The girls of GRRRLS* can skate want to invite you to the GRRRLS* Skate Fest in September 2016 in Bielefeld, Germany! For three days, from friday 16th to sunday 18th, there will be action on and around the ‘Kesselbrink’!
With the project they want to question social certainties and break constraints, so that people can live and love independently. They are working as a self-organised group since 2014 that organizes events and supports / practices emancipatory girl*/women* work by skateboarding.
Again and again they noticed many young girls* and women* that want to experience skate- and longboarding and they wanted to promote/support that! They see their work as an educational work and believe that sport – as socialization experience – is an important approach of youth and adult education and a good way to work against gender stereotypes and to reduce them. They love to combine the practice of skating and the theory of questioning gender roles, to create new images and role models.
Like at their first Skate Fest 2015 they want to focus this year again on a showcase of all different disciplines (we can offer Street, a wooden BMX park, Vert Ramp, Longboard Dancing and Freestyle) and not in a competition orientated contest. It is their goal to give female skaters more visibility and also a safe place to push their limits and also to overcome the fear to skate in public — True to the motto The important thing is not winning but taking part! The GRRRLS* will also organize the mini fun contest again to get all skill levels and skaters from skateboarding and longboarding together and have a good time. They can look back with such pleasure on a perfect weekend with 35 skaters, 45 workshop participants and over 600 visitors and can’t wait for september to come!
On the last day everything will be about learning how to skate. The Skate Fest will offer different skate workshops for skateboarding and longboarding with experienced instructors for different skill levels.
All girls* and women*, lesbians, queers, trans*people, intersex-people, butches, dykes and femmes are welcome!
30 free accommodations will be available, register for Showcase, Mini Fun Contest and overnight accommodation until 31th of August to firstname.lastname@example.org
// Day 1 – Friday, September 16, 2016
Skater’s BBQ (all participants are welcome)
// Day 2 – Saturday, September 17, 2016 (public)
– Skatepark (Streets, Wood Park, Vert)
– Longboard Dancing + Freestyle
Mini Fun Contest
After Show Party at Gegenüber
// Day 3 – Sunday, September 18 2016
Workshops for Beginner (longboard and skateboard)
Open skate session at the Kesselbrink
Have fun everyone, skate safe and enjoy!
Yesterday July 26th the Vans Park Series took place in Huntington Beach, California. The inaugural Vans Park Series establishes the premier global points ranking system for Men’s and Women’s in the park category, so the top 10 qualifiers from yesterday out of the 33 riders invited from all over the world are going to Malmo, Sweden for the World Championship.
Longboard Girls Crew Greece is a small team of girls who mostly want to have fun riding and inspire other girls to join. Some of us have been skating for longer and some are in their very first steps… That said we thought we had to organize our first workshop to show how easy is to ride and that anyone can join the crew !
So, as part of a local collaboration with a festival in Thessaloniki – STAMP Festival – we organised on Go Skateboarding Day (June 21) our first official Longboarding Workshop with the help of our local crew ‘Salunatics’ and using the equipment (longboards & protection gear) lent to us by the local sports center ‘WE’!
In the end of april some of Germany’s dancing & freestyle longboard girls met up in Bielefeld, Germany to dedicate a whole weekend of skating together and having a great time – the first little S*pin-Weekend!
S*pin is Maria Arndt’s carrer project that has now become is a real life project! (don’t you love when that happens?). S*pin not only is a magazine emphasising women but also part of a movement of women supporting women.
All photos by Maria Arndt.