Upfest 2018 will take place from Saturday 28th to Monday 30th July 2018, bringing Europe’s largest live street art and graffiti festival back to the streets of Bedminster.
The festival, which will be marking its tenth anniversary, began in 2008 with just 40 artists and an audience of a few hundred. Over the years the festival’s growing reputation has positioned it as a must-attend event for street artists across the world.
As the festival has grown, so has the amount of artists painting live and the size of the audience. In 2017 a record-breaking 700 artists applied to be part of it, and Upfest now regularly attracts crowds of 50,000.
There will be plenty of news to emerge between now and July, but Upfest 2018 organisers have already revealed that the official artists for the tenth anniversary will be Bristol’s own Jody.
He was part of the early street art scene in Bristol, based around the Barton Hill Youth Club in the late 1980’s. His stunning photorealistic works have appeared at Upfest many times and most recently have included ‘Reverie’ at The Nursery in 2017 and ‘Cassie’ next to Natwest the previous year.
The 2018 festival will be crafted in partnership with long-term supporter of Upfest, Posca. For many years the vibrant pen makers have been bringing their Doodle Walls and activities to the festival, offering the thousands of visitors the chance to join in the creativity.
Artist registration for Upfest, crafted with Posca will officially open on Tuesday 2nd January for artists, graffiti writers and budding amateurs across all disciplines, from graffiti to fine art and stencils to abstract.
In order to promote local talent, at least 100 of the spaces will be allocated to Bristol-based artists, with the remainder split between UK-based artists and international artists.
Upfest founder and gallery owner Stephen Hayles commented:
“From 2008 to now, it’s been an incredible journey to see the festival go from strength to strength. We never imagined it would become what it is today when we first introduced the festival and it’s with thanks to all the incredible artists we’ve worked with over the years, our volunteers, sponsors, supporters, team and the city of Bristol that we’ll now celebrate the 10th anniversary in 2018.”
Due to the sheer volume of artists that attend, the festival is unable to support individuals financially, however some materials are supplied. Once again, this year Upfest will be used as a platform to fundraise for and raise awareness of The National Association for Children of Alcoholics (NACOA) who offer a free confidential phone line (0800 3583456) for children affected by alcoholism within the family unit. www.nacoa.org.uk
For more information on Upfest, crafted with Posca visit the official Upfest website or follow the festival @Upfest.Bristol on Facebook and @upfest on Twitter and Instagram.
at University of Bristol Botanic Gardens