Albany’s gnarly downhill skate park, The Snake Run, is the world’s oldest community funded skate park. It’s a pilgrimage site for skateboarders from around the world. February 2016 marks the 40th anniversary of its opening, when American skating legend Russ Howell first rode its winding curves.
To celebrate this iconic site, our opening event in the Great Southern is a thrilling collision of skateboarding, dance, parkour and street art all driven by an extraordinary soundscape.
The Snake Run Project celebrates one of the world’s oldest skate parks, the Snake Run in Albany, and its local legends with an event combining cutting edge contemporary performance, freestyle skating, bands and more.
INKING THE SKIN
As part of this urban art project, the designs of more than 100 people are laid onto the concrete sides of the Snake Run. Each design represents its creator’s connection to this legendary place – the skin lost, the fear conquered and the love found.
Sat 13 Feb
Highly-skilled skateboarding meets contemporary dance in a dynamic performance that explores the relationship between the snake, skin and the history of the Snake Run site. This high-octane event features surprising moments of beauty amongst the daring and unexpected.
Master of Ceremonies: Kus Rolph
|11am||Band performance: Second Winter|
|12pm||Skate event: first skaters classic featuring DJ Monk-hee. Dress up in your best 70s gear, an event exclusively for skaters over 40 years old|
|1pm||Band performance: Mt. Mountain. Psychedelic rock from one of Perth's hottest breakthrough
Russ Howell will also be signing autographs at the historical display marquee
|2pm||Skate Event: under-18s skate competition, presented by Owned|
|3pm||Band performance: Mt Mountain|
|4pm||Skate event: open best trick $1500 cash grab, co-ordinated by Skateboarding WA, featuring DJ Mister Moon|
Main event commences: Welcome to Country and appearance by Russ Howell
The Snake Run show: skateboarding, parkour and street art collide in an incredible performance
|6.30pm||Band performance: The Armani Consort|
|7.20pm||Film presentation: The Snake Run Documentary by Matt & Tim Zafir|
Food vendors onsite. Bring your own chair or picnic rug and protect yourself from the sun. Parking available at Albany Primary School, Albany Senior High School and Strawberry Hill Farm.
No parking available at The Snake Run. Hare Street closed to traffic between Hay St. & Burt St.
Competitors in skate events must register 30 minutes prior to the event. Under 18’s require guardian’s signature on registration form, helmets are compulsory.
More information: Vancouver Arts Centre 9841 9260
Cast & Crew / Artists
Director and Choreographer
Inking the Skin
Young people in the Great Southern region are invited to make their mark on their iconic Snake Run through a unique design project led by local artist Chad Marwick running in schools throughout Term 4 2015.
To find out more and get your school involved contact Annette Carmichael, Arts Development Officer for the Vancouver Arts Centre at [email protected]