Many of us grow up thinking that you can be arty or sporty, but rarely both – which is why it’s so inspiring to see Bristol Sport at Ashton Gate Stadium start to merge the two by hosting part of Upfest this year.
Upfest, one of the cities favourite annual events which sees artists take to the streets of Bedminster for one weekend only, will involve over 300 artists from graffiti to street art across Bristol. One hundred in particular will be congregating at the impressively updated Ashton Gate stadium from July 29th to 31st to celebrate the variety of creativity that we enjoy in Bristol.
The co-founder of Upfest, Stephen Hayles, has said:
“We’re excited to be teaming up with Ashton Gate and extending the festival to bring the biggest collection of artists, entertainment and kids activities to stadium.”
This is Europe’s largest street art festival and there will be plenty of activities for people of all ages, with the emphasis on a family feeling bringing the true festival vibe. There’ll even be some Bristolians, from Cheba to Cheo, Inkie to Voyder, and Jodie to Filthy Luker. The streets of Bristol will be absolutely packed throughout the entire weekend, and if previous years are anything to go by, the buzz will be electric!
Ashton Gate is pushing the boat out by creating the festival’s longest painting surface: it’ll be around 200 metres long, and around fifty artists will work on it. The investment that Ashton Gate Stadium and Bristol Sport have poured into the venue will definitely pay off, as thousands can come and enjoy the fantastic atmosphere.
If you want to get involved in Upfest, want to learn more, or have some questions, then head here – and keep an eye out for the OggaDoon team!