July events: Get down to business at Upfest


Europe's largest street art and graffiti festival is now a firmly established part of the Bristol calendar with over 250 artists coming from around the world to take part.

Upfest sees a variety of exciting artists descend on Bristol to paint stunning visual spectacles at venues throughout Southville and Bedminster. Over 30,000 square foot of artwork is produced over the weekend!

Artists paint to a soundtrack of live music at locations including the Tobacco Factory, Hen and Chicken and Redpoint Climbing Centre. Upfest is a family-friendly festival and hundreds of families attend each year – kids can take part in graffiti workshops, draw on a ‘giant doodle wall’ and lots more art-related activities. The festival raises money for The National Association for Children of Alcoholics (NACOA).

Following a hugely successful tenth anniversary, Upfest is taking a well-earned break in 2019, but will return in 2020.

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