Gearing up for another massive round of street art events and installations, the annual Brisbane Street Art Festival is returning to Brisbane for 2021—and holy hell, is this year a biggun’.
A hand-picked line up of the world’s most acclaimed street artists, alongside Australia’s cream of the crop are set to descend upon our fair city from 1–16 May. And, yeah, they’ve got BIG plans.
Even without the incredible lineup of events, workshops, laneway pop-ups and exhibitions that make BSAF one of the most highly anticipated festivals in the Brisbane art scene’s social calendar, in 2021 Brisbane is set to acquire 40 brand new artworks to be executed during the festival. Locations for the large-scale new works include Bowen Hills, Springfield Lakes, Woolloongabba, South Bank, Fortitude Valley and the CBD, to name a few, and you can go and watch the artists at work during the festival, as well as see the finished piece.
Events will be taking place all across the city for two weeks straight, meaning there’s plenty to see and do during BSAF 2021. One of the highlights of this year’s festival will be ‘Within These Walls’, a huge fortnight-long exhibition that will be open throughout the festival at Superordinary in the CBD, featuring works from a heap of local artists that you can actually buy. There’s also laneway parties, fashion shows, workshops, artist talks and even art and sip nights, some free, some ticketed.
Festival Director, Lincoln Savage, said he is proud to be presenting the festival amidst continuing difficulties from COVID-19 and after the cancellation of so many events in 2020—including BSAF, which was forced to go virtual last year.
“I’m grateful to be able to provide opportunities for emerging and established artists through collaboration with venues, festivals and corporate partners,” Savage said.
“We seek to support artistic freedom of expression and voice, which we believe enriches the built environment and social fabric of our city. We are looking forward to presenting one of the first large-scale festivals since COVID-19 and welcome Brisbane residents to hit the streets and explore the public art program,” he said.
Gear up Brissy, this BSAF is going to be huge—and you’re not gonna want to miss one second. Get all the details plus the full program of supporting events here.
Image credit: Supplied (mural by Scott Nagy)