Back for its customary end-of-year staging, the Low Bap festival, a leading domestic hip-hop event, is currently being held for the seventh consecutive year in western Athens, with both local and foreign talent on the agenda. The festival, launched and maintained over the years by players of Active Member, a leading local hip-hop exponent, opened last Saturday and will run through its traditional New Year’s Eve finale. Featured on this year’s agenda is the UK’s underground hip-hop scene, with several guests invited for performances, DJ sets, film projections and discussion. Active Member, a pioneer on the local hip-hop circuit, are scheduled to perform one show tonight, during which they will present material from a new album, their 10th. A considerable number of more recent local acts, from various parts of the country, have also been included on the bill. The local version of hip-hop began emerging in the early 1990s in the capital’s working-class western suburbs – where the Low Bap festival is based – with B.D. Foxmoor of Active Member at the forefront. British guests at this year’s Low Bap event include DJ MK, Roots Manuva, and DJ Blakey, prime players on their domestic underground circuits. Also on the festival’s agenda is the German act Poedra from Duisburg, whose members consist of ethnic Greeks and Turks. For its finale on New Year’s Eve, Low Bap will feature a series of non-stop DJ sets, including one by Active Member’s B.D. Foxmoor. The Seventh Low Bap festival, until December 31, at the Ston Aera club in Petroupolis, western Athens (main square), tel 210.505.6199. For further information, apply to http://www.lowbapfestival.com.