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You can't move history: four decades of Southbank demos

  Dustin Dollin at the Vans Demo last summer (Photo: Dawn Crumpler) On the 5th February 2014 Rick Haythornthwaite, Chairman of the Southbank Centre, said in a public statement: “Our battle has never been with the skateboarders, whom we have welcomed and guaranteed a future on our site”. Yet in September 2013 Southbank Centre CEO, […]

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Statement of support from Sxip Shirey

Image courtesy of Elliott Franks  © all rights reserved The Southbank Centre and their supporters frequently claim that it is a small group of skaters holding up plans that will benefit the wider Southbank Centre community. This couldn’t be further from the truth. Every day we spend on the petition table, hundreds of members of […]

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Southbank Memories ~ guest blog by Jacques Talbot

Photograph by Marci Michelle My first experience coming face to face with skateboarders was at Southbank. I grew up in the rural Southwest of England but my Aunt lived in London and was aware that I was keen on skateboarding. My first experience on a skateboard came about as a result of a Christmas gift […]

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Southbank and the Clash of 'Culture' ~ guest blog by Samuel Bailey

Photograph by Sam Ashley Regeneration and redevelopment projects within cities are being redirected down a long and winding road towards ‘Destination Culture’. As globalisation envelopes the everyday life of the city-goer, there is a shift in how we see the city as a landscape. Increasingly, city planners and developers are trying to find new ways […]

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LLSB – Delivering a Letter to Lambeth

On the 2nd January Long Live Southbank with hundreds of skateboarders made the 3 mile journey from the iconic Southbank skate spot to Lambeth Town Hall to hand-deliver a record-breaking 27,286 objections to the Southbank Centres controversial Festival Wing plans, in a bid to halt what has become the most unpopular planning application in UK […]

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Press Release: Mayor of London Boris Johnson speaks out in support of preserving London's iconic skate spot

Press Release: Mayor of London Boris Johnson speaks out in support of preserving London’s iconic skate spot Long Live Southbank is delighted by Boris Johnson’s intervention, as London Mayor, to add his voice to the campaign to preserve the Southbank Undercroft skate spot. The Mayor has indicated that the Southbank Centre’s Festival Wing redevelopment should […]

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LLSB at the Hungerford Bridge Design Meeting

[fve]http://www.youtu.be/IL6gzD-LCKM[/fve] On The 23rd of October, the Southbank Centre held the first of 3 meetings to design the Hungerford skate space, ignoring the 70,000 members of LLSB who object to the planned redevelopment of the famous Undercroft. LLSB activists attended in a observational capacity and exposed that there were no undercroft users or young people […]

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2 January 2014: Long Live Southbank skate on Lambeth!

Photograph by Sophia Bennett The day started with the eager and dedicated skaters of London’s Southbank cleaning and sweeping the undercroft area, an area that appeared to have been neglected after successful New Year’s Eve celebrations, in preparation for perhaps the most significant day in the campaign’s history. In the past two weeks, more than […]

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Long Live South Bank Cultural Inclusivity ~ guest blog by David Holloway

Photograph by Joshua Gray I am an urban anthropologist working with young people who has been interested in contemporary graffiti since its emergence in London in the 80’s.  In the 90’s I curated the first graffiti exhibitions in the UK: at the South London Art Gallery and then at the Whitechapel.  Core to the message […]

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