Exciting news for everyone who enjoys a bit of street art. Next year will see the first ever London Mural Festival.
London has long been a thriving centre of street art, but has lacked the kind of large-scale festival that other big cities enjoy.
London Mural Festival hopes to redress that. The event, set for September 2020, will see at least 20 large-scale murals painted across the city.
Meanwhile, hubs at Hackney Wick and Here East will tap into local creative communities, with talks, workshops, film screenings, gallery shows and street art tours. The festival will culminate with more than 100 artists painting alongside live music, DJs and a series of parties.
To celebrate the announcement, artist Gary Stranger has painted this giant mural in Canning Town.
Said to be one of the largest murals in the city, the typographic art can be found in Linkcity's Hallsville Quarter.
Gary Stranger commented:
I'm excited for the London Mural Festival. The team behind it are working hard to make it happen, so now London can take its rightful place on the stage of global mural festivals. This is the first wall of many I'm hoping to see pop-up across the city ahead of the London Mural Festival in September 2020.
The 1st London Mural Festival is organised by Global Street Art, whose vast list of projects includes brightening up a Kilburn estate, launching a local street art festival (with Londonist) in Brockley, painting up the entire facade of a Shoreditch telecom building, and more than 1,000 other murals across the city.
London Mural Festival will run 1-13 September 2020, and we'll have more coverage nearer the time. Images courtesy of Global Street Art.