Despite the Covid-19 crisis, the 7th edition of Street Art Fest was able to start under good conditions this Friday, May 28, in Grenoble. For five weeks, dozens of artists must invest the walls of the city of Grenoble. This year, the event also extended to the municipalities of Eybens, Sassenage, La Tronche and Champ-sur-Drac.
The specter of the health crisis has long hovered over the organizers, who feared last-minute changes. But, the improvement of the situation should notably allow the arrival, this year, of international artists.
Until July 4, 37 artists are expected. Thirty-five frescoes spread over a large part of the metropolis should be added, at the end of the festival, to the 215 already existing works.
For this first week, no less than ten artists are already on the program. Among them, the French Combo has already made some visible collages on rue Phalanstère and at the Odyssée Cultural Center in Eybens:
At the start of the week, Groek and Juin, two other street-artists, are working on their works at 3 rue Paul Eluard in Fontaine (June) and at 8 rue Vergniaud in Grenoble (Groek).
The second week of the festival will be marked by the arrival of two stencil specialists, namely EZK and Falco. Their works will be found in places still unknown to the public.
The week of June 14 appears to be one of the busiest of the festival with 7 giant frescoes produced in the space of a few days. The artists Manomatic, Taquen, Ekis & Boye, Fanakapan, Etien ‘and Hoxxoh are expected.
Known for his large, colorful and dreamlike works, the street-artist Seth should invest the walls of the rue Aristide Briand in Fontaine.
Eleven artists are on the program for the fourth week. Among them: the artist LPVDA who replaced his brushes with a sander and a torch with which he creates frescoes on wooden facades.
Some artists are polishing the final details of their fresco before the festival closes. Some names are expected in recent days, including the French Daco.
Conferences and exhibitions maintained
In addition to these creations, exhibitions, tours, conferences, workshops, screenings and concerts are planned throughout the month.
For this 7th edition, the organization is aiming for a return to normalcy after a year 2020 marked by the Covid-19. The important exhibition at the old painting museum had to be canceled. The “Movie Fest” has been rescheduled at a later date.
Several conferences and exhibitions were held this year:
- the conference “Hip-hop culture: the tempo of its time”, at the Ellipse media library in Sassenage, on June 15 at 6.30 p.m.
- Seth’s lecture at the Musée de Grenoble, June 19 at 6 p.m.
- Combo’s “Censuré” exhibition, from June 4 to July 31, 2021 at the Spacejunk Art Center in Grenoble, 19 rue Genissieu;
- the exhibition “Chinoiseries” by Seth, from May 21 to July 17 at the Center d’art contemporain Le Vog, in Fontaine;
- the collective exhibition “Schizzi: From Sketch to the Wall” from May 18 to June 25, 2021 at the House of Associations of Pont-de-Claix;
- the exhibition “The Street Art Postal Project 2017-2020”, by BernArt from June 1 to July 3, 2021 at the Médiathèque l’Ellipse, in Sassenage.
You golf and you run
To change from the classic guided tours, a Street Art Run – a jogging to discover the works – and a Street Art must be organized this year.
Another initiative, Street Art Golf, is scheduled for June 13 and allows participants to reclaim urban space, in a fun way.
For more information on the program and the frescoes, the Street App Fest mobile application allows all users to consult a complete guide to the event. An information point is also open from Tuesday to Sunday, from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m., throughout the duration of the festival, at the Caserne de Bonne.