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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.

Sunday, 22 April 2012

"Something insufferably patronizing.....

...about the idea that a city like this needed to be made more like Bilbao/ Barcelona/ London (or in an earleir era, Brasilia)" Owen Hatherley, exploring Newcastle's latest regeneration in A Guide to the New Ruins of Great Britain. It was the 1960s 'Brasilia of the north' regeneration which created so many classic skate spots, not least the plaza and ledges around the Bank of England and Swan House. But the 'Leap of Faith' along the front of the Bank and the step sets on the plaza behind are now fenced off as developers attack the Bank of England. More little playgrounds lost.

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