Summer is the time to get outdoors and enjoy your surroundings, and street arts festivals around the world are helping you do just that. June and July were big months for international outdoor art, here are some highlights:
UPFEST, Europe’s largest, free, street art & graffiti festival, took place from July 25 – 29 in Bedminster & Southville, Bristol. Over 250 street artists from 25 countries across The UK painted 28 venues over the 5 day festival.
• to see more go to Upfest.co.uk •
The Mural Festival was held on the St. Laurent Boulevard in Montreal from June 2 – 12. This year’s festival boasted artists such as Nycho, Curiot and Eric Clement. The festival featured not only street art, but also offered concerts, lectures, open exhibitions, and various food venues.
• to learn more go to muralfestival.com •
Seawalls: Murals for Oceans was put on by Pangeaseed in Cozumel, Mexico and ran from July 17 – 26. The festival’s goal is to protect the world’s oceans via public art and activism. Every mural created over these 10 days speaks to the theme of the festival.
• to learn more go to pangeaseed.org •
Richmond Mural Project ran from July 13 – 24. It is the brainchild of the DC based art gallery Art Whino. The goal is to create 100 works by world renown artists in the first 5 years of it’s creation in order to put Richmond, VA on the map of where to go to see internationally recognized murals.
• for more history on the project go to artwhino.com •
Wall/Therapy “is an art and community intervention project, using public murals as a means to transform the urban landscape, inspire, and build community.” Rochester, New York brought together local and international artists to help transform it’s cities walls from July 17 – 26.
• for more information go to wall-therapy.com •
After being in Sliema for the last two years, The Malta Street Arts Festival was held in Marsamxett, Valleta from July 24 -26. It hosted not only street artists but offered a variety of music stages, a market for local vendors and skatepark.
Put these festivals on your map for summer destinations in 2016, or visit the murals year round.