July 2018

by Nina Bendukidze

Upfest 2018, Europe’s largest, free, street art & graffiti festival, attracting over 400 artists painting 50 venues throughout Bedminster & Southville in Bristol took place from 28th to 30th July.  Talented artists travel from 70 countries and across the UK arrived to Bristol to paint live on 60,000sqft of surfaces in front of 50,000 visitors. The affordable art sale, music stages and art workshops round off a visually spectacular weekend. 

Three Tbilisi based artists were selected from 15 Georgian applications to take part in this year's UpFest urban art festival: Dr Love (Bacha Khoperia), Tknaizer (Oto Tsagareishvili) and Tamoonz (Tamuna Tsakhnakia). Tamoonz was invited to paint four collaborative pieces with three other artists in a one hour time frame and her work was later auctioned.

Bristol International Twinning Association (BITA) and its coordinator Alix Hughes organised a meeting at the Hen and Chicken pub, North Str, with street art artists from Bristol twinning cities - Tbilisi (Dr Love), Bordeaux ( Lady JDay) and Hannover (Stefan Hoch)Bristol’s twin city since 1947, set up as part of getting to know our enemies and making friends with them to avoid another conflict. Dr. Love participated in UpFests for third time, Lady Jday, who is currently living and working in New York, came to Bristol for second time and Stefan Hoch for first time.  The one hour session was facilitated by Richard Jones. Richard Jones runs Tangent Books, a Bristol publisher specialising in counter culture. Tangent’s street art titles include Banksy’s Bristol, The Banksy Q, Children Of The Can, and Upfest Vol 1 and Vol 2

Two Street Art Artists from Bristol Andrew Burns Colwill and Rosie McLay were invited during UpFest to participate in the Exhibition "Unity in Diversity. Bristol & Tbilisi: 1988 - 2018" in September - October  in Tbilisi History Museum, organised by Bristol Tbilisi Association to celebrate the 30th anniversary of twinning link between two cities. All three Georgian artists will be taking part in this exhibition as well. 

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