NEWS | Rotherham Skate and Arts Festival

A three-day festival of skate, street art, music and food.

22nd – 24th February Half-term, 10-3.30pm at Rotherham Town Centre

Join us for the very first Rotherham Skate and Arts Festival! Three days of an action-packed programme, full of skateboarding, art installations, floor murals, art workshops, music and street food.

The festival is a part of a wider Children’s Capital of Culture launch event, celebrating the best of Rotherham’s art and heritage, inspired and created by Children and Young People in Rotherham.

In 2025 Rotherham will become the world’s first Children’s Capital of Culture 2025, designed and delivered by Rotherham’s children and young people

This half-term, Rotherham Town Centre will transform into ‘Uplift’, a colourful pop-up skate park. Don’t miss the chance to meet Olympic BMX bikers and skateboarders, performing their best kickflips, ollies, and laser flips. In fact, come and learn their tricks with free skate and BMX workshops running Tuesday the 22nd through Thursday the 24th, from 10-3.30pm! All wheels and safety equipment provided!

Robot Selfie (picture attached), a wall-painting robot by UK-based production studio Kaleider, will create a spectacular 10 x 8 metre mural of Young People’s faces. It will be an exciting chance to observe the robot spray painting for the first time in colour!

Would you like to see your selfie painted by a robot?

Submit your selfie here: https://robotselfie.live/rotherham

The robot will be painting all day Tuesday 22nd – Saturday 26th February at the heart of All Saints Square. For live updates follow #PaintedByARobot #RobotSelfieRotherham

Are you a graffiti lover? Or would you like to try something new? Join us on Effingham Street for free drop-in stencil and spray-painting workshops hosted from Tuesday the 22nd through Thursday the 24th, from 10-3.30pm. These fun, colourful and informative sessions will last about 45 minutes and are designed for 12 people per workshop, where anyone from beginner artists to advanced muralists can come learn the fundamentals of design elements, stencil making, spray painting techniques, can control and drop shadowing. 

Book your place: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/uplift-stencil-and-spray-paint-workshop-tickets-260978161707

Come along and have a go a pop-up screen-printing with Carousel print studio, or design and create your own skate inspired stickers with graphic artist Ed Syder in the Old Town Hall site.

Sticker making Tuesday 22nd and Thursday 24th / 10-12pm and 1-3pm
Screen printing Wednesday 23rd /10-12pm and 1-3pm
Drop in sessions

On Thursday 24th you will have a chance to listen to local rock bands and DJs too! Don’t forget to try the delicious food from our street food stalls!

We can’t wait to see you there! #RotherhamSkateArtsFestival