Upfest teams up with Ashton Gate Stadium to create the largest festival zone
This year, Upfest is teaming up with Ashton Gate to bring more than 100 artists to the stadium, creating a brand new area for the festival and the largest collection of live painting at the event.
Taking place from Saturday 29th – Monday 31st July, Ashton Gate will be the biggest area at the festival with more than 100 artists painting live, inside and outside of stadium. The venue will also host the longest painting surface for the festival to date with 50 artists painting on a 200m stretch, alongside a New York Style Subway Train, live entertainment, a plethora of children’s workshops and an art fair area featuring hundreds of pieces of affordable art and exclusive prints from a selection of festival artists.
The youngsters are invited to let their imaginations run wild with Morph making workshops (Sunday 30th) in association with Aardman to celebrate Morph’s 40th birthday as well as craft areas hosted by NACOA, rainbow coloured bubbles from Bubbleologists ArtRainbow, Gecko alongside colour and chemistry with volunteers from the Royal Society of Chemistry.
Other key highlights for kids across the festival include creating Bordeaux themed cardboard medals and shadow puppets with Colourful Minds, experiment, play and create with Creation Station and Rock Guitar workshop with Bedminster based Lets Make Art.
Stephen Hayles, co-founder Upfest festival and gallery explains:
“We’re excited to be teaming up with Ashton Gate and extending the festival to bring the biggest collection of artists, entertainment and kids activities to stadium.”
“Ashton Gate is the biggest venue in Bedminster and as the festival gets bigger each year, it’s great to be partnering with our neighbours to extend the festival and introduce more space for artists and visitors.”
Mark Kelly, Ashton Gate Stadium chief of operations said:
“We’re delighted to be partnering with Upfest this year. It is a great Bristol event and one that we have been keen to get involved with.
“Now that the rebuild is complete we look forward to being able to welcome artists and families to the stadium and enjoy one of Europe’s largest street art festivals ahead of the 2017/18 football and rugby seasons.”
For more information visit the festival’s website www.upfest.co.uk or keep up to date on social media by following @Upfest on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram.
Last year, Upfest attracted 300 artists from more than 40 countries and around 40,000 visitors to Bedminster to enjoy the street art, affordable art sales, music stages, live performances and a chance to meet some of the world’s most famous urban artists
Upfest 2017 promises to be the brightest and best yet as the world renowned festival with a jam-packed line-up of artistic talent from across the globe. This year’s artist line-up features hundreds of talented artists from over 50 countries including festival artists Pahnl, Brazilian mural artist Kobra, Buff Monster (New York), Portugal’s Pantonio, Eelus (Brighton), Nomad Clan (Manchester), Filthy Luker (Bristol), Will Barras (Birmingham) Xens (Hull) and Bristol legends Cheo, Cheba, Inkie, Jody and Voyder, who’ll be painting alongside the other 350 amazing artists.
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.