Upfest, Europe’s largest & free street art and graffiti festival, has announced its return to Bristol. The 2017 festival will take place from July 29th-31st.
The 2016 edition saw a record-breaking 300 artists from over 40 countries attend. They painted super-sized street murals, shop front shutters and boards in more than 30 venues and locations all over Bedminster.
The 300 artists who painted at Upfest 2016 were drawn from a pool of 700 who applied. This is testament to how popular the event has become, and ensures a high quality of work.
The 2016 festival was one of the most diverse ever, with artists painting on venues, walls, boards, a double decker bus and a New York-style subway train.
Seasoned artists like Inkie, Jody and Cheba made their usual distinctive mark on Bedminster. Spanish duo Pichi & Avo painted a giant mural on the side of the Masonic pub, a piece that was one of the most photographed of the festival.
The South Street park proved hugely popular again, as was the Relentless takeover of the North Street Green. This area featured b-boy dancing, food and yet more art.
For younger visitors the highlight was probably the introduction of Mr Graff, celebrating the 45th anniversary of Mr Men and Little Miss. Mr Tickle even made a personal appearance!
Artist registration for Upfest 2017 will open via the Upfest website from the 1st – 28th of February.