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Street Art Festival Guide: Spring Edition 2022

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Street Art Festival Guide:  Spring Edition 2022

 

In February of 2020, Street Art Goods published a street art travel guide, focusing on festivals around the world. One month later, the world went into lockdown and most of these celebrations were canceled. Fast forward to December of 2021 when a new Instagram, Street Art Calls, started posting open calls for artists for the 2022 season, and we realized excitedly — street art festivals are back!! So, Street Art Goods and Street Art Calls have joined forces to bring you a guide to the 2022 street art season. Put on your kicks, throw your backpack over your shoulder and let’s go!!

MARCH 2022

Hong Kong, China: HKwalls
March 19
 March 27
CANCELLED!!
This is a big one that has persevered despite the pandemic. They—Hkwalls is both a festival and an entity—cancelled their festival in 2020, but returned in full force in 2021. Not much can be found about their programming for the 2022 festival, but they’ve posted about it on Instagram, so it must be happening! Follow HKwalls on Instagram: @hkwalls. And learn more about the festival here.
Phoenix, Arizona, USA: Oak Street Alley Mural Festival
March 19
This is a genuine homegrown affair which owes its success and duration to a sustained effort on the part of the local community, and especially local booster, Phil Freedom. The day-long affair features live painting and lots of performances. Follow Oak Street Alley Mural Festival on Instagram: @muralsofphoenix. And learn more about the festival here.
Ostend, Belgium: The Crystal Ship
March 28
 April 9
Though it only dates to 2016, this festival has lured some of the biggest street art talent in the world to this small coastal city. Bjørn Van Poucke refers to himself as the Captain of The Crystal Ship and he has definitely steered in the right direction! Follow The Crystal Ship on Instagram: @thecrystalshipoostende. And learn more about the festival here.

APRIL 2022

Strasbourg, France: Colors Corner #2
April 2 – April 24
The Rhénus Sport arena in Strasbourg is coming down! But before it does, Colors Corner #2 will pull an intervention and cover the walls with art. The event is billed as taking place every Sunday in April (live painting maybe?), with an opening party on the evening of the 2nd. Follow Colors Corner #2 on Instagram: @colors_urban_art. And learn more about the intervention here.

Perth, Australia: No More Blank Walls
April 8 – April 16
NEW festival!! This one comes at you from Blank Walls, the brainchild of Jerome Davenport, Will Clark and Alex Harvey. They were friends first and sealed their bond over their shared love of graffiti culture and street art. Now they’re bringing you a rad new festival, with loads of programming. Follow No More Blank Walls on Instagram: @nomoreblankwalls. And learn more about the festival here.

Patras, Greece: International Street Art Festival Patras
Mid April October
Also known as Artwalk 7, this festival was started in 2014 by Art in Progress, a local cultural nonprofit. Since then, the accumulation of large scale murals has completely altered the urban landscape of Greece’s third-largest city. Follow International Street Art Festival Patras on Instagram: @artwalk_festival. And learn more about the festival here.

Jasper, Alberta, CA: UpLift! Jasper Mural Festival
April 23 – May 8
NEW festival!! In this neck of the woods, nature is the star: Jasper is the town at the gateway to Jasper National Park in the Canadian Rockies. Two local friends, Logan Ireland and Oliver Andrew, are determined to paint the town multi-color in homage to its spectacular surroundings. Follow UpLift! Jasper Mural Festival on Instagram: @uplift.fest.jasper. And learn more about the festival here.

Penelles, Spain: Gargar Mural and Rural Art Festival
April 29
 May 1

This marks the 7th edition of this festival which was started by local design firm Binomic. This tiny Catalunya village, with fewer than 500 residents, already contains over 100 murals! Event programming includes workshops, music and food trucks. Follow Gargar Mural and Rural Art Festival on Instagram: @gargarfestival. And learn more about the festival here.

Miami, Oklahoma, USA: Mural Fest 66
April 30
In 2021 Oklahoma City was named the “Best City for Street Art” by USA Today readers. That’s largely due to the efforts of friends Brandi Guthery, Dylan Bradway and Kristopher Kanaly who launched the Oklahoma Mural Syndicate in 2015. Their success in OKC has led to projects across the state, including Mural Fest 66. Follow Mural Fest 66 on Instagram: @plazawalls. And learn more about the festival here.

San Jose, California, US: SJ Walls
April 30 – May 8
Formerly known as POW! WOW! San Jose (yes, that worldwide juggernaut), this 6th edition of the festival will continue to add walls to the Guadalupe River Art Walk, in a bid to create the Bay Area’s longest public art corridor. Live painting every day! Follow SJ Walls on Instagram: @sanjosewalls. And learn more about the festival here.

MAY 2022

Slagelse, Denmark: Slagelse Street Art Festival
May 5 – May 7
While the pandemic ground on in 2021, an enterprising group of Slagelse cultural entities came together to launch a street art festival in May. Featuring mostly Danish artists, who were stoked to be out painting in public again, it was a huge success. So they’re back this year to do it again! Follow Slagelse Street Art Festival on Instagram: @slagelse_streetart_festival. And learn more about the festival here.

Brisbane, Australia: Brisbane Street Art Festival
May 7 May 22

Brisbane is certainly making a mark on the international street art scene because of this festival. The upcoming 7th edition—they canceled in 2020 because Covid—promises to be a bombass party with live painting and tons of event programming. Follow Brisbane Street Art Festival on Instagram: @bsafest. And learn more about the festival here.

Sacramento, California, USA: Wide Open Walls
May 12 – May 22

This scrappy festival managed to pull it off in September 2020, despite the pandemic (AND thick wildfire smoke in the air), by featuring local artists and curtailing big events in favor of smaller outdoor mural tours. This year they’re returning in May, rather than their typical late summer slot. Follow Wide Open Walls on Instagram: @wideopenwalls. And learn more about the festival here.

Paris, France: Urban Art Fair
May 12 – May 15
As the name implies, this is not really a festival, though it does have a bunch of event programming which makes it more festive. But if you want to shop for studio pieces by top street art talent, this is your jam. Galleries from all over the world turn up to exhibit the artists they represent. Follow Urban Art Fair on Instagram: @urbanartfair. And learn more about the fair here.

South Salt Lake, Utah, USA: Mural Fest
May 14
A relative newcomer (2018), Mural Fest is responsible for creating the largest collection of street art in the state of Utah. Simultaneously, it transformed what had been a neighborhood filled with bland-looking warehouses. Follow Mural Fest on Instagram: @themuralfest. And learn more about the festival here.

Leicester, United Kingdom: Bring the Paint
May 23 – May 29
The brainchild of Graffwerk, Bring the Paint bills itself as a graffiti festival, but solidly features street artists as well. Event programming looks dope this year: skateboard demos, a DJ workshop and cycling tours, to name a few. Follow Bring the Paint on Instagram: @bring_the_paint. And learn more about the festival here.

Karanganyar, Indonesia: Meeting of Styles Indonesia
May 27 – May 29
NEW festival!! Born of a love of graffiti in 1997 in Germany, Meeting of Styles has been hosting events around the world ever since. This is their first shindig in Indonesia. Follow MOS Indonesia’s hashtag on Instagram: #mosindonesia. And learn more about the festival here.

Grenoble, France: Street Art Fest! Grenoble Alpes
May 27 – June 26
This venerable festival has drawn some of the biggest international names in street art since its inauguration in 2015. Run by SpaceJunk, a collection of art centers founded by former snowboarder Jérome Catz, celebrations include a film festival and live painting the whole time. Follow Street Art Fest! on Instagram: @grenoblestreetartfest. And learn more about the festival here.

Bristol, United Kingdom: Upfest
May 28 – May 29
Painting for Upfest will begin on May 5 and culminates on the weekend of May 28 and 29 with some slammin’ events. This is the grandaddy of European street art festivals, celebrating its 15th anniversary this year. See for yourself why Bristol has become a global street art hub.  Follow Upfest on Instagram: @upfest. And learn more about the festival here.

Santa Barbara, California, USA:
I Madonnari Italian Street Painting Festival
May 28 – May 30
This is not so much a street art festival as an art on the street festival, literally. Every year since 1986(!) artists have gathered to cover the plaza in front of Santa Barbara’s 18th century Spanish mission in chalk pastels. The practice dates back to the Madonnari (painters of the Madonna) of 16th century Italy. Follow I Madonnari on Instagram: @imadonnarisb. And learn more about the festival here.

Port-de-Bouc, France: Les Nouveaux Ateliers
May 30 – June 4
Against all odds, this small but ambitious festival launched in 2020. Kudos! Founded by Lartmada, a graffiti collective based in Marseille, Les Nouveaux Ateliers has transformed this former shipbuilding city in southern France. Follow Les Nouveaux Ateliers on Instagram: @festival_lesnouveauxateliers. And learn more about the festival here.