Brisbestfest is an exciting new “mini-fest” celebrating Brisbane’s vibrant urban arts scene with a day of live graffiti, hip hop & soul music, street food, a stunning art exhibition and more. The event kicks off at 2pm and runs until 8pm on 29 June at Loading Dock Café and adjoining car park, West End.
The block-party style event will feature music from The Optimen, Bankrupt Billionaires, Desmond Cheese, DJ Butcher, MKO, Rainman, Samedi Sound System and more, plus an exclusive “Brisbane-themed” group exhibition and live, large-scale mural art from Fintan Magee, Cezary Stulgis, Ellen Stapleton, David Don, Guido van Helten, Treaz, Sam Hillcoat, Magnus McTavish, Elana Mullaly, Ankia Lister, Drapl and other world-class local talent. There will also be a boutique beer and wine bar with all profits being donated to Brisbane Youth Service – a vital community service supporting Brisbane’s homeless and at risk youth.
What started as a group of artists seeking to paint the perfect inner-city wall has quickly transformed into a big event involving some of Brisbane’s most celebrated talent. Co-promoter Kel Timmons says, “Brisbane breeds some of the best musicians and artists in the world. Most leave eventually, but those who persist will tell you it’s because of the extraordinary people this city breeds and the undercurrent of raw creativity and social conscious Brisbane is world-famous for. This event is basically an excuse to show off this amazing talent, raise money for charity, and throw a mad party in Brisbane’s glorious winter sun!”
Several Brisbestfest artists fly to Copenhagen just days after the event where they have been commissioned to paint a 100mtr wall at Roskilde Festival. Other exhibiting artists have also been making waves internationally. Award-winning artist Ellen Stapleton has returned to Brisbane (temporarily) after recent exhibitions in Amsterdam and Barcelona where she received accolades for her profoundly beautiful work. Large-scale muralists Fintan Magee and Guido van Helten are also being praised for their impressive murals which are splashed all over the world – from Iceland to Los Angeles. Google any Brisbestfest artist and you will be inundated with hundreds of incredible images from amazing artists we can proudly call our own.
Brisbestfest provides a platform for our world-class talent to perform and exhibit in their hometown. It draws an import view of street culture and our city’s identity and celebrates Brisbane’s exceptionally talented and passionate street artists and hip-hop, soul & roots musicians.
Brisbestfest is an all ages event and kicks off at 2pm until 8pm on 29 June at 2 Edmonstone St., West End (adjacent to Coles). Tickets are available through moshtix.com.au or on the door from just $10 +bf.
Where: Loading Dock Café / ARIA building car park, 2 Edmonstone Street, West End
When: 29 June 2013 from 2pm to 8pm (Exhibition runs until 6 July)
See also www.brisbestfest.com