The 5th “Street Mode Festival”, one of the biggest open-air festivals in Greece concerning youth and street culture completed with great success in the square of the Municipality of Thermi in Thessaloniki.
The audience had the chance to enjoy a free of charge program involving contests and exhibitions of graffiti, breakdance, street dance and parkour-freerunning. DJ sets and parallel activities also took place during the day and the program reached its peak late at night with concerts of rap, reggae and punk rock music.
The arrival of the people was greater than ever! It is estimated that in the afternoon more than 3.500 people attended at the area of the fest!
“Street Mode Festival” is a part of the Thessaloniki – European Youth Capital 2014 programme, sponsored by the Municipality of Thermi and is organized by Giannis Efstathiou (Nox1).
In the graffiti action of the festival young graffiti artists (under 20 years old) along with the eldest (over 30) created their pieces in a friendly “Υoung Bloods VS Old School” graffiti battle! The writers who ripped on the two wooden walls especially builted for the event were: Jasone, Ser, Dwayne, Nade, Nast, Merlin, Jone 50, Side, Suras, Waste, Elato, Twis, Pars & Believe. Also the underground tunnel of the square which was the “canvas” for the writers in the past festivals was closed for the cars and open for the people as an exhibition of the graffiti that was made during 2011’s and 2012’s festivals.
Parkour-freerunning, longboard, balanceboard and slack line stuff were placed in a specially designed corner of the square for everyone who were there and wanted to learn or practise their skills with the guidance of experts.
The breakdance competition took place in the amphitheater of the square where 16 dancers battled for the win, in an 1 VS 1 kind of battle. The first position and the 150 euro prize was won by b-boy Rotwin while the second position and the 100 euro prize was won by b-boy Kelment. The judges were: Revo, Zoob and Saspens while DJ of the contest and also the whole of the fest was Kid Stretch. In the breaks between the contests, the street dance crews Beat Gia Beat and Funkers impressed the audience by presenting unique chorographies.
Later at night, the contests were followed by live concerts from H12 (Hatemost and 12th Pithikos), Anima Nation and Bad Movies, top ranking bands of rap, reggae, & punk rock music. The area of the square was overflowed by people who wanted to experience the concerts of their favourite artists.