Winner of the WOMEX 16 Professional Excellence Award Henry Arteaga (Colombia), 4Elementos Skuela Interviewed by Catalina Maria Johnson (USA)
Meet the winner of the WOMEX 16 Professional Excellence Award, Henry Arteaga, the day before the Award Ceremony. In this conference session, he will be interviewed by journalist and broadcaster Catalina Maria Johnson.
“Henry Arteaga founded the 4Elementos Skuela by teaching breakdancing on the streets of Medellín, Colombia. The school is now a magnet for hip-hop artists from across Colombia. All classes are free, and now have over 400 regular attendees – more than 4000 have already passed through the ranks. Some students stay and become tutors; this way, the Skuela is self-sustaining.
Over 17 years, the school has certainly made its mark on the people of Medellín, by its sheer revelling in the enjoyment of music and the hard work of its founder. It is for these reasons that Henry Arteaga is presented with the WOMEX 16 Professional Excellence Award on behalf of the 4Elementos Skuela and everyone involved with it.”