Southend is gearing up for a three-day street art festival

ByJames I. Robertson

Jul 2, 2022

THE town of Southend will be filled with ‘life and colour’ when a new street art event arrives later this year.

Southend City Jam will take to the streets of Southend in September to celebrate some of the area’s top performers.

Plans include epic large-scale street art paintings on buildings across the city, as well as workshops, live art and music.

Sarah Boundy, 47, from Eastwood, said her two daughters, aged nine and 14, would love the event and hope it brings energy to Southend.

She said: “I think it will be amazing.

“The event will bring life and color to Southend.

Making Waves – Created by Scotty Brave in Southend

“I love street art and it’s mostly something you associate with seeing London or other big cities, so having that in Southend is very exciting.

“I will definitely check this out, and my kids will love it too!

“It’s a step in the right direction for Southend to uplift the town and bring people back to the high street.

“Hopefully with the street-art aspect it will also attract a lot of young people, show them what Southend is all about and really benefit businesses.”

The festival is due to run from September 2-4 and will see the waterfront host to a number of artists presenting live exhibitions that will show visitors how they produce their work.

Southend-based Pigs Bay Distillery, which produces premium spirits and liqueurs, has been announced as the new sponsor of the grand three-day festival.

Owner Dale Smith said: “We are delighted to be part of Southend City Jam.

“Street art is a fantastic art form, and this free event is set to draw thousands of visitors to the city centre, giving businesses a much-needed boost.

“As a company, we are proud of our city and thrilled to be part of such an innovative event.”

Southend City Jam aims to build on last year’s ‘Making Waves’ event.

Making Waves - Being created by Dan Kitchener

Making Waves – Being created by Dan Kitchener

Southend Tourism Councilor Carole Mulroney added: “I can’t wait to see what artwork will be created during the festival.

“It’s wonderful to see businesses join us in supporting such a popular and innovative event in the city.”

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