“Street Mode Festival”, the only open graffiti, breakdance, skateboarding and music festival in Greece for the year 2010, was completed with great success on the 12th of September. The festival took place in the central square of the Municipality of Thermi in Thessaloniki and lasted from 12 in the midday until 12 in the midnight.
The general organization of the festival was directed by Giannis Efstathiou (Nox1), as well as by Apostolis Aristeidou and Alexis Florakis who did the surveillance and the curation of the breakdance and skateboarding events respectively.
The festival took place in the wider context of the “8th Youth Festival”, upon the supervision of the “Local Youth Council of Thermi”. The event took place for the second time, succeeding to last year’s equally successful “Skate & Create Festival” and was a part of “Thermi’s Dromena 2010”.
The sponsors were the following: Mediterranean College, IEK Xini, Vogiatzis Tuition Centres, TGI Fridays, Subito, Sabotaz, Live2 Store, Tattooligans, Dancecool Studios, Underground and Footage.
The audience had the chance to enjoy on real time the work of 30 top graffiti artists (Live2, Apset, G.Mavridis, Jamer, Jasone, Case, Lue, Krase, Dee71, Homo, Jorz, Ser, Nastwo, Nade, Dwayne, Smartie, Dante, Noone, Jerz, Nox, Ionas, Onare, Inva, Rino, Risk, Amok, Sive, Rasel, Toolis, Zek) on a large 230 ft long wall that now attaches style and character to the underground tunnel of the central square, while an equally large wall was provided for the participation of audience and artists who wanted to show their skills. In the afternoon, the breakdance and skateboarding contests kept the audience’s interest high.
The skateboarding contest took place in the specially designed skating rink of the square and the amount of 500€ was shared to the athletes that managed to carry a trick out.
The breakdance contest took place in the amphitheater of the square, where 32 breakdancers competed for the win via “one vs one” battles. The first place and the award of 350€ were won by b-boy Kelment while the second position and the award of 150€ were won by b-boy Reno. The critical committee of the contest was constituted from Pyro (Blackout), Windswept (Total Reality) and Tricky (Burning Bonres), while DJ Kid Stretch was the DJ of the breakdance contest and the festival in its entirety.
At noon, the contests were succeeded by live concerts from the 12th Pithikos and 63 High, two of the leading groups in Greek hip hop and ska punk music respectively. Thermi’s central square was extensively filled up by audience coming from the wider region of Northern Greece who wanted to enjoy its favourite artists.
Furthermore, as a part of “Street Mode Festival”, between 6-12 September an exhibition by Alexis Florakis under the title “Skateboard Art Crimes” was hosted at the “Thermi’s Youth Lodge” (Venizelou 4B). The exhibition included paintings and artistic interventions on skateboarding equipment.
The residents of Thermi area had never before witnessed the central square being so overflowed with people and children, from the early morning until late at night. It is estimated that the overall amount of people that visited the area of the festival is over 2.000 while the flawless organization and the generous program of the event left everyone satisfied. From the local entities to the participants and of course, the audience, everybody left the central square under a feeling of absolute indulgence.
…A genuine street life’s celebration devoted from it’s most genuine representators to the full of it’s followers…