Burnley goes urban

EXTREME sports and pulse-racing beats will collide in Burnley as the Urban Culture Jam returns to East Lancashire.

Sandygate Square will play host to “Three Points” on Thursday, August 25th, from 1 to 7 p.m. showcasing the best local, regional and international MCs, beatboxers and DJs.

Much of the same can be expected the following day when “Parktasic” takes over Towneley Park from 1 to 4 p.m.

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Both events are free and will prepare the community for a weekend of urban culture culminating at the Urban Culture Jam on Bank Holiday Monday, August 29th, in Accrington Skate Park.

Organised by young people from Clayton-le-Moors Young People’s Service in partnership with Burnley-based Curious Minds, the events form part of Blaze, an ambitious culture and sport. participation programme.

Featuring live music, DJs, dance, BMX, skateboarding and fashion, the weekend will also feature a painting project by French graffiti artist, Eric Hoang (aka Akse) and a 3D free-running installation devised by the young people with help from renowned Dutch artist, Zedz.

Sara Domville, Blaze programme manager, said: “The Urban Culture Jam Festival is the flagship event of Blaze’s event calendar and fuses art, music, sport and live performances. Last year’s event was fantastic and attracted hundreds of people.”

James Green (18) a Blaze producer, said: “I’m so excited about this year’s UCJ and we’ve been working hard to make it bigger and better than last year. We’ve added a lot more urban sports to the day and it’s been wicked working with Zedz on the graffiti model – it’s going to be awesome!”

To find out more about the Blaze Urban Culture Jam Festival, visit www.facebook.com/urbanculturejam or www.blazeonline.org.uk.