Hong Kong’s annual street art festival HKwalls is back in 2016 for a week-long celebration of art, creativity and diversity
This year, the popular festival will be partnering with Vans to further their mission to create opportunities for local and international talents within the street art community. Moving away from Hong Kong Island, Sham Shui Po will be the location for this year’s event with HKwalls founder Jason Dembiski saying, "HKwalls is a people's festival. Sham Shui Po embraces grassroots and entrepreneurial spirits, just as we do."
Kicking off on March 21, HKwalls reaches out to shop owners, building managers and landlords to gain permission to use their walls. The event is totally free, and fully accessible to the public, offering them the opportunity to see the complete creative process of street artists. The map for the event can be found here.
Featured artists this year include Okudart (Spain), Peeta (Italy), Suiko (Japan), Colasa (Taiwan), Clog (Singapore), Zids (Thailand), KristopherH (HK), and Faust (USA). More artists will be announced in the coming weeks.
Aside from painting murals on the streets of Sham Shui Po, a gallery of print work from the featured artists, screening of street culture related films and talks are also on offer during the week.
To celebrate the 50th anniversary of Vans, The House of Vans will be running at 124-126 Cheung Sha Wan Road, Sham Shui Po from March 17 – April 3. With a focus on building communities, the pop-up will include D.I.Y workshops, shoe personalisation, a retrospective look at the brand's history, curated musical performances, and an interactive, 3-D display of Vans' 2016 brand campaign.
For updated information, check hkwalls.org