The third annual Darwin Street Art Festival leaves a colourful mark

The third annual Darwin Street Art Festival leaves a colourful mark

The Darwin Street Art Festival enveloped the Northern capital this September (2019) for its third and biggest year yet. The festival invited 20 talented local, interstate and international artists to complete 15 original murals over 10 days from September 5 to 15 (2019) across the Darwin CBD.

Since the inaugural festival in 2017, the Darwin Street Art Festival has reshaped the previously unadorned Darwin CBD with 41 powerful murals, some of which are among the country’s biggest at ten storeys high. The Darwin Street Art Festival provides a unique platform for Territory stories to be told in a bold and colourful format that leaves a permanent mark on the CBD. The works cover a diverse range of subject matter, notably stories and issues facing the northern territory today, including, famed Territorians, social and environmental issues and more, leading onlookers to reflect deeply about the beauty of the Territory and issues affecting the top end and wider nation.

The 2019 Street Art Festival saw thousands of Territorians as well as interstate and international visitors make their way through the Darwin CBD to view this year’s (2019) lively additions to the cityscape. Renowned international artists, Vexx from Brussels, Belgium and Odeith from Lisbon, Portugal, completed highly anticipated murals at this year’s (2019) festival, both taking inspiration from Australian fauna and combining this with their own distinct graphic styles.

The introduction of the Darwin Street Art Festival app brought augmented reality to three of the key murals from previous years. An interactive map allowed visitors to follow the murals around the city with information on each artist. Three key murals have been animated within the app, brought to life by viewing them through a smartphone camera. The 3D moving murals were a huge hit with visitors at this year’s (2019) festival.

“We were thrilled to present our biggest festival yet this September (2019). Over the past three years we have curated 41 murals across Darwin, which has reshaped the cityscape and brought art and territory stories to the forefront of our city’s laneways,” said David Collins, Festival Curator.

The Darwin Street Art Festival is proudly presented by the Northern Territory Government with support from Apparition Media, Proper Creative, MTN, Haymes, Darwin International Airport, Ramada Suites Zen Quarter & Access Hire Australia

Source: Darwin Street Art Festival