Wednesday 12.12.12

A donation to skating with Soundtrack in Cambodia

For many years, you have been able to hear music, skate and hang out with your friends at Roskilde Festival. However, this is not the case everywhere in the world. That is why a new initiative has been created uniting a DJ school and a skate park for young people in Cambodia.

By: Dan Wichmand Frederiksen

Two non-profit organisations, Turning Tables and Skateistan, cooperate on creating a DJ school and a skate park in Phnom Penh, the capital city of Cambodia. Since 2007 Skateistan has built skate parks in conflict areas such as Afghanistan and Palestine, while Turning Tables has build schools for electronic music and rap in Jordanian and Syrian refugee camps since 2009.

The world’s first skate park with built-in DJ school in Cambodia
Martin F. Jakobsen from Turning Tables has no doubt that this combination of DJ school and a skate park will create great results for marginalised street children and youths. Martin F. Jakobsen, who is also known as Langefinger from the DJ trio Den Sorte Skole , says; “if you skate a bit and play some music in the streets, the kids will come. They think it’s fucking exiting. So we talk to them about the DJ school and they are allowed to come and go as they please”. In Turning Tables young people between the ages of 11 and 22 get help improving their rap skills and producing their own mix-tape.

Roskilde Festival has donated DKK 142,706 to the DJ school and to Turning Tables. Given that the marginalised youths get the chance to come together in a youth culture, and getting a permanent drop-in centre, where they can express themselves freely through movement and creativity, the skate park and the DJ school are part of building the young peoples’ confidence and giving them opportunities to having a better future.

 

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