The writ­ing—graf­fiti, street art and more—is on the wall

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The writ­ing—graf­fiti, street art and more—is on the wall

Artists are paint­ing the town red—and ev­ery other colour of the rain­bow—at the se­cond an­nual Van­cou­ver Mu­ral Fes­ti­val (Aug. 7 to 12; page 46). Last year, the in­au­gu­ral event added a splash of colour to the Mount Pleas­ant neigh­bour­hood by way of 35 eye-catch­ing mu­rals. This year’s fes­ti­val adds to that colour­ful legacy, trans­form­ing more than 50 ad­di­tional walls around East Van into large-scale can­vases. The line-up in­cludes artists from Van­cou­ver and around the globe, with an em­pha­sis on graf­fiti artists like AA Crew, and First Na­tions artists such as Corey Bul­pitt and Shar­i­fah Mars­den. The paint-flecked cel­e­bra­tions in­clude a vi­brant street fes­ti­val, live mu­si­cal per­for­mances, walk­ing tours, artists talks and a beer gar­den. If your trip wasn’t timed quite right, don’t fret: on Satur­days, take in the city’s largest dis­play of street art on a guided tour. Or sim­ply down­load a map for a self-guided stroll of al­fresco art.

Last year’s fes­ti­val left be­hind a colour­ful legacy of 35 mu­rals, in­clud­ing this piece by Bi­ci­cleta Sem Freio on the Mak­erLabs build­ing. Seven mu­rals wrap the prop­erty

Visit The Arts Fac­tory to see this na­ture-in­fused mu­ral by Ola Volo

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