How Urban Arts Are Transforming Asia’s Youth Culture

How Urban Arts Are Transforming Asia’s Youth Culture

An exhibition in Berlin spotlights how skateboarding, breakdancing, and street art are influencing Central and Eastern Asia.

Plus Aziz
  • 4 september 2011

It should come as no surprise that urban art can break down cultural boundaries, both within a society and across different groups. Despite the element of competitiveness that exists in urban arts (whether it be a breakdancing battle, the territorial wars of street artists, or global skateboarding tournaments) it all seems to move towards the spirit of global cooperation and cross-cultural understanding through the creation of communities.

As a testimony to this form of cooperation, a multi-pronged exhibition is being organized by Skateistan, Traverse, & Hip Hop Stützpunkt spotlighting urban cultures in Cambodia, Afghanistan, China and India through movie screenings, workshops, Skype-conferences, a music program, and fundraising in coordination with Berlin’s Music Week (Sept. 6th – 12th).

Re-Framing the Educational Goals of Urban Art

The creative program works towards unveiling how urban arts are capable of lifting kids from poverty and be used to disrupt cultural ignorance by inspiring discussions on the environment, health and wellness, and racism:

The event introduces projects that are using new and innovative methods in the field of social development, with their own strategies and models… Many of the people that are involved with these activities have recognized that sports and creative programs can be connected to empowerment and education… This includes initiatives like back to school programs that focus on traditional forms of education, as well as more experimental forms of education that are largely creative arts based and focus on socially inclined topics.

Here are the three core forms of urban arts that the program focuses on.

Skateboarding: Skateistan is a skateboarding school in Afghanistan with NGO status. Because it is a sport rather than a medium for personal expression,  it is acceptable on levels that other urban arts are not. But much like other urban arts, it is also a global phenomena that goes beyond regular language and contains its own vocabulary and symbolism:

Skateboarders speak to each other in a certain way about the sport that is universal, a kickflip is always a kickflip… Consequently, heritage, religion, skin color, or social status are pushed into the background. Through street cultures intercultural bridges are being built, which can be used to reduce prejudice and promote conflict resolution.

Breakdancing: Tiny Drops is another NGO in India founded by dancer Netarpal Singh Bandesha (aka Hera). It’s a hip hop school that is bringing breakdancing to India as part of an educational program that introduces creative knowledge through music, dance, and film. It is actually rather similar to Tiny Toones, which is based in Cambodia with a similar mission. Tiny Toones also cultivates the talent of some 500 students and has resources such as classrooms, computer rooms and music equipment, and a dancefloor.

For more information on the exhibitions, check out the information provided below:


Sept. 6th – Sept. 17th, 2011 / Monday-Saturday / 12.00 – 18.00 Uhr
EXHIBIT: TINY TOONES & TINY DROPS – Hip Hop Schools Cambodia & India
Hip Hop Stützpunkt, Marienburger Straße 16a / 10405 Berlin


Sept. 8th, 2011 / Thursday / 19.00 Uhr
Music: DJ URI (Tiny Drops, India), AUTO64
Hatch Sticker Museum, Brunnenstrasse 196 / 3. HH, 10119 Berlin

Sept. 15th, 2011 / Thursday / 14.00 – 21.00 Uhr
CONFERENCE: Youth Cultural Development Projects
in Conflict Regions with Zahra Said, Erika Kinast, Joel Sames u.A.
Archiv der Jugendkulturen, Fidicinstraße 3, 10965 Berlin

Sept. 16th, 2011 / Friday / 19.00 Uhr
Hip Hop Stützpunkt, Marienburger Straße 16a / 10405 Berlin


Sept. 7th, 2011 / Wednesday / 23.00 Uhr
Music: DJ URI (Tiny Drops, India), BEATEVOLUTIONERS
Cassiopeia, Revalerstraße 99, 10245 Berlin

Sept. 10th, 2011 / Saturday / 23.00 Uhr
with DJ URI (Tiny Drops, India), MARC HYPE, MITCH ALVE
Klub der Republik, Pappelallee 81, 10437 Berlin

Berlin Music Week


Hip Hop Stützpunkt


Hatch Kingdom: The Music of Stickers


Japanese Face Wash Creates A Perfect Rose Every Time

Arts & Culture
Mobile august 26, 2016

Get A Better Idea Of How You Are Wasting Your Time

The TouchTime app is trying to revolutionize personal task management by providing detailed insight on how to be more efficient

Culture august 26, 2016

London Telephone Box Repurposed As A Tiny Mobile Repair Shop

Tools and supplies to replace broken screens or damage are neatly stowed away in these micro-workrooms


Get PSFK's Latest Report: Future of Retail: Technology Primer

See All
Design august 26, 2016

Conceptual Sportswear Created Out Of Futuristic Condom Material

A Dutch fashion designer is experimenting with new methods and fabrics to make high performance clothing

Fashion august 26, 2016

Fashionable Tassel Will Ensure You Never Lose Your Valuables Again

The device is fashion meets connected tech, that will help you keep track of your belongings at all times


Ara Katz

fashion ecommerce

Syndicated august 26, 2016

Would You Wear Wool Shoes To Save The Environment?

As demand for wool shoes grows, a number of US footwear brands are heading directly to the source: the sheep pastures of New Zealand

Sustainability august 26, 2016

Self-Healing Material Is Fashioned Out Of Squid Teeth

Penn State researchers have devised a new textile that uses organic proteins

Arts & Culture august 26, 2016

Search Engine Turns Your Own Drawings Into Photos

This image-matching software accepts hand-made sketches instead of keywords


Future Of Work
Cultivating The Next Generation Of Leaders

PSFK Op-Ed august 24, 2016

Why Building Better Offices Is The Key To Employee Engagement

Interaction Designer and Audio-visual Technologist at ESI Design illustrates the value in creating environments filled with surprise and delight

PSFK Labs august 25, 2016

PSFK’s Workplace Vision: How The Nurturing Of Seeds Will Come To Define The Onboarding Process

Our Future of Work vision is a service that allows companies to assemble and deliver welcome packets that are uniquely focused on the concept of growth

Arts & Culture august 26, 2016

Illustrator Interprets The Experiences Of Blind Travelers

Artist Alby Letoy creates drawings of poignant travel memories for the visually impaired

Advertising august 26, 2016

Clickbait Titles Used For The Good Of Charity

An agency devised an unlikely campaign that uses clickbait as a positive force to drive awareness to nonprofit initiatives

Advertising august 26, 2016

The Best In Eye-Catching Olympics Campaigns

PSFK rounds out the Rio Games with our picks for the best advertising moments off the field

Work august 26, 2016

Editorial Roundtable: The Arrival Of The People-First Workplace

Managed By Q, Soma, Workbar, Primary and thinkPARALLAX enumerate the reasons why companies need an employee-embracing workforce in order to exist

Arts & Culture august 26, 2016

Transforming Light Waves Into A New Art Form

An artist uses glass treated with layers of metallic coatings to create a unique installation called lightpaintings


Rio Olympics
Innovation Coverage From The Rio Games

Design august 26, 2016

This Windbreaker Lets You Explore The Outdoors While Charging Your Phone

The apparel includes solar panels that allow the wearer to stay connected through the power of renewable energy

Asia august 26, 2016

The Goal Of This Game Is To Not Get Laid Off From Your Job

A hit mobile app has you working really, really hard to not get fired as you climb the corporate ladder

Advertising august 26, 2016

Movie Critic Bot Guides Viewers Through Festival Offerings

The Toronto International Film Festival has created a Facebook Messenger chatbot to help attendants curate their schedule

No search results found.