Madrid’s quest to be the World’s Sports Capital in 2022, takes another step forward with the start today of the 2nd annual Madrid Urban Sports festival.
The international event will run from today, until Sunday 10th October at the Madrid Río-Matadero exhibition complex, combining street sport with music, exhibitions and urban art.
The Matadero has converted itself into a New York street themed space, complete with a Central Park and Street Plaza.
The event will include international competitions and national heats, with top sportsmen and women from all of the continents, as well as new local talent.
Madrid is taking over from Tokyo, where the recent Olympics saw the introduction of BMX and skateboarding as disciplines for the games.
To these will be added, scooter, roller freestyle, and breaking, to the Madrid event.
The event will showcase Madrid’s sporting prowess, infrature and commitment to being recognised as one of the global references for urban sport and culture.
The multi-sport festival will bring back many of the Tokyo Olympic medalists, such as the Venezuelan. Daniel Dhers who won silver in the BMX in the summer as well as Danny León and Julia Benedetti who represented Spain in the Olympic skateboarding team.
There will also be well-known names from urban sport, confirming an elite round-up from more than 20 different countries.
Visitors will also be able to find open spaces to practice or try out sports like skating, BMX, scooter, among others.
Urban art, music and activities for the public
In parallel to the competitions, Madrid Urban Sports will have a wide cultural offer, opting for flagship genres of urban music, such as rap and trap, and there will be a space devoted to art, where Madrid’s graffiti artists will show off their creativity.
One of the main highlights is set to be Young Blood, where up and coming young talent will be able to get together on stage to show off their best improvised talent to the rhythm of urban music. The winners will then have the opportunity to challenge the top names from the FMS (Freestyle Master Series) in a final duel.
Between sporting events, music will also be the main feature, with performances by Madrid’s renowned rap and trap artists.
Visitors will also have the opportunity to participate in the activities in Zona Enjoy, a space designed for all ages where they can pump track, wood wave, mini ramps, and parkour all weekend long.