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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.

Saturday, 3 March 2012

The Siege of the Wasteland....

....Funny how new people keep discovering the Wasteland, even now. Friday afternoon and a bunch of students who i'd not seen there before were sunning themselves, plus lager and wine, to a backdrop of three machines: a digger, a JCB and something for grinding up concrete into tiny bits. Skateboards, in-line and a football amongst the debris. Not sure if there is any agreed word for places like this. Once did a Toon tour of what were described as the city's shadow-spaces, similar spots like the tucked away plaza behind northern facade of The Side, or the dead-end rail cutting running roughly from Manors north. But "shadow" sounds too gloomy for when the low sun was glinting off the concrete and bouncing off the towerblock across the road like a spotlight

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