movement. I met people this weekend from Uganda, Cambodia, Portugal, Columbia, Italy, Zurich and more. There were over 2,000 youth from all over Italy in attendance on the Saturday performance. We were even honoured to win the Hero performance competition at the end of the day on Saturday. It’s not about the battle though. The real thing we are winning from this weekend is having the world become that much smaller by coming together for the first time with all of these amazing groups. I now realize the power that the format of outreach we are using can truly have. I felt this power in our work here in Toronto and our extended work with Blueprint For Life with Buddha out in the Arctic but seeing this format make a difference all over the world has truly expanded my perspective on the work we do.
Thank you for bringing us to Italy and the world.
Can’t wait to see where we will go next.
peace, love and UNITY.