Heartlands festival embraces urban culture following pleas from youngsters at launch
Cornwall skateboarding legend Leo Smith was one of the star attractions in the first Urban Festival held in his home county.
Heartlands, the £35 million lottery-backed free visitor attraction near Pool, was the backdrop for the event this weekend. It was staged after numerous young people contacted bosses at the huge park to ask for more activities aimed specifically at their age group.
Vicky Martin, chief executive of Heartlands, said the demand for such an event was apparent right from its opening earlier this summer.
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"From the unbelievable interest we had in our small skateboarding area at the launch event to the comments and pleas we've had since from the young people of the area, we thought it was time to have an event that celebrated this inspirational urban culture that is so strong in Cornwall," she said. "This event is all about nurturing new talent, raising aspirations and having a great time."
Activities over the weekend included live demonstrations from professional skateboarders and BMXers as well as music, urban dance and street art workshops.