Spectrum Street Art Festival is just the tip of the iceberg of the list I can recite as to why I am so stoked to be calling Christchurch my new home.
For those not living in or regularly visiting the area, its easy to simply recall the latest earthquake or news of issues with the rebuild….as largely this is what the media chooses to inform. Yes! These are real events and issues HOWEVER, you haven’t had a chance to witness the steady rise of many mannnyyyy awesome new eateries, bars, shopping hubs, events OR an art scene that is attracting players at the top of their game – worldwide!
From December until the 17th of April, Spectrum Street Art Festival facilitates the work of a roll call of international and local talent that would raise the hairs on the back of any street art lovers neck!
I myself was stopped in my tracks in December when driving down Manchester Street I spotted, what was un-mistakenly, a work in progress by Australian dynamo; Vexta. Next think you know I am standing and chatting one on one with her by a cherry picker…..I mean this was an amazing moment for me and to think it was all on the doorstep in Christchurch kind of blew my mind!!!
The YMCA building on Hereford Street is the base for this years event (the 3rd to be held) as well as an exhibition venue for massive largescale work.
“This is our third festival in Christchurch, the city is gaining a global reputation as a city of street art and SPECTRUM will add to that legacy with another series of huge, central city walls being transformed into awesome works of art. But what’s most exciting is the redevelopment of the venue at the YMCA which will, after SPECTRUM closes, be transformed into the world’s first purpose built street art venue – this is what will really cement the city as a major international street art destination,” says George Shaw, Spectrum Festival Director.
Explore the website to view the latest editions to the rolling calendar of events and visiting artists as well as the locations for some of the enormous works to be found on the walls of the central city.
This type of event and work couldn’t be better suited to a city like this …. one where the art is created and then disappears at the same rate the city stretches and grows again.