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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.

Friday, 20 April 2012

"Storming heaven with a millennarian arrogance....

....It's absurd that something so remarkable should be destroyed" (Owen Hatherley, writing about the 'Get Carter' car park in Gateshead in A Guide to the New Ruins of Great Britain. Now the Bank of England at the bottom of Pilgrim Streeet has great chunks taken out of it. The Bank is a stunning design, Battlestar Galactica re-shaped in the same stone as St Paul's Cathedral. And part of this loss will be the 'Leap of Faith' drop, a rite of passge amongst local skaters (and some in-lines too) and the very spot that kicked off this defence of street sports in the city ia few years back. In case this gets too miserable the Urban Games Launch was a fine mix of dance, bicycle powered smoothies, parkour and emergency pizzas.

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