Award-winning street art festival returns to Leicester

Posted on Wednesday, May 18, 2022

GRAFFITI artists from around the world will create stunning works of art on the streets of Leicester this month, as the internationally acclaimed Bring The Paint festival returns to the city.

The week-long festival – which runs from May 23-29 – will feature more than 70 artists from around the world ready to create eye-catching graphic works on buildings and spectacular 3D artworks in and around the centre. city.

Since the first festival in 2017, Bring The Paint has had a dramatic impact on the visual landscape of the city, helping to create a free outdoor gallery of large-scale street art for all to enjoy. This year, internationally acclaimed artists from America, Mexico, Germany, Italy, France and the UK will continue the transformation with more world-class art.

Bring The Paint Artistic Director Izzy Hoskins said: “We are incredibly delighted to be staging Bring The Paint for the third time in Leicester. Our world-class lineup speaks for itself and we’re proud to work with such an incredible line-up of artists. The festival is expected to be one of the biggest street art events in the UK this year.

The town’s mayor, Peter Soulsby, said: “Bring the Paint has become an integral part of the town’s exciting calendar of events since 2017, and the stunning results of these world-class works of art can still be seen in the centre. -town today.

“I’m looking forward to working with Graffwerk again to bring this event to the city and see the work of some truly amazing artists.”

As well as watching new street art take shape, people will be able to enjoy live music, workshops, exhibitions and a range of other activities, including street art walking tours, bike rides to learn more about the artists and the stories behind their work and a virtual reality exhibition tracing the history of British graffiti.

Visitors can also create their own piece of wall art with a spray painting workshop, play music during a free DJ session, take great photos during a street art photo walk or try comic book illustration.

Festival venues include The Mill by Graffwerk for artwork and events; The Soundhouse for live music; LCB Deport for a lively program of events with the popular street food night last Friday; and Rally House, Short Street and Beta X all host pop-up workshops and galleries.

Supported by Arts Council England, BID Leicester, Leicester City Council, De Montfort University and The Gresham Apartments, Bring The Paint is inspired by Leicester’s identity as one of Europe’s most diverse cities.

Full details can be found at www.bringthepaint.co.uk


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Reggie S. Williams