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.
The 2022 “Hit the North” (HTN) street art festival will return to the city this May bank holiday weekend after two years of more intimate festivals due to the pandemic.
Guests are invited to witness 50 local and international artists creating works of art throughout the day, in what organizers claim is the biggest street art festival on the island of Ireland.
Spectators can expect entertainment, food trucks and refreshments “as they watch the modern murals come to life”.
Adam Turkington, director of Seedhead Arts, which has organized the festival for nearly a decade, said this year’s event is particularly special as it is the first time in two years that artists have been able to paint together.
“It was 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,” he said.
“Hennessy, Arts and Business and Belfast City Council in particular have provided the kind of support without which we simply could not run the festival.
“With the Festival of Fools and the Cathedral Arts Festival gearing up again with events, it will be an exceptional weekend of street culture and contemporary arts. Above all, we strive to rekindle all the connections and friendships that we have lost in the past two years, and of course to make new ones. We can’t wait!”
Hennessy, which has supported the event since 2020, describes the initiative as an important showcase for innovation and inclusion.
Sarah Harvey, Head of Brand Hennessy, said: “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 incredibly 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 ‘Hit the North’ street art festival, visit: https://www.seedheadarts.com/street-art/htn22