Art

Did you know Bristol is home to the most amazing graffiti in the world?

Bristol has a population of barely half a million people, yet it’s home to some of the most influential cultural trends in all of Europe.

Birthplace of trip hop and Bansky, the coastal city is also the host to probably the biggest street art festival in the world.

Upfest is held annually in July in more than 30 venues all over the city. Completely free of charge, spectators can watch the best graffiti artists in the world create spectacular works of all sizes while diverse musical acts perform.

Bars, restaurants and local shops also hop on the celebration train with special offers and unique activities.

This year’s live painting sessions took place over the last weekend of July, with Monday designated as a day to digest and view the finished pieces.

Notably, this year saw renowned animation studio Aardman, producer of the fantastic Wallace & Gromit films, among other critical hits, holding a workshop aimed for children. They shared their industry secrets and taught the little ones how to create and morph their own stop motion characters.

Over 350 artists from all around the world participated in this year’s Upfest, with an attendance of nearly 30,000 people. The Ashton Gate venue hosted the festival’s longest painting surface to date, providing an urban canvas of 200 meters long for 50 artists who went absolutely wild.

Every year photographs of drivers stopping in traffic to admire the jaw dropping works go viral.

The 2017 lineup, the ninth since its inauguration in 2008, included lauded street artists Eduardo Kobra, Jody Thomas, Cheo, Buff Monster and Birmingham duo Pahnl with packed crowds despite the rain and cold weather.