A three-day festival combining music, visual art, and vendors curated by MIKE and Joygill Moriah, Young World is a celebration of black artists, hip-hop culture and coming of age in New York City. Featuring performances by DJ Blackpower, Sporting Life, [sLUms], and more to be announced.


At just 20 years old, MIKE‘s music carries age beyond his years. Born in New Jersey, MIKE moved to London with his mother before settling in The Bronx for the remainder of his later teenage years. Both regions have had an audible influence on the young rapper’s music – in England he was immersed in grime and the music of King Krule, and in the United States he was turned on to Earl Sweatshirt and MF Doom. In New York, he discovered several artists with a similar ear and style, and formed his collective [sLUms]. Consisting of sixpress, dj ???, King Carter, Jazz Jodi, and DJ Mason, the group is a diverse range of producers and rappers who each make music about the tribulations of coming of age and being black in New York City.

Joygill Moriah creates experiences that highlight emerging trends in culture and society. Moriah’s exhibitions are known for combining Video Games, Film, Music, Photography, Design and other creative fields into immersive environments.


Young World is commissioned by Abrons Arts Center with generous grants from the Howard Gilman Foundation, the Mertz Gilmore Foundation, the Harkness Foundation for Dance, the Jerome Foundation, the Jerome Robbins Foundation, the Scherman Foundation, and other generous Henry Street Settlement funders. This program is also supported, in part, by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council. This season was also made possible by the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and the New York State Legislature.