On the initiative of the cultural office Mönchengladbach and in cooperation with three other cities (Krefeld, Neuss, Geldern), an Urban Art Festival will take place for the first time on the Lower Rhine under the title “Home Street Home” from 7 July to 29 September. It reflects the great variety and quality of “art on walls”. Each of these cities has different urban art traditions, projects and locations to offer. “Home Street Home” was chosen as the title because spraying and painting are not least about the question of the city as a home for all. A place where people’s diverse artistic preferences become visible. A connecting element for the four local Urban Art events is a central exhibition in the Kulturforum Alte Post Neuss with drafts, photos and videos of the artworks in the cities. In addition to this, four artists from the region have developed a joint design that captures the festival title and is presented on the wall in different variations in all four cities.
In Mönchengladbach, seven large murals, dealing with the theme “living differently!”, will be created in the middle of the old town as part of the festival from 16 to 18 August. Theartistic director Steffen Mumm has selected regionally and internationally well-known artists who will create their visual works live on the walls. Among them are the SPanier Corte & Jon Zabalegui, the Cologne-Düsseldorf duo olga&m05k, Munich-based Mr. Woodland and Gladbach-based HokerOne, Johannes Veit and Phil Norm. Whether they’re poetic, abstract or loudly demanding, their pictures create an energy that the old town seeks to exude more and more – a dynamic that emerges from the heart of the city, which calls on people to try something different: living differently!
The Central Committee for Street Art Im Köntges will offer a supporting programme with an exhibition of 30 artists from the urban art scene. In addition to graffiti and street art, urban photography and tattoo art will also be on show. Sticker and graffiti workshops invite visitors to try them out for themselves. The film screening “Girl Power” illuminates a female perspective on the art of graffiti and shows unconventional insights into the male domain in the scene. The programme booklet is available in municipal cultural institutions, independent cultural venues, selected cafés, restaurants and administrative offices.
More info at www.kulturbuero-mg.de