Originally set for August 17-22, Hip-Hop Week MKE 2020 has been canceled due to the ongoing COVID-19 crisis. It would have been the event’s third annual celebration.

The news was announced Tuesday via a press release from Alderman Khalif J. Rainey. Here it is:

Hip-Hop Week MKE 2020 canceled due to COVID-19

Due to the current state of the COVID-19 pandemic, Hip-Hop Week MKE for 2020 has been canceled, Alderman Khalif J. Rainey said today.

“Although Hip-Hop Week MKE is an important celebration that allows the community to take in the educational, historical, musical, and artistic aspects of Hip-Hop, the decision to cancel the event was necessary due to COVID-19,” Alderman Rainey said. “Despite the cancellation, Hip-Hop Week MKE will be back next year better and stronger than ever.”

“I would like to express my deepest gratitude for all those who make Hip-Hop Week MKE possible. From the sponsors to the supporters and the participants, Hip-Hop Week MKE would not be the successful celebration that it is without the dedication of everyone involved,” said Alderman Rainey.

Hip-Hop Week MKE will return next year ready to serve as a community-building event for all Milwaukee residents.

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