by Ben Haworth
September 24, 2009
Originating in New York City, The Bicycle Film Festival has become an important voice for the culture, history, sport and relevance of the bicycle across the globe. The BFF has played a formative role in modern bike culture, fusing fashion, music and art scenes to different areas of the bicycle community itself (track bikes, BMX, road cycling) around a shared passion for the bicycle.
Bicycle culture’s presence has grown tremendously throughout the world and shows no sign of stopping. Bicycle enthusiasts travel each year to the Festival in hope of bringing the event back to their home. In one short year, the Festival has increased the number of city locations by 22, creating 39 festivals worldwide including Sydney, Milan, New York, Paris and Tokyo.
In its 9th year, world wide; the Festival enters its fifth year in London this season, the capital city being the heartland of the UK’s cycling renaissance.
Beginning September 24, and hosted at the Barbican Centre, one of the city’s premier arts establishments, the festival will screen several programs that reflect the diverse experiences involving the bicycle. Highlights from this year include: Where Are You Go directed by Benny Zenga and Brian Vernor, I Love My Bicycle: The Story of FBM Bikes directed by Joe Stakun, and The Third Wheel directed by Brian Schoenfelder.
The London festival will also feature a variety of bike rides and events surrounding the screenings. Thursday the 24th features an opening party at the Barbican with world-class djs and entertainment. Friday evening, a night of Roller Racing presented by Rollapaluza™, and a Hard-court Bike Polo Tournament on Sunday the 27th.
Saturday the 26th of September will play host to a variety of rides, including a women’s ride, an endurance road ride, and BMX street jam, with professional BMX stars from across the country participating.
All BFF events are open to the public and participation is widely encouraged.
Tickets to the festival are available via http://www.baribcan.org.uk/film
For complete program listings please see www.bicyclefilmfestival.com