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.

Wednesday, 15 February 2012

Call the cops

They're already here. Ever wondered why Gateshead Council should spend £11,000 turning 5 Bridges into a decent skate spot? The story varies a bit, like all good urban tales should. Some versions: (1) The Council used money from a housing dveleopment mitigation scheme to improve a spot they already knew skaters used and, when they were there, reduced anti-social hassle from other people (okay, and so skaters wouldn't keep lifting up the flagstones), (2) visiting pro skaters were contacted by the Council, again because the Council had realised that skaters made the space safer for other people or (3) a Gateshead councillor was visited by a little old lady at a surgery who started to tell him about the skaters. Bracing himself to hear that they were a nuisance which the Council should deal with the councillor was suprised to hear that the little old lady liked the skaters being at Bridges because when they were the place felt safe. Pick which ever version you like, the messgae is the same. Skaters are good for the cityscape.

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