Ghetto Games Festival Announces the Date and Programme of This Year's Event
03.07.2019 - 12:57
On July 12 and 13, Ventspils will host the biggest alternative sports and street culture event in the Baltic States – the Ghetto Games Festival. For the first time in collaboration with Samsung Galaxy S10, the traditional extreme sports competition and events for family recreation will be supplemented with performances of the best Latvian hip hop artists.
In the middle of July, Latvian seaside city Ventspils will literally turn into the epicentre of the biggest street lifestyle events. The city will bring together high-level professional representatives of 13 different extreme types of sports from 30 countries, which will be highly entertaining to watch for festival visitors of all ages and interests.
"We are pleased that along with the long-term collaboration with Ghetto Games, we have implemented and are continuing to develop determined infrastructure for extreme sports in the city of Ventspils," says the Chairman of Ventspils City Council Aivars Lembergs. "In the beginning of this year, we opened BMX winter training base, providing athletes with an opportunity to improve their skills throughout the year! The fact that many of the sports we initially supported as extreme street sports have now been included in the Olympic Games is an essential testimony to the fact that our chosen direction for sports development has been correct. Everyone is invited to an active weekend in Ventspils!"
Director of the Ghetto Games Festival Sanda Gertnere says, "It has been several years since we have organized this ambitious event in Ventspils. During these years, several sports have been included in the Olympic Games programme. This year, when we are on the eve of the Tokyo Olympic Games, right in Ventspils, in its very good infrastructure, we will see the Olympic sports - 3x3 basketball, skateboarding and BMX freestyle."
Among some common sports, competitions will be also held in the following types of sports - BMX freestyle, inline skating, 3x3 basketball, Ghetto Basket, Ghetto Football, skateboarding, Ghetto Stunt, street gymnastics - Baltic Open, Baltic SUP Cup, scooter freestyle - skatepark's amateur competition, demonstrations of Ghetto Dance will be available and something new at the moment - kendama, the best will be determined at Kendama Baltic Open.
"In many parts of the world, in major extreme sports festivals, music - especially hip hop music - is an integral part of the event. Thanks to this year's collaboration with Samsung Galaxy S10, the best Latvian representatives of hip hop genre will perform on stage at the Ghetto Games Festival," adds Gertnere.
At the end of both days, in Big Square by the newly built concert hall "Latvija", there will be a stage, which will gather the best Latvian hip hop musicians - Ansis, Ozols, Edavārdi, Singapūras Satīns, Kreisais Krasts, Latgalīšu reps, Skutelis, Viņa, Fakts, Brīvrunu Projekts, Fanya and Beirak & Minay, Če and Xa. This will be the biggest hip hop music event in Latvia.
In collaboration with Street Food Latvia, it will be possible to enjoy the best street food traditions in the festival, a wide range of food around the world, get to know popular and brand new street food caterers and have a drink in the real mood of the festival!
The Ghetto Games Festival in Ventspils or GGFEST has been held since 2012 and is free for all visitors. The values of the Ghetto Games Festival are creative and active lifestyle and as basis for everything - courage to do what you love. This event is a wonderful opportunity to get inspired and receive the necessary motivation for yourself and loved ones to begin active lifestyle.