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Oi You! Urban Art Festival 2013

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Urban Art by Banksy


Street Art has an enormous worldwide following these days, and not just from younger people.

There is a recognition that good quality street art enhances the streetscape particularly in areas that would lack interest otherwise.

Stencils, paste ups, yarn bombing and other forms of street art are increasingly being accepted (and even sought after) by the public.

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Icarus Flies High Over Hindley St


Here in Adelaide there is a strong and active community of street artists, who receive some support from Adelaide City Council and bodies such as Arts SA.

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Einstein Rides high Over King William St


Adelaide born street artist Peter Drew has captured attention world wide for some of his imagery. I loved his novel collection of images of criminals which he posted around Adelaide.

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Image Courtesy Oxyman & Wikimedia Commons


But on the world wide stage the pseudonymous UK based Banksy has captured imaginations everywhere with his brilliant and satirical imagery. His audacious exploits have included painting an image three stories high inside a security fence, in an area that was monitored by CCTV.

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An Irreverent Portrait by Banksy


The Adelaide City Council (ACC) have previously sponsored a number of murals about Adelaide, and have also made available spaces for local artists to showcase their work.

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A Work in Progress - Local Artist Matt Stuckey


The ACC's latest project has created intense interest in the Adelaide art community though - they are sponsoring the Oi You! Urban Art Festival in association with the state government and the Adelaide Festival Centre.

The Festival will bring 22 pieces of Banksy's urban art to Adelaide, together with works from some of the world's leading urban art megastars. Think names like Faile (USA), Swoon (USA), Antony Micallef (UK), David Choe (USA), Paul Insect (UK) and the Milton Springsteen (NZ).

While the main attraction will be the exhibition of the featured artists at the Artspace Gallery in the Festival Centre, Oi You! will feature a special, purpose-built annex that will house the Scrawl Wall a place for budding local street artists to show off their talents.

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Banksy - Radar Rat


The Oi You! Festival Opening Night Party on Friday 19 April will give art lovers a glimpse of the exhibition before it opens to the general public. It will feature talks from some of the artists as well as a DJ set from local electronic artist Oisima.

In addition to the main exhibition look out for these associated events:

The Great $5000 Art Giveaway will take place on 27 and 28 April from 10am until 4pm. There will be 38 works of art and 38 corresponding tokens. Over the two days, the tokens will be hidden across the Adelaide Festival Centre Plaza find a token and walk away with a free piece of art.

Big Walls Adelaide Tours will take punters to the best sites of urban art around the city, led by the street artists themselves. These free tours will leave from the Festival Centre Plaza at 6pm on 3 May, and 11.30am and 4pm on 4 May.

A Street Art Film Night will be held in the Space Theatre Foyer on 10 May, and will feature screenings of locally produced documentary Who Owns The Street, as well as the Academy Award-nominated Banksy film Exit Through The Gift Shop. The bar opens at 5pm and the screening kicks off at 5.45pm.

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Oi You! Poster


For all the latest news on the Oi You! Urban Art Festival, like their Facebook page. The Festival is also supported by Longview Wines and Fresh FM.

See here for more examples of Adelaide street art, mostly in urban exploration locations. Here are many other articles about urban exploring in Adelaide
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Why? Liven up the streets
When: Monday: Closed; Tuesday - Friday: 12noon - 6pm; Saturday: 10am - 6pm Sunday: 12noon - 4pm
Where: Adelaide Festival Centre, King William Rd, Adelaide
Cost: Optional donation
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Another perspective on how Oi You was started makes an interesting read. Check it out here: http://soundpond.net/oi-you-stuckey/
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