Back in the 70s, before even Portsmouth Skatepark had been developed from the roller rink, Portsmouth Guildhall Square was home to a demonstration by the famous 1970s Hobie Skateboards team (Mike Weed, Bob Scolberg and Skitch Hitchcock) in October 1977. The demo inspired many local young people to get in to skateboarding and helped in some way to get the skatepark the following year. The Guildhall has been a popular spot for skateboarding, BMXing and more ever since and this summer sees a new, local event aiming to bring these all together at the Guildhall Square for the first time in a brand new event.
Portsmouth Guildhall and Big Adventures are working with Southsea Skatepark and Zero Gravity with the brand new, weekend long Portsmouth Street Games running Saturday 31st May to 1st June at Guildhall Square. The event will include freestyle mountain bike performances from Zero Gravity (who you may well have seen previously perform at Gunwharf), flatground and ramp BMX plus skateboarding by guys from Southsea Skatepark, street dance from Portsmouth’s own Most Wanted & Streetforce DC, local freerunners and Portsmouth Roller Wenches.
On top of all that there will be a major street art event running, curated by My Dog Sighs and Lex from AllCaps, including graffiti and street artists from Portsmouth and further afield, painting walls and a canvas the size and shape of a New York City train carriage. Local streetwear brands will also have stalls at a market throught the weekend plus there will be music and food too.
The event is free and open to everyone, we’ll see you there!
For more details see the flyer below (artwork by AllCaps).