“Street Mode Festival”, the most well rounded street culture festival in Greece, was completed with overwhelming success on Sunday 18th of September in the central square of the Municipality of Thermi in Thessaloniki.
The audience had the chance to enjoy a free of charge full day program involving contests and exhibitions of graffiti, breakdance, hip hop dancing and BMX biking. The program reached at its peak late at night with concerts of rap and punk rock music.
“Street Mode Festival” took place for third time in a row. It is a part of the annual youth fest of the local youth council of the Municipality of Thermi and exists in the framework of «Thermi’s Dromena», organized by Giannis Efstathiou (Nox1).
In the festival of 2011 the attendance of people reached its maximum. It is estimated that, during the breakdance events and the concerts, more than 2.500 people where present at the area of the fest!
The festival started with the creation of a vast, 70 meters long, graffiti painting from 30 of the top Greek graffiti artists ((Live2, Apset, G.Mavridis, Jasone, Case, Krase, Homo, Ser, Χ. Αλαβέρας, Jorz, Nade, Nastwo, Noone, Karma, Jerz, Snot, Nox1, Inva, Rino, Ionas, Onare, Rasel, Amok, Zek, Design Ninjah, Simoni, Arfs, Shuen, Benjine και Ratus). The painting will be decorating the underground tunnel of the square.
In the afternoon, the BMX biking and breakdance contests that followed griped the audience. The BMX contest took place in the specially formated circuit of the square and the financial prize of 400 Euros was split between the winners Panagiotis Manaras (best run) and Jason Efstathiou (best trick).
The breakdance competition took place in the amphitheater of the square where 16 dancers battled for the win, in one vs one kind of battles. The first position and the 250 euro prize was won by b-boy Revo while the second position and the 150 euro prize was won by b-boy Kelment. The judges were: Pyro (Blackout), Stuki (Total Reality) and Saspens (Junglers), while DJ of the contest and also the whole of the fest was Kid Stretch. In the breaks between the contests, the hip hop dance groups Loona Beats and Dancecool impressed the audience by presenting unique chorographies.
Later at night, the contests were followed by live concerts from “Mikros Kleftis” and Hat-Trick, two of the toppest ranking local artists of hip hop and punk rock respectively. The area of the square was overflowed by people who wanted to experience the concerts of their favourite artists.