Ramping Up To The Paris Olympics 2024: First Artletics Programme Blends Urban Sports And Street Arts In A Cross-Cultural Showcase Of Passion

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For two days, Somerset Skate Park will be transformed into a creative playground filled with programmes as orchestrated by street artists from Singapore and France.

Venue: Somerset Skate Park
Date: 25 & 26 May 2024
Time: 4pm to 10pm
Fee: Free admission for all

 Artletics: A Special Two-Day Celebration Of Sports & Arts

Photo Credit: Elsa Martino

Photo Credit: Simpleproblembeings

The countdown has begun for the Paris 2024 Olympic Games! In the lead up to the global event, the Embassy of France in Singapore and Art Outreach Singapore will be holding a special two-day celebration of sports and arts aptly titled Artletics.

Supported by the Singapore Tourism Board, this free admission programme welcomes the public to witness urban sports athletes and street artists from both countries converging at the Somerset Skate Park to immerse Singaporeans in a joint showcase of their talents. Happening on 25 and 26 May 2024 from 4pm to 10pm, it will also close the ongoing vOilah! France Singapore Festival - the annual festival organised by the Embassy of France in Singapore to demonstrate French creativity and innovation through the power of cross-cultural collaborations.

The event’s focus on urban sports gives a nod to the inclusion of the category into the upcoming Paris 2024 Olympic Games, which includes sports like BMX, skateboarding and breaking. It also runs parallel to the plans to transform the Place de la Concorde in Paris into an urban sports space. The unique collaboration also serves as a bridge between France and Singapore, deepening cultural ties through a shared passion for artistic expression and athleticism.

Here's taking a closer look at what you can look forward to:

Transformation Of Somerset Skate Park Into A Vibrant Urban Playground

Photo Credit: Spaz

Photo Credit: Zero

Photo Credit: Kekli 

Three visual artists from Singapore - Zero, Spaz, and Simpleproblembeings - will work alongside French muralist Elsa Martino and graffiti artist Kekli to enliven the space by decorating the walls and the ramps of the skate park with vibrant designs.

Urban Fusion & Skateboarding Showcases

Photo Credit: Alan Liang

Photo Credit: Koh Chen Pin

  • Urban Fusion Showcase
    • 25 May 2024: 6pm & 8.15pm
  • Skateboarding Showcase
    • 25 May 2024:¬†5.45pm & 7.45pm¬†
    • 26 May 2024:¬†5pm & 7.30pm

Get ready to be enthralled by the dynamic energy of the Urban Fusion Showcases, a celebration of urban dance and sports. Marvel at the awe-inspiring skateboarding skills of local talents.

Join us as we spotlight the exhilarating artistry of Breaking, the precision of Bike Trials, the adrenaline of BMX, the agility of Parkour, and the mesmerising tricks of Yo-Yo performers. Don't miss this electrifying fusion of athleticism and creativity!

Artletics Workshops & Clinics

Photo Credit: Chong Yichen

Photo Credit: Sharil Effendy

  • Urban Fusion Open Workshops
    • 25 May 2024: 6.30pm (Open to public, no registration required)
  • Skateboarding Clinic
    • 26 May 2024:¬†5.15pm & 7.45pm¬†

Dive into the world of urban athleticism with our series of free and open-tothe-public athletic clinics. Led by experts and specialists in Breaking, Bike Trials, BMX, Skateboarding, Parkour, and Yo-Yo, these clinics offer attendees the opportunity to witness exhilarating demonstrations and receive handson instruction from some of the best in the field. Whether you're a beginner looking to learn the basics or a seasoned enthusiast seeking to refine your skills, our clinics provide a dynamic and inclusive environment for all to unleash their athletic potential.

Art Jam

Date: 25 to 26 May 2024
Time: 4pm to 6pm

Witness the unveiling of new murals by both French and Singaporean artists specially commissioned for the festival. As the community jam unfolds, the skate park’s walls become a vibrant canvas inviting everyone to paint and leave their mark. Guided by Singapore's urban art collective RSCLS, all are invited to join in the excitement and contribute to the festival's lively atmosphere. No experience is required - materials will be provided, so just let your creativity flow freely!

Artist Soundoff

Date: 26 May 2024
Time: 8.15pm

Don't miss this unique opportunity to connect with the artists behind the festival's new murals at the skate park: Kekli and Elsa Martino from France, alongside Singaporean talents Simpleproblembeings, SPAZ, and ZERO. Grab a drink, get cosy, and join us for a casual dialogue as the artists will share their stories and inspirations behind the vibrant artworks, while welcoming questions and commentary from the audience.

Live DJs & More!

Photo Credit: Kiat

Photo Credit: Intriguant

In the evenings, Singaporean DJs Kiat and Intriguant will also lead the crowd to groove to the beats at an urban rave with lively rhythms. Visitors can dance their night away as they enjoy food & beverages from Frozt, 1664, and TRIFECTA. Festival go-ers can also be energised and refreshed by energy drinks from Monster Energy.

As an extension of the festivities, nearby TRIFECTA will host its first Slope Pow-Wow Challenge 2024 as part of their Summer Festival's exciting lineup of programmes. The snowboard and ski challenge will give visitors an opportunity to experience the thrill of winter sports that are mainstay of the Winter Olympic Games, which was first held in France in 1924.

For more information on Artletics, please visit this website.


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This article is prepared by

Leona Quek
Blessed with 3 handsome and loving boys in her life. Two of them call her Mommy, the other calls her Wifey. Every night, she wishes for an early bedtime, but misses her babies as soon as they sleep.

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