Head to Site Square (over the road from Site Gallery) this bank holiday Saturday and Sunday as a brand new skateboard event rolls through Sheffield.
TILT Jam will bring together skateboard competitions, demonstrations from GB skateboarder Alex Hallford (Saturday 1-4pm), and beginner skateboard lessons (both days 11am-1pm) – as well as an exhibition exploring skateboarding in under-used areas of the UK.
The event has been formed through a collaboration between City of Ideas (a project aimed at bringing together communities in the Cultural Industries Quarter), Skateboard England and The House Skatepark, with support from Slugger and Girl Skate UK. It takes an existing urban space and re-imagines it as a skateable area (which was not previously possible here due to its surface).
Skateboarders see urban space differently and this is an opportunity to engage with the area through a uniquely creative lens, to understand the existing environment and explore the potential uses for different communities, redefining the area as accessible, inclusive and most importantly, for the public.
City of Ideas has been re-imagining this underused area of land as a multi-use area space through cultural and creative interventions, including performance art, playful events, greening and festival activities.
Sheffield has a strong community of over 400 skateboarders and with only one year to go until skateboarding's debut as an Olympic sport in Tokyo, it is the perfect moment to have a meaningful conversation about its positive role in place-making, culture, urban travel and public space, while encouraging new-comers to the sport.