For the first time since 2019, Belfast will play home to international artists travelling to Northern Ireland to take part in a ‘paint jam’ on Kent Street on Sunday, May 1.
The 2022 ‘Hit the North’ Street Art Festival (HTN) will return to the city this May bank holiday weekend following two years of more intimate festivals due to the pandemic.
Guests are invited to attend as 50 local and international artists create artwork throughout the day, in what organisers deem the largest street art festival across the island of Ireland.
Spectators can expect entertainment, food trucks and refreshments “as they watch modern murals come to life”.
Adam Turkington, director of Seedhead Arts who has been organising the festival for almost a decade, says this year’s event is particularly special as it is the first time in two years artists have been able to paint together.
“It’s been great to get so many of our leading local artists together again to help shine a spotlight on Northern Ireland’s urban culture as we unveil another jam-packed festival programme,” he said.
“Hennessy, Arts and Business and Belfast City Council in particular have provided the kind of support without which we simply wouldn’t be able to run the festival.
"With Festival of Fools and the Cathedral Arts Festival also gearing up with events again, it’s set to be a bumper weekend of street culture and contemporary arts. Most of all we’re busting to rekindle all the connections and friendships that we’ve lost in the last two years, and of course make some new ones. We can’t wait!”
Hennessy, who has supported the event since 2020, describes the initiative as an important showcase of innovation and inclusion.
Sarah Harvey, Hennessy brand manager commented: “Art has the power to motivate, inspire change and represent diversity as well as bringing joy and pride to people here in Belfast so we are incredibly proud to be a key festival supporter.
"Hennessy has a long history of partnering with and supporting artists and innovators and we can’t wait to see the spectacular array of murals this year’s artists create through a diverse range of styles and techniques.”
For more information on the ‘Hit the North’ Street Art Festival visit: https://www.seedheadarts.com/street-art/htn22