Tag: skateboarding

Streetfest at Gillett Square on Saturday 15 September 2018

Gillett Square, the East London creative hub, is hosting the tenth Streetfest: the UK’s premier urban culture festival, bursting with street art, dance, fashion, sport, food, and of course, music. 🎶 🍔

For ten years Streetfest has pulled together the newest and most iconic talents from London’s vibrant underground culture, and this weekend, there’s to be a huge party to celebrate one decade since its inception.

For one day only, people of all ages can enter the festival for free and see an impressive Selectors Assemble takeover of the main stage, with scene originators from the Plastic People club days and new talents taking to the decks.

Up-and-coming influencers will also be featured on the ‘On The Rise’ stage, which will see nine fantastic new acts handpicked by local music champions Music is Remedy.

Elsewhere, choose the street dance you want to see, as well as the S-K-A-T-E tourna-ment that’s running throughout the day! Make sure you catch the live work of Paint Freaks, who will be turning Gillett Square into a veritable museum of graffiti and murals.

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Gillett Square, Bradbury Street, London N16 8JN

1pm – 10pm

Free, get tickets online

Against The Grain: Skate Culture and the Camera at Bateman Street until 22 July 2018

An exhibition that celebrates the phenomena of skateboarding, with the photographers and filmmakers who documented the movement. Despite the subculture’s influence and resonance in almost every aspect of popular culture, this emblem of freedom and rebellion has been largely ignored as an artistic form. 🤘

Brought together for the first time, this historical review highlights behind the scene glimpses and cultural shifts associated with skateboarding. Pioneering figures skating Southern California pools and schoolyard banks of the 1970’s are portrayed, as well as devious manipulations of urban architecture shaping new chapters of skateboarding’s evolution.

The photographers featured are known for circulating imagery from within an active community, and have taken countless risks in uncontrollable, and at times reckless or controversial environments. Often dismissed for solely capturing the decisive moment or ‘peak action trick’, this wide ranging genre of photography has expanded to many documentary and artistic styles and continues to exist through its own decree. The exhibition focuses on content falling outside the commonly held frame, and offers a number of lenses through which to view its many histories.

Archival material from SkateBoarder, Thrasher, Transworld, R.a.D (Read and Destroy), Sidewalk, 411 Video Magazine and other publications features media that was essential to circulating information about skateboarding and contributed to the international force it is today.


15 Bateman Street, Soho, London W1D 3AQ

Tuesday – Sunday 12pm – 7pm

Free entry

Street League Skateboarding at Copper Box Arena on Saturday 26 May and Sunday 27 May 2018

SLS is headed to London for the first time ever. Watch Nyah Huston, Shane O’neill Louie Lopez and more skate the Pro Open. 🤘

The world’s most prestigious skateboarding competition will make its London debut inside the Box That Rocks – kicking off with the opening event of this prestigious tour is a major coup for London, as SLS and World Skate prepare street skateboarding for its inaugural appearance in the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games.

As well as showcasing the world’s best street skaters, the SLS Pro Open London will shine the spotlight on the capital’s rich street skating scene! 2017 SLS World Champion Nyjah Huston (USA) and top contender Shane O’Neill (Australia) are among the big names set to intermix with an exciting group of up-and-coming athletes that will compete in London over the bank holiday weekend.

The athletes will battle for pride and prize in a custom-built concrete skate plaza, designed to inspire innovative tricks and take skateboarding to new heights. The competition features an exciting easy-to-follow format, anchored by instant scoring, resulting in down to the last trick ‘buzzer-beater’ moments that appeal to both die-hard fans and new spectators alike.

Saturday 26 May:
11am – Outdoor SLS Partners Expo
12pm – Men Qualifier Heats 30 skaters – 5 heats of 6
5:15pm – Women Prelim Heats 12 skaters – 2 Heats of 6
7:30pm – Women’s Final 8 skaters

Sunday 27 May:
11:30am – Outdoor SLS Partners Expo
12:30pm – Men Prelim Heats 42 skaters – 7 Heats of 6
7:30pm – Men’s Final 8 skaters


The Copper Box, Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, London E20 3HB


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Citizen activated space – Museum of Skateboarding @ Calvert 22 / until 11th September 2016


Doors: Wed—Sun 12pm—6pm

@ Calvert 22, 22 Calvert Avenue, London E2 7JP

Free entry


Part three is a new commission by Calvert 22 Foundation that will explore the individual’s participation in the activation of public space with Russian artist Kirill Savchenkov.

Museum of Skateboarding is a mixed media installation that considers skateboarding not just as a form of exercise, but also as a visceral way to explore and reflect on the contemporary city space. The project studies the secret language of the sport, illustrating how certain architectural interventions or objects can be understood through skateboarding.

Participating artist: Kirill Savchenkov.

For the ideological champions of utopian society, architecture is a clear and potent manifestation of a society’s power, influence and status. From the gothic might of Stalin’s seven Vysotki to Astana’s gleaming Bayterek Tower, giant structures loom over the citizens of the former Soviet Union, signifying the grand ambitions of their rulers, past and present. Power and Architecture is a season that will explore the design of the built environment and its use as a device of influence, both physically characterising the skyline, and psychologically in relation to the people who live in its shadow.

Across the post-Soviet world, there is a common thread running through architectural styles. From grand monuments and high-rise cathedrals of geometric correctness to homogenised concrete blocks, repetitious and standardised landmarks to public art, we see the echoes of space designed with the futuristic ideologies of socialism, transitioned into the globalised hegemony of capitalism.

What effect do these architectural structures, designed by one regime and inherited by another, have on the people who live with their legacy? How is public space re-defined through external forces such as privatisation and capitalism, or re-used through independent culture and recreation? Power and Architecture will seek to answer these questions, looking at the evolution of the relationship between cities, public space and their citizens throughout contrasting eras.

Part 1: Utopia and Modernity
Already finished

Part 2: Dead space and ruins
Already finished

Part 3: Citizen activated space — Museum of Skateboarding
Until 11 September

Part 4: The afterlives of Modernity — shared values and routines
15 September – 9 October

Slick Willies presents City Slickers Skate Jam 2016 @ Better Extreme / Saturday 27th August 2016


Doors: 12pm-6pm

@ Better Extreme, Mayesbrook Park, Lodge Avenue, Dagenham, London RM8 2JR



Slick Willies presents the second annual City Slickers Jam at Better Extreme, taking place on the bank holiday weekend.

First, second and third prizes for the sponsored comp awarded in cash! Unsponsored and under 17 comps will also be taking place so get down early and get stuck into the session!

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This Ain’t California Screening & Panel Discussion @ Curzon Soho / Tuesday 10th December 2013


Screening: 18.20

@ Curzon Soho, 99 Shaftesbury Avenue, London, W1D 5DY

Ticket: £13.75


A film that treads a fine line between documentary and mockumentary, Marten Persiel’s examination of the underground skateboarding scene in 1980s East Germany is a fascinating exploration of sub-culture life. Through a blend of actual footage and impressively staged recreations of the past, the film aims to capture the essence of this period and peel away the myths surrounding one of the figureheads of this movement, Denis ‘Panik’ Paraceck.

German with English subtitles

Marten Persiel

Filmmaker, author and commercial director Marten Persiel spent 12 years traveling through England, Spain, Brazil and the Philippines, before returning to his birthplace Berlin in 2008, bringing home four documentaries, countless award-winning commercials and an excellent network of filmmakers and producers all around the world. Persiel’s trademarks are his close bonds with his protagonists and his very own, off-key aesthetics. He always searches for unusual, less restrictive narrative formats to tell his stories. This Ain’t California, a project particularly dear to Persiel, will mark a climax in this quest thus far.


Skylon is an artist/activist who has been immersed in street culture his whole life, expressing himself primarily through music, photography, graphic design and creative writing. Having grown up as an 80s kid and 90s teenager on London’s council estates, his exposure to the many aspects of hip hop culture was inevitable and is what has shaped a large part of his identity. At one point or another, like most people of his generation who have grown up in similar environments, he has dabbled in skateboarding, BMXing, graffiti, djing, mcing and more. Today he stands as an emerging figure in the underground Drum&Bass music scene and is currently running the SOS Resistance campaign, successfully fighting to save the iconic Southbank skating area in London, in use since the 1970s.

Biko Issah

Biko Issah is a London born artist and skateboarder. Growing up surrounded by hip hop and street culture, skateboarding quickly became a natural appeal, and it was his love for the rawness and challenges of skateboarding that made him look to the art of tattooing as a means for expression – one chance to make your impact and make it count. Biko is involved in the SOS and Long Live Southbank campaign to preserve the iconic Southbank Undercroft, which he counts as the birth place and home of British skateboarding.

Out Of Stock: A Skatepark Exhibition @ StolenSpace Gallery / 18th – 28th August 2011


Opening times:
Tuesday – Sunday
11:00am – 7:00pm

@ StolenSpace Gallery
Dray Walk
(The Old Truman Brewery)
91 Brick Lane
London, E1 6QL

Entry: £Free


Out Of Stock is a celebration of one of London’s finest classic skate parks.

As the years have gone by, the landscape of skateboarding in the capital has changed for better and worse, despite some testing times Stockwell skate park still remains one of London’s most loved. With a dramatic rise in popularity and a shift in public opinion over the last twenty years, skateboarding in Britain is for the first time experiencing a generational gap between those currently participating in the culture and those that have now retired.

Out Of Stock will feature the work of skateboarder’s, BMX riders, photographers and locals of Stockwell skate park, including:
French, Fos, Tizer, Alex Irvine, Wig Worland, Nick Jones, Adrian Downey, Matthew Bromley and many more!

Organized and curated by: Toby Renton and Adam Johns
(Brought to you in association with Eastpak.)

More info HERE.

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Vans Downtown Showdown 2011 @ Old Spitalfields Market / Saturday 20th August 2011


From 12pm – 6pm

@ Old Spitalfields Market


Vans Downtown Showdown 2011

The infamous Vans Downtown Showdown returns to Europe this summer.

Twelve of the best skate teams are venturing from the far reaches of Europe for their chance to take part in a contest renowned to test skill, flare and creativity. The event will take place on special customised ramps, which are all designed by the invited Teams themselves.

With some of the top board brands in skateboarding already confirmed, expect to see the top Pros from Death Skateboards, Element Europe, Antiz, Superdead, Cliché, Blind Europe, Blueprint and many more doing what they can to secure their share of the crown jewels.

The Vans Downtown Showdown concept was created for skaters by skaters and has been running globally for the last six years, each time creating unique Off the Wall ideas to be skated. Be ready to see some British flavour added to this renowned event as it continues to lead the way for future skate contests.

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Camden Town Skateboarders @ theprintspace / Until 31st August 2011


Doors: 9am – 7pm

@ theprintspace
74 Kingsland Road
London E2 8DL

Entry: £Free


Photographer Tim Hans presents his new exhibition Camden Town Skateboarders at East London’s leading gallery, theprintspace. “Camden Town Skateboarders” features local athletes and is the first exhibit of an on-going global project in which Hans brings a fresh and atypical style of photography to the skateboarding world through stripped-down portraits in place of flashy action shots.

As a young jet-set artist, Hans has launched a global project documenting skateboarders throughout the world that explores the egalitarian nature of the sport while depicting the range of characters within the realm of skateboarding.

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