The A3C Festival has always been about more than just the music, and this year is no different, with a varied agenda that touches on social justice, mental and physical health, and the empowerment of women.

One such program at A3C is the Action Pitch competition, which looks to "find, support, and invest in new, innovative ideas that use art, music and hip-hop culture as a vehicle to advance social justice and civic engagement." Another highlight is the Carefree Black Girl stage, which will "shine a spotlight on women together in a safe space."

There will also be a panel on police brutality and racial profiling, as well as a youth activism mixer. Mental health will be a focus at the event this year, with the Silence the Shame: Mental Health Panel. Tech will be a big part of the conference portion as well, with several panels addressing the industry, and as aforementioned, a spotlight will be placed on women. A Women In Charge Leadership Breakfast will take place, "celebrating dynamic women in hip-hop" as well as a Women in Charge panel, which "hosts some of hip-hop's most innovative, creative and entrepreneurial women."

Nas, Ghostface Killah, dead prez, Kap G, Smino and more will perform this year. The A3C Festival takes place Oct. 4-8 in Atlanta. Visit for more info and to purchase tickets.


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