The city’s first High Vis Fest -a street culture extravaganza taking place in The Custard Factory – starts tomorrow, with intense preparations taking place for months.
The one-day urban festival is uniquely bringing together the worlds of comic book artists and heroes with street artists and urban music talent, all in and around the popular Digbeth venue.
While initial preparations have been on the down-low, these last few weeks have seen a very visible flurry of action along Digbeth’s High Street, a popular home for the city’s graffiti and visual art connoisseurs.
With local street artist PHILTH and several other high-profile creatives having already spent much of last week designing some stunning wall art in the area, many of them will be returning over the weekend to engage with the public, as they develop some special pieces to tie-in with the festival.
This week also saw a massive mural of Spider-Man appear in Heath Mill Lane car park, to mark the launch of the PlayStation 4 game released internationally today. The painstaking creation is the work of London-based artist Jim Vision.
This explosion of artistic creativity will be showcasing alongside music, comic book culture and dance, as part of the city’s first-ever High Vis Fest.
What is the High Vis Festival?
High Vis Fest is a brand new one-day street art, dance, music and comics, exploding across The Custard Factory and Zellig complex on Saturday 8th September, from 11am till 9pm, before moving onto The Ruin for the official after party.
In what promises to be a vibrant, energetic showcase of the best and brightest of Birmingham’s arts community. A small group of local artists, bloggers and educationalists have come together to put on a free, family-friendly event with the hopes of make it an annual affair.
Already booked are established, internationally renowned artists such as Gent 48, Will Barras, and POSCA UK ambassador ThatBlokeWilson repping the street arts; with musical guest Lady Sanity headlining the High Vis Music Stage!
And this is just the tip of the iceberg, with over 40 artists confirmed and painting throughout the day. Also, along for the day is street artist sensation Foka Wolf, bringing his own brand of socially conscious art to the day.
Along with dance battles, rap battles, food stalls and Sneaker Hawks bringing their flyest footwear with them on the day, the organisers – all voluntarily juggling this with day jobs – hope that it will be an event to remember and enjoyed by as many Brummies as possible. Keeping it fun, family-friendly and free.
Keeping attendees entertained throughout the day, the High Vis Fest Crew have promised workshops, drawing areas, live music, live drawing and a special showing of Spike Lees’ new critically acclaimed film, BlacKkKlansman, courtesy of Afroflux and The Mockingbird Cinema at the Custard Factory.
Curated by volunteers and funded through a Kickstarter campaign – of which the Spider-Man mural was a reward – High Vis Fest is the brainchild of a team which includes David ‘Panda’ Brown, the owner of GraffitiArtist.com and one of the director’s of B-Side Hip Hop Festival.
Joining him in the endeavour is musician, comic connoisseur and Afrofuturist Juice Aleem, David ‘Footloose’ Russell of Break Mission, renowned street artist Simon ‘Wingy’ Wingfield from Getting Dirty Apparel, illustrator and educator Craig Earp, street artist and graphic designer Dan “Mose 78″ Lloyd; and comic book journalist and street art enthusiast Olly MacNamee.
Who’s on the line-up?
Here’s some photos of the blood, sweat and tears behind High Vis Fest:
Watch artist and High Vis Fest organiser Craig Earp talk about the festival:
High Vis Festwill be exploding across The Custard Factory complex on Saturday 8th September, from 11am till 9pm, before moving onto The Ruin for the official after party.
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