GraFFFest 2013 International Graffiti Art-Forum in St Petersburg

The Third International graFFFest Art-Forum – which takes in both street art and digital art – takes place in St Petersburg from 1 to 20 July 2013. On the programme are the creation of the tallest art object in the world (at the Krasnoe Znamya Cultural Centre), and an “Multi-Bridge” from St Petersburg to Amsterdam on the night of 19–20 July.

An unbelievable spectacle lies in store for Petersburgers and out-of-town attendees. The “Multi-Bridge” will make a live simultaneous link-up from the raised Trinity Drawbridge in St Petersburg and famous Magere Brug, or “Skinny Bridge” over Amsterdam's Amstel River. The animation-bridge will link St Petersburg to Amsterdam! A huge video screen, 400 square meters in size, will show the top animation films from “Life In The Big City” as part of the Multivision Festival, and its Amsterdam partner the KLIK! Festival.

Festival-goers will also enjoy the premiere of a street-art cinema show, and a contest for the best viral video about cats, “Cats On The Bridge” – featuring Youtube and Vimeo clips that have had more than 100,00 views.

“Cats On The Bridge”last year programme. Source: Youtube

The Festival Programme offers:

131 July

“They swapped places”

A street-art museum in the open air – on 3m x 1.8m advertising billboards viewers will see works by contemporary artists in the city centre which are usually confined to art-galleries – while the AL Gallery will have a gallery showing of street artists.

412 July

Graffiti Master-Classes

Normally graFFFest invites major graffiti artists to give free master-classes. This year the master-classes will be given by the Top Eight members of the Dutch graffiti team Lastplak.

1218 July

Celebrating Escher

The Krasnoe Znamya Culture Centre (Bolshaya Raznochinnaya ul, 2) organises graffiti artists from Russia and the Netherlands in painting a large industrial tubular vent as an optical illusion – dedicated to the work of the world-famous Dutch artist Maurits C. Escher (1898-1972). Escher is best-known for his conceptual works in which he explored ideas of infinity, symmetry, and the psychological perception of complex three-dimensional objects. The vent is seventy-five metres high, and its 1500 square metres of surface will become Russia's tallest piece of street-art.

Admission to all the graFFFest events is free – as usual with public art shows. More information about the festival is available (in Russian only) on their website.

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