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Marvel at street art's finest as they coat Benalla in murals
Australia's biggest annual street art event, the Wall to Wall Festival is back and bigger than ever, with some of Australia's, and the world's, most acclaimed street artists covering Benalla's walls with new murals over four days in March.
Taking over the town for the 2018 Labour Day long weekend, Wall to Wall Festival celebrates street art and allows those not in the street art scene a glimpse of how it all goes down.
In addition to being able to simply wander around and marvel at the incredible murals being made before your eyes, the festival includes a jam-packed program of events.
This year's program includes street art tours, twilight tours, workshops, paint by numbers, a lakeside cinema and street art projections. Virtual reality (VR) spray painting will also be showcased at the festival. Artists will don a VR headset and use a virtual spray can to paint something, which will be streamed onto a large projector screen that the audience can see. Definitely sounds interesting!
Cam Scale completing his large-scale mural at last year's Wall to Wall Festival.
I highly recommend taking a tour if you want to learn more about contemporary street art and the different styles, as well as more about the artists themselves. They are led by Melbourne Street Tours and are really interesting. You'll discover so much more, both in terms of actual artworks, with some of them hiding from plain sight, and the processes and meaning behind them.
You can try your own hand at street art by colouring in a few blank spaces on the paint by numbers mural or you can take a workshop in street art, zine making or stencilling. These hands-on workshops are in collaboration with Art and Life Workshop and are taught by industry professionals.
Another addition to this year's Wall to Wall Festival is an outdoor cinema, which will be screening a range of short street art films in the evenings.
Dvate is one of the graffiti artists who will be back in 2018.
The artists taking part in this year's Wall to Wall Festival are: Tim Bowtell
They'll be adding artworks to the sides of buildings of the already extensively covered town. There are over 50 murals from previous festivals.
Something a bit different that will get you out of the city and exploring a new town, as well as new art, Benalla's Wall to Wall Festival is a must-go this Labour Day long weekend, whether just for a day or for an overnight stay.
For both young and old and both alternative and conservative souls, the festival brings the community together under colourful, incredible artwork, necks craned upwards and smiles wide and abundant.