Celebrate May Bank Holiday urban art style
Europe’s leading urban art festival Upfest will return for its 6th year from Saturday 25th – Monday 27th May 2013, with over two hundred local and international artists descending on South Bristol during the bank holiday weekend to support NACOA.
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 theatre, beer gardens and streets to showcase the very best in British and International urban art.
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 all manner of different and interesting pieces that will make you want to give it a go. Children and adults will be able to test their abilities with a spray can by joining a graffiti workshop throughout the weekend.
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.
Artist registration is now open for this year’s festival. All individuals and collectives interested in a space to paint or illustrate at the festival can register on the Upfest website until the 15th of February.
As well as hundreds of artist boards and live street painting, North Street will feature a New York Subway train with leading graffiti artists spraying its exterior throughout the weekend.
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.