NI’s biggest street art festival ‘Hit the North’ returns to Belfast

ByJames I. Robertson

Apr 18, 2022

Artists from Belfast’s vibrant street art scene have come together to launch Ireland’s biggest street art festival.

The 2022 “Hit the North” street art festival, supported by Hennessy, returns with a bang in its May bank holiday weekend after two years of more intimate festivals.

For the first time since 2019, Belfast will welcome international artists traveling to Northern Ireland to take part in a “paint jam” on Kent Street on Sunday May 1.

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An innovative new program has also been unveiled as part of the festival roster, giving audiences more opportunities to meet the artists behind the art and hear the stories behind their creation.

Events include an artist show at Vault Studios, an evening live sketching event, and walking tours of the city, focusing on food and street art.

Adam Turkington, director of Seedhead Arts who has has been organizing the festival for almost a decade, says this year’s launch was particularly special as it was the first time in two years that artists could come together to paint and celebrate the launch of the festival.

He said: “It’s great to bring together so many of our leading local artists again to help shine a light on Northern Ireland’s urban culture as we unveil another busy festival schedule.

“Hennessy, Arts and Business and Belfast City Council in particular have provided the kind of support without which we simply would not be able to run the festival. With the Festival of Fools and Cathedral Arts Festival preparing to new with events, it’s set to be an outstanding weekend of street culture and contemporary arts.

“Above all, we are striving to rekindle all the relationships and friendships we have lost over the past two years, and of course to make new ones. We can’t wait!”

Hennessy, which has supported HTN since 2020, describes the festival as an important showcase for innovation and inclusion.

Sarah Harvey, Head of Brand Hennessy, added: “Art has the power to motivate, inspire change and represent diversity, as well as bringing joy and pride to people here in Belfast. , so we are extremely proud to be a key supporter of the festival.

“Hennessy has a long history of partnership and support with artists and innovators and we look forward to seeing the spectacular range of murals created by this year’s artists across a diverse range of styles and techniques.”

For more information on the 2022 “Hit the North” Street Art Festival, visit: https://www.seedheadarts.com/street-art/htn22

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