Participants fly high in Portsmouth’s first Street Games

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Celebrating street performance and urban art, the first Portsmouth Street Games was a huge success.

The new event, held at Guildhall Square, drew in hundreds of people over the weekend as it showed off extreme sports and street art.

The Portsmouth Street Games were held in Guildhall Square, Portsmouth. Charlie Greenwood (16) from Portsmouth in action.'Picture: Ian Hargreaves (141638-2)

The Portsmouth Street Games were held in Guildhall Square, Portsmouth. Charlie Greenwood (16) from Portsmouth in action.'Picture: Ian Hargreaves (141638-2)

Hoping to have an annual spot on the calender, the event gave people the chance to see extreme stunts like BMX and free running as well as local dance groups.

And visitors also got to try their hand at street art with graffiti stations set up throughout the square.

The two-day festival was organised by owner of Big Adventure John Sackett.

John, along with the chief executive of Portsmouth Guildhall Andy Grays thought it would be a great opportunity to show off Portsmouth’s street culture.

He says: ‘The concept for the Portsmouth Street Games came about because Andy and I believed that Guildhall Square can become a cultural hub.

‘We spoke to people at the University of Portsmouth, the council and the New Theatre Royal to see if we can put on a series of events.

‘I thought that the square needed to be discovered by young people and we hope these events will do that.’

The main arena had a series of ramps and equipment for the BMX and skateboarding shows.

Street dance troops, including Streetforce DC and Most Wanted also performed in the main arena.

But for dad-of-two Skippy Garrett from Southsea, the street art and extreme sports were his favourite displays of the weekend.

The 40-year-old says: ‘I am an artist so for me, it was interesting seeing the street art. And I loved the fact that they had a New York subway train for the street artists.’