we are quite sure a lot of you guys have already been waiting for us to announce the date of the 8th fingerboard world championship (Fast Fingers #20). Unfortunately we are forced to postpone the event to 2018. There are quite a few reasons for this decision and we would like to share them with you:
The first reason has to do with the location. For years we had been renting the same event location - a location perfectly fitting the spatial needs for all the fingerboard-parks and visitors. The owners, however, needed the event location as storage room, so we had to clear out the location a few weeks ago, We found an interesting alternative location within the same building complex, but both the owner and the municipal administration need to agree and legally approve it as an event location. Permissions are pending.
The second reason is of financial nature, because without a date and a location it is almost impossible to initiate proper negotiations with potential sponsors for the event. All in all Fast Fingers has never been profitable not even with the support of sponsors - but we didn't care, because we could afford it and we organized it for the sake of fun. Given our current situation we can't get this huge event going this year unfortunately,
Blackriver has been around since 1999 and being in a pioneer position it is still a tough struggle to survive most of the times. Not having sponsors, pending permissions for a potential location and having to deal with a difficult financial situation in general, we have no other choice but to postpone the event to 2018, We have been speculating about a "light" version of Fast Fingers, but to be honest holding this event for the 20th time, we do not want it to be a "light" version. We want it to be at least as entertaining, mind blowing, memorable and great as the years before.
With new brands emerging everywhere every day (which positively has to be seen as a sign of a creative and vivid fingerboard scene) it gets harder to survive while keeping events, contests, sessions, event sponsoring etc. going at the same time.
Just like in skateboarding this development has an effect on established cultural institutions like the Fast Fingers event and the Blackriver Store in Berlin, which also has to struggle to make ends meet each month.
Only time will tell how the future will look like. Blackriver will always play an active role in fingerboarding and with your support on the right track we will probably be able to present you further unique fingerboard events.
Anyhow, it feels like we have to take a deep breath in order to celebrate a stunning Fast Fingers #20 next year! :-) Thanks for your understanding.
Your Blackriver Team