Thursday, February 28, 2008

Graffiti Art Festival, Kings Heath Park, 15th,16th March

A Graffiti Art Festival has been organised for Kings Heath Park on Saturday, Sunday 15th, 16th March - 12noon to 6pm.

The Festival is being jointly organised by Bishop Challoner School and In A City Arts, 21 York Road. The Festival is being funded from Community Chest Funds awarded by the Moseley and Kings Heath Ward Committee.

The Festival is part of a series of measures to move local teenagers from graffiti tagging, which upsets residents, to the legal form of graffiti art.

The tennis courts in Kings Heath Park will be filled with 75metres of 8foot high boards. The next door basketball court will have ramps for skateboarders and BMXers. There will also be food and music.

Professional graffiti artists will be on hand to show off their skills and advise younger teenage artists - young people who wish to participate will be able to come along through booking a place through the new ‘INACITY Arts’ Graffitti shop on York Road who will give them a time slot and will manage the Graffiti element of the day itself. Teenagers who are known to be taggers will not be allowed to use the paint facilites.

There will also be a marque in case of poor weather

If the event is a success, then funds will be made available for more during the Spring and Summer.

A full time managed legal graffiti zone at the rear of Kings Heath Baptist Church, Kings Heath High Street, is due to open mid-March


At 9:02 AM, Blogger F said...

So you are going to put boards up, for teenagers to use, rather than them tagging on the street; and then not let the ones who you definately know tag use it.

You should include everyone in the activites so no one is alienated and and only left with the option to express themself on the street. Otherwise the event seems hypocritical and it would be a shame to waste the opportunity you are trying to create.


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