More than 100 graffiti artists from across the UK will descend on Cheltenham this weekend for the town’s annual celebration of street art.
Cheltenham Paint Festival, which takes place on September 5 and 6, will offer visitors the chance to see spectacular new murals being brought to life in front of them, from the first brushstroke to the finishing touches.
Headliners including Jody, Snik, Lucas Antics, Dotmasters, Trust Icon, Dank and Inkie, as well as over 100 more artists, will be painting simultaneously in different parts of the town.
The event, which was reportedly visited by Banksy last year, will feature a number of popular street art sites including North Place Car Park, the Honeybourne Line’s two tunnels and four bridges, with a total of 25 locations getting a colourful makeover.
Due to current Covid-19 regulations the festival map will only be available on the festival’s website and social distancing rules will be followed, said a spokesperson.
Andy Dice Davies, director of Cheltenham Paint Festival, said: “We’re delighted to be able to run this year’s festival which has been possible through funding from Cheltenham Borough Council, Cheltenham Borough Homes and The WCD Group.
“With an incredible line up of artists and a host of different locations across the town, we’re certain the festival is going to be a great one.
“This year, in particular, is really important for the artists as many have found much of their work cancelled over the last few months.
“Cheltenham Paint Festival not only offers the public an amazing opportunity to watch these fantastic pieces of street art being created but also supports the artists involved. We can’t wait to welcome the artists and public back to this brilliant event.”
The street art created this weekend will remain on show for a year, giving plenty of residents of Cheltenham and visitors to the town the opportunity to tour the sites.
In May Cheltenham staged a virtual street art event, which involved more than 100 artists.
For more information, including a full list of locations featured in the festival, visit Cheltenham Paint Festival’s website.