What you want to do in the public space and why?
I would like to work with local businesses and communities to create a street party where skate and street art culture can be truly celebrated. There are many groups in the community who use the streets as space for their action recreation or creative outlets. This street party would create a platform for members of this community to connect with the rest of Darwin. A place for them to be legitimised and for our culture to be celebrated. A key feature of the event would be a skateable space where we can allow people to skate with friends as well as hosting some games which will create entertainment for the crowd. We will assure that all skate communities feel welcome (skateboarders, scooter and BMX riders as well as quad skaters). The high risk nature of active recreation sports mean that financial support is instrumental in creating a safe and supportive experience. There is just too much risk to manage for free. The current street party program whilst successful, hasn’t correctly engaged the communities that actually participate in street/ urban lifestyles. This is something that I’d like to address and I feel confident that my experience and connections put me in a unique position to tackle this issue.
How you will make this project happen?
I have already begun risk management planning. Overall the project action timeline looks like this: Complete risk management; decide date & time; purchase insurance (skate + event); apply for Street Party closure via City of Darwin; contact Road and Safety management to purchase road closure report for City of Darwin; lock in first level team; confirm vendors; create marketing; begin hiring infrastructure; release PR and distribute marketing; confirm second level staff (site assistance etc); host event and report and acquit.
When will the project start and finish? How long will it take?
Exact project length is hard to determine exactly however it currently looks to be about 3-4 months of planning. The actual event should last for 5-6 hours (no longer than this to avoid drunkenness and patron injury from exhaustion).
What permits or whose permission will you need to implement the project? What do you already have and what will you need to obtain?
Road closure - support from shop fronts along Harriet Place and a permit from City of Darwin Street Party Licensing (need to begin discussion) Insurance - Permit for the skate area and then the rest of the event (conversation has started) Special Temporary License (need to begin discussion).
How will you deliver the project, including how many people will be involved and any partnerships you have developed?
The project will be delivered via a producer (myself) and support from a core team. This will extend on the day to include a second level team of security personal, food vendors etc. My existing relationships with the skate and rider communities as well as the creative, positions me nicely to begin engaging patrons from the targeted demographics. CORE/ FIRST LEVEL TEAM + Project manager/ producer: Oversee the project logistics, manage the team, engage partners + Production Manager/ site management: Manage site on the day of the event and liaise with infrastructure suppliers (except for documentation). + Graphic designer/ Marketing manager (unless this is taken care of by Activate Darwin) Roles on the day (SECOND LEVEL TEAM): - Food and drink vendors - Security x 4 - Skate space supervisor - Host - Musical performers x 3: It would be great to have some live music to really carry the energy. To contain production costs we would curate a line-up of DJ’s and small hip hop collectives. I would like to explore engaging the Happy Yess to support this stage as a way of promoting that community initiative of live music. EXISTING PARTNERSHIPS (confirmed) - Proper Creative + Mayfair Gallery - Good Thanks - ASF (Australian Skateboarding Federation) - Radio Gnome Records - Happy Yess
How will you know your project is successful?
Measurements of success will include: - The execution of a safe and engaging skateable area - Inclusion of local artists producing unique works - Participation from the wider community in new activities - Celebration of our city lifestyle through diverse communities interacting.