Bristol's urban art festival Upfest kick starts jubilee weekend
Europe’s largest urban art festival has returned for the jubilee weekend, with 250 street artists filling venues across North Street in Bedminster and Southville with exhibitions and live painting events.
Yesterday (Saturday, June 2) went well - with the rain holding off until the evening. There was plenty of time for painting and already North Street is full of colourful artwork and hundreds of spectators.
The visiting graffiti royalty features big names from Russia, Spain, Italy and the USA: local talent, meanwhile, includes Andy Council, Lokey, FLX and Acerone.
As well as the wall-to-wall graffiti you’ll also find music from ace beatboxer Reeps One and others, as well as family art workshops, a gigantic collaborative sketch, a children’s painting area and a Diamond Jubilee tea party with a punk twist.
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It may be the jubilee this weekend, but this year’s Upfest’s approach to God Save The Queen is more Johnny Rotten than Elizabeth Windsor.
Now in its fifth year, Upfest is billed as “Europe’s largest urban art festival”.
Descending on the south of Bristol for three days artists will paint live more than 20,000 square feet of artwork.
In the process the event will raise funds for charity the National Association for Children of Alcoholics (Nacoa).
There are also galleries from www.bedminsterpeople.co.uk which you can see here.
The festival runs until Monday.
Thinking of heading down there? Check the weather forecast in Bristol for today.