Bedminster was buzzing! As far as the eye could see, colourful creations were taking place!
Upfest Europe’s largest live Urban Paint Festival welcomed over 250 Graffiti and Street Artists along North Street, and at various venues across Southville. Upfest started in 2008 with just 50 UK artists at the Tobacco Factory, and has increased year on year in size and popularity. It is now covered by local television stations and is recognised by The Uk’s Art Council who support the festival with a grant to allow it to grow. The Art Council also made The Subway Train parked in Greville Road a reality. These artists paint, etch, inscribe, draw and spray for free together with the bands, DJ’s, B-Boys and Beatboxers who also give up their time and skills for the festival.
NACOA – The National Association for Children of Alcoholics – (who were volunteer marshalls at the festival) are Upfest’s nominated charity. The festival is used as a platform for NACOA not only to raise funds, but to raise awareness of the work they do addressing the problems that children face growing up with parents who suffer from alcoholism.
Watching Herakut (two extraordinary German artists Hera and Akut) working together on the wall was simply stunning.
Upfest, thank you. Your festival is unique and utterly amazing.
NACOA www.nacoa.org.uk Confidential Helpline 0800 358 3456