One of the most unique and exciting festivals on offer in Leicester is finally back! The last Bring The Paint in 2019 did so much to transform our city and brighten up our neighbourhoods, and from 23-29 May 2022 it’s returning to the city! Take a look at their website for all the info!

Firstly, what is it? Well, it’s a celebration of street art and graffiti and welcomes internationally recognised artists to come and create huge murals and amazing art. But that’s not all, the festival which run by a whole range of local organisations, is a celebration of art and street culture and is set to be one of the biggest street art events in the UK this year!

Alongside the 48 brand new large scale murals that are being created across the city, there are also workshops for everyone to attend, skateboarding showcases, cycling tours, artist talks, music and great food, making for an incredible celebration of graffiti culture.

The artists

Now you may not know the names of some of the invited street artists, but believe us when we tell you that these are the best of the best. There's a full run down of the featured artists on the Bring the Paint website.

We have a whole host of local talent from Leicester graffiti artist Goonism, Midlands-based spray paint artist N4T4, Graphic Designer and Illustrator Sam Grubb and Birmingham-based master of letters Ziner.

We’re also welcoming a wide range of international talent from across Europe from Dutch artists Super A and Tripl, Slovakian stylist Ruelo, German creators Flying Fortress and Bond, plus Belgian creator Iota.

The locations

Leicester is full of amazing street art and you can find some of the great places to see existing pieces in our Spectacular Street Art article. The Festival is split into three different zones allowing you to explore: the Cultural Quarter and Belgrave Gate; Welford Road, DMU and Braunstone Gate; and Frog Island. 

There are a number of information points and venues across the city including the LCB Depot, the Soundhouse, and the home of street art in Leicester, Graffwerk at the Mill. Any street artists who want to get involved can head to one of the many legal painting sites where they can paint to their hearts content!

You can see all the locations on the Bring the Paint website, or by picking up one of the flyers from any of the information points.

The events

The week is filled with events to get involved with, from music all-dayers and talks on the history of street art to family friendly activities and Red Bull skate park. There are walking tours from Monday to Thursday and cycling tours on the Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday so that you can explore all the different areas and artists. All week long, The Mill will be hosting Paint to Pixel, a virtual reality exhibition which charts the history of UK street art.

Then as the weekend rolls around there are so many things to do! Saturday is the main festival day, and sees an explosion of creativity at the LCB Depot with badgemaking, printmaking and comic illustration workshops. And just round the corner at the Soundhouse there’s an all-day Sound System gig. Then over at The Mill, the Red Bull Skate Park takes over on Saturday before a family day on Sunday with activities, music, food and graffiti jams.

You won’t miss out on the art

If you're not able to make it to the festival, don't worry, because the street art that is being created is a permanent addition to the Leicester landscape. There are already hundreds of artworks around the city, from the small-scale to the humungous! And this year will just add to the amazing. Put Bring the Paint in your diary and be prepared to have your mind blown by the incredible talent and creativity on show!




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