Upfest | Street Art Festival | 25th – 27th May

Editor March 12, 2013 0
Upfest | Street Art Festival | 25th – 27th May

Hundreds of urban artists will descend on Bedminster, Bristol for Upfest 2013. This FREE bank holiday festival invites you to see world class painters and illustrators at work painting 20,000sqft of surfaces including a NY subway train, alongside music stages, pop up cafes and street parties from Saturday 25th to Monday 27th May 2013.

Upfest 2013 returns with more artists, venues and a brand new festival sponsor, POSCA.  Graffiti, street and illustration artists will take over car parks, a skate park, a subway train, a theatre, beer gardens and streets, alongside music, pop up cafes and stages awash with hip hop, RnB and beatbox acts.

Legendary Bristol based graffiti writer Turroe has created the design for this year’s festival and will curate one of the main venues, painting alongside an amazing spectrum of artists from numerous genres. Bristol’s iconic Tobacco Factory will host many activities including a live illustration battle in the Cafe Bar, headline music stage in the garden, while the outside area will be packed full of artists creating modern masterpieces.

Children and adults will also be able to test their abilities with a spray can by joining a graffiti workshop throughout the weekend. Upfest attracts visitors from all over the world to witness the most groundbreaking  artists create artwork in Bedminster, while raising funds for the National Association for Children of Alcoholics (NACOA).

A selection of the biggest names in international graffiti culture will be taking to the streets, including Faith47 (South Africa), DALeast (China), C215 (France), Peeta (Italy) as well as Bristol natives Turroe and Inkie.

For the first time Upfest is being sponsored by POSCA Pens, a range of premium art pens favoured for decades in the urban art world. The festival will also feature the inaugural POSCA Awards, designed to recognise the very best in graffiti and illustration.

Upfest founder Stephen Hayles explains;

“Now in its 6th year, we’re lucky to already have interest from some amazing names in the urban art world from afar afield as China and South Africa. We’re looking for the very best in urban artists to paint over the weekend and hope we’ll get a record number of artists painting thanks to our new sponsors POSCA, who are also creating awards for the talents attending to recognise the amazing talents of the artists who visit the festival.”

Upfest will be based at the Tobacco Factory and throughout North Street, Southville, Bristol on Saturday 25th May through to Monday 27th May and will be running between the hours of 11am-9pm. The festival is FREE to attend.

Once again Upfest will help raise money for and awareness of The National Association for Children of Alcoholics (NACOA) who offer a confidential phone line for children effected by alcoholism with the family unit.

For more information please visit www.upfest.co.uk  and follow the festival on Twitter @upfest #upfest2013

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