Leicester “Brings the Paint” in international street art festival

Bring The Paint is an award-winning international street art festival established in 2017, featuring artists from all over the world. The festival will transform the city into a canvas for large-scale street art. Leicester city mayor Sir Peter Soulsby expressed joy upon its return. More than fifty artists from diverse ethnic, cultural, and national backgrounds come together to showcase a wide array of cross-media talent that includes live artworks, breakdancing, BMX, skateboarding, and even music exhibitions. It even contains digital artwork through VR.

Bring The Paint takes place in Leicester City, starting on Monday 23 May through Sunday 29 May. However, with the most significant events, the primary festival day is Saturday, 28 May. This is the third time the festival has been brought to Leicester.

Among the artists that will be participating in the event, Bring The Paint has an extensive lineup including Spanish artist Core, Italian lettering street artist Brus, London-based painter and street artist Inkie, and many other street artists from Bristol, Poland, Germany, Belgium, Portugal, Nottingham, Switzerland and more.

The main activity is the “Paint to Pixel” VR exhibition, which runs from the beginning of the festival to its end. Every day, from 12-5 PM, artists will chart the history of UK graffiti using original artworks and provide interviews and archive materials. 

Bring The Paint will feature an Oculus Rift headset to experience the VR gallery, fusing physical street art with digital street art for one unique art experience. 

One of the major highlights of the physical-digital street art fusion is the Whizwall activity, showcasing the eponymous AR graffiti app that’s easy to paint by moving your phone through the air as a spray can.

A street art walking tour will be organized on Thursday, 26 May, showcasing exciting artworks explained by local experts. BSL interpretation is also included in the tours. 

An alternative cycling tour will be available from 26 May, 13:00 to 27 May, 15:00, providing participants with the chance to witness live street art and even chat with the artist directly. Santander bikes will be provided for all those 14 and over, which you can book here

Out of Joint Records will be performing a take over in the Mill for a one-day session on Friday, 27 May. They are a Leicester-based vinyl record shop specializing in house, techno, reggae, avant-garde, jungle, dubstep, and soul music. You can also book Friday tickets for the famous LCB Street Food night, where everyone’s free to roam and experience a mix of street food vendors and drinks from their courtyard bar, music from guest DJs, and live comedy.

The festival will provide participating local and international street artists a platform to showcase some of their best digital and physical work in Bring The Paint’s biggest edition. It’s estimated that it’ll bring at least 10,000 visitors to Leicester.

Learn more about Bring The Paint here.

Words by Sebastian Caledron.


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