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Week-long Joburg street art festival kicks off

October 2nd, 2015
The City Of Gold Urban Art Festival 2015 kicks off for the fifth year this weekend. The idea of the festival is to assist with growth of the local street art community by establishing Johannesburg as a destination for urban artists from around the world.
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The City Of Gold Urban Art Festival 2015, the 5th edition of this landmark Johannesburg event, kicks off this weekend.

The aim of City Of Gold is to assist the growth of the local street art community by establishing Johannesburg as a destination for urban artists from around the world. The festival aims to provide a platform for exchange and interaction between local and international artists and gives younger developing artists invaluable inspiration and skills.

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Organised by Grayscale Concepts, the City of Gold Urban Art Festival provides the local scene with cultural and creative exchange, while at the same time adding a beautiful aesthetic to the urban environment, thus playing a crucial role in urban regeneration.

Individual events and mural projects will attempt to activate and enhance public sites in the Johannesburg CBD and highlight the positive aspects of this art form by showcasing the finest in both international and local graffiti. The week long festival includes mural projects spanning the Johannesburg CBD, walking street art tours, and two graffiti exhibitions.

Street art in the making at last year's City of Gold Urban Art Festival. Photo courtesy adaze.co.za, from City of Gold Facebook page.

Street art in the making at last year’s City of Gold Urban Art Festival. Photo courtesy adaze.co.za, from City of Gold Facebook page.

The programme of events includes:

Sunday, 4 October

City of Gold Urban Art Festival 2015 Launch Exhibition opening & live painting in the afternoon.

1pm – 8pm at Bjala (Entrance on Gus Street, Jeppestown)

Walking Tour Jeppestown with Past Experiences

2:30 – 4pm

Monday, 5 October

Mural Day 1

Tuesday, 6 October

Mural Day 2

Wednesday, 7 October

Mural Day 3

Driving Tour for press 10 am – 12pm

Walking Tour Jeppestown with Past Experiences with Past Experiences

2 – 3:30/4pm

Thursday, 8 October

Mural Day 4

Exhibition Opening at Grayscale Gallery

Vivacity, a solo exhibition by Mars

Walking Tour for learners/schools Newtown with Past Experiences

2:30 – 4pm

Walking Tour Braamfontein with Past Experiences finishing at Grayscale Gallery for Mars exhibition opening

6 – 7pm

Friday, 9 October

Mural Day 5

Saturday, 10 October

Final day of the festival

Doodle Day at Bjala 1pm – 8pm

Driving Tour for press 10 am – 12pm

Walking Tour Jeppestown with Past Experiences

2 – 3:30 pm

Closing party on Bjala rooftop afternoon until late

For more information, visit the City Of Gold Festival site at www.cityofgoldfestival.co.za

Facebook: City of Gold page https://www.facebook.com/cityofgoldfestival?fref=ts

Instagram: @cityofgoldfestival

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