Hip Hop started in small communities before it became global, with an emphasis on peace, love, unity and having a good time.

Our aim: to keep the true tenants of Hip Hop alive by passing them on to future generations in the area.

The Hold Up Crew celebrating another day of Hip Hop workshops at Plasmawr

We have sought out the finest artists in the South Wales area and provided them with a platform to pass on what they know about their chosen element of Hip Hop.

  Utilising the depth of talent in the area can help to encourage future generations to pick up the baton and take these art forms in new, innovative directions.

We help provide the basics with workshops and taster sessions at various schools, colleges, community centres, etc in the area and provide continued support for those who become enamoured by the culture in the same way we have.

colour in the community.red circle

'Colour in the Community' is an ongoing art project being carried out across South Wales, involving a small group of mural artists, and facilitated by us at The Hold Up.

Many areas in our towns and cities are densely populated and filled with residential and industrial areas that are dominated by drab, grey and brown brickwork. Our focus is on bringing more colour and vibrancy to otherwise rundown or impoverished areas.

We believe by refreshing and rejuvenating these areas with artworks and murals, we can help improve overall wellbeing and the pride residents have in their area.


Over the past 18 months, we've been working in partnership with Cardiff Central Youth Project Grassroots, delivering weekly open mic sessions.

Each session is hosted by an MC and DJ who are active in the local scene.

Open to anyone aged 16-25, we hope to provide a platform enabling young people to express themselves in a healthy way whilst building confidence and developing their performance skills.

Hold Up @ Grassroots
Inner City Cypher

Afternoon open mic cypher at the Oner Signs Graffiti shop in centre of Cardiff.

Everyone is welcome; Emcees, Beatboxers, DJ's or just lovers of the culture.

Each month we'll have at least one DJ booked in to keep the beats going and a pretty much open mic.

This is a central, regular place and time to meet, hang out, try out new material and generally connect with one another ensuring the Hip Hop scene in South Wales continues to grow stronger

DJ Alkemy @ The Hold Up Hip Hop Workshop
Creative Positive Options from The Hold Up
Graffiti Workshops with The Hold Up
Beatbox Jomez & Chew @ Hold Up Hip Hop Workshop
Chew sharing lyrical prowess
DJ Alkemy giving the youth some pointers
Graff next generation
All are welcome Inner City Cypher @ Oner Signs
Plasmawr pupils pondering the potential of poetry with local MC, Bespoken 2
Plasmawr pupils look on as Shane walks them through the basics of graffiti
Beatbox Fozzy skooling the kids @ Plasmawr
Shane walking the pupils through a basic graff piece
Getting ready to "break" in the hall at Plasmawr
Kyle and Plasmawr students tagging their names

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