The days of 4-5-6 of September 2015 can be considered as a historical moment for the cultural movement of Thessaloniki, as well as for the evolution of Street Mode Festival and Thessalonink Tattoo Convention.
The two events took place together in the most striking place of the city’s port, in Depot C, composing the biggest festival in Thessaloniki for 2015!
15.000 visitors had the chance to enjoy a unique three-day programme packed with activities, including demonstrations of tattoo art, street art, street dance, street fashion and action sports with the top Greek and foreign artists participating. The events took place inside the port’s area, an area that had been especially re-modelled for the purposes of the festival.
At the end of each day of the festival, music was becoming the main act in the open-air stage, set at the edge of the port’s dock, hosting live gigs with the biggest names of Hip Hop, Heavy Rock & Alternative scene of Greece.
The 7th street mode festival took place with the support of “Central Macedonia’s Peripheral Administration” and the “Municipality of Thessaloniki”, under the general management and programme curation of Giannis Efstathiou (Nox1). Host of the festival was, for one more year, G. Mavridis.
Some of the top, world-class artists from Greece and abroad, took part in the graffiti action. Their creations were spread all over the 2 walls that were specially erected for the days of the festival. The artists were El Piti, Nade, Ints, Billy 82, Dwane, Dante, Noone, Peit, Arstwo, Jone 50, Keik, Jers, Arfs, Iris, Raino, Tedi and Atados Club.
At the same time, another area in the port was specially arranged for parkour-freerunning, and it was available for the public for the whole of the day. Anybody was free and fostered to practice his skills, under the guidance of specialist tutors. On Friday and Saturday there were shows of parkour-freerunning from the best local athletes, while on Sunday, a money-prized contest took place for the first time in the festival and Thessaloniki, won by Alexandros Bilionis (1st rank) and Mikel Dresai (2nd rank).
BMX made a come-back at the schedule of Street Mode festival (last time was at 2011), with a unique Flatland show from the BMX-specialist Alexis Alexandridis. It was a show that took place for the first time in Greece, a friendly “battle” on stage between Alexis, who rocked the crowd with his BMX skills, and the dancer Rotwin who responded to Alexi’s rotations with a breakdance firestorm of tremendous power moves and incredible spins!
The Street Dance part of the festival comprised of two contests. For the first time there was an All Style Battle (Saturday) and the classic Breakdance Battle that’s a standard part of the festival since 2010 (Sunday). On each battle, 16 dancers battled for the win, on a one vs one style.
At the breakdance battle, the first prize and the 200 Euros prize was won by b-boy Onel, while the second place and the 100 Euros prize was won by b-boy Terrorist. The judges were: Rotwin, Zerow and Zoob. At the All Style Battle, the first prized and the 200 Euros prize was won by Mr Spy, while the second place and the 100 euros prize was won by b-boy Kelment. The judges were: Beat Belan, Iosif and Lee.
DJs of the contests were DJ KidStretch and AmazeMe. During the schedule-breaks, the street dance crews MotherFunkers, House of Drama, Extravadance, Beast Mode Crew, Jafrican Ting Crew and The Manzins impressed the crowd presenting unique choreographies.
Each day closed with live concerts, in an area packed with thousands of people. The following artists appeared (in alphabetic order): Anima Nation, Vita Pis, Bad Movies, Imiskoumpria, Jaw Bones, Night Stalker, Planet of Zeus, Project Theory and Stelios Salvador – Mwra stin Fwtia. The upcoming band Project Theory emerged from the online poll that took place through the festival’s website, and included 30 bands in total. The winners were voted from a total of 1.123 people to be the band that was going to launch the live part of Street Mode Festival.