Xplore playToon

Tyneside is one big playground and PlayToon 2012 is out to represent skaters, BMXers and free-runners over the weekend of 18th-19th May 2012.
Urban Games, Digital Deekies, 4-Sight, Northumbria Uni and Streetphire have hooked up with the Holy Biscuit Gallery in Shieldfield to organise the venue, exhibtion and action. We will be showing photography, video, cartoons and maps from local street sports scenes with ramps and space for live action. Maybe you are only starting out or have a stash of photos from back in the day: PlayToon is there to show off your world, roots and culture.
This blog will keep you posted on what we are up to, how to get involved and explore the place of street sports in the city.

Thursday, 19 January 2012

The trouble with hanging around

"An integrated strategy for economic and spatial deveopment: it shows how we build the knowledge economy" NewcastleGateshead 1Plan, (2010).
That's the trouble with city centres: dominated by a commercial/corporate agenda which sees everyone as a customer. And if you are not a customer you are a nuisance. Skaters, BMXers and free-runners are using space for free. They hang around. Is that the heart of the alleged problem? Maybe city planners are missing a trick. Even 1Plan's culture and creativity summary ends up "the creative economy will take a big step forward strengthending links with the manufacturing sector, expanding into international markets and growing businesses of scale". Not much about there about the brilliant videos, blogs, photos from Tyneside's street sports' scenes. Time to start showing off.

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