Hong Kong’s annual street art festival HKwalls returns in 2016 for a weeklong celebration of creativity, individuality and ingenuity from March 16-April 3. With a shared ethos and passion for community engagement, HKwalls partners with Vans to further their mission and create opportunities for local and international talent.
This year, the festival relocates to Sham Shui Po, an area rooted in heritage and diversity. “HKwalls is a people’s festival. Sham Shui Po embraces grassroots and entrepreneurial spirits, just as we do,” says HKwalls co-founder Jason Dembski. “The culture, the interesting people, the history and architecture all serve as inspiration to our artists.”
“We are excited to support HK Walls in their mission to provide a platform for local and international artists to showcase their talent. HK Walls is a local institution that shares the same values as we do and being able to collaborate with such a dedicated group for our 50th Anniversary is a great opportunity to reinforce Vans’ commitment to Hong Kong’s creative community” says Nick Street, Marketing Director of Vans APAC.
Each year, HKwalls moves from district to district and reaches out to shop owners, building managers and landlords to gain permission for walls. Both Vans and HKwalls are committed to fostering relationships not only with participating creative talent, but also with the community. The event is free and fully accessible to the public, and offers an immersive look into the work of street artists and their creative processes.
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.
The festival will kick-off on March 21. Throughout the week, HKwalls offers an alternative to the various happenings during Art Week, and drives the focus to the streets of Sham Shui Po for an inclusive and inspiring celebration of street culture.
Apart from the festival, Vans will organize the House of Vans to celebrate the 50th Anniversary featuring art exhibitions, workshops and street market in Sham Shui Po from Mar 16 – Apr 3, 2016. The House of Vans will help the public to further understand Vans’ effort on pushing self-creative expression and HKwalls’ mission. For more details, please stay tuned and check out www.vans.com.hk
HKwalls Street Art Festival 2016 Schedule:
Date: March 21 – 27, 2016
Venue: Sham Shui Po (Cheung Sha Wan Road to Lai Chi Kok Road / Boundary Street to Nam Cheong Street)
HKwalls is Hong Kong’s annual street art festival, with the mission to create opportunities for local and international artists to showcase their talents in Hong Kong through the mediums of street art and street culture.