MURAL Festival

5th edition

As an international public art festival bound to the celebration of creativity and the democratization of urban art, MURAL transforms for a week the Saint-Laurent Boulevard into a real open-air museum where local and international artists will unite their talents in the most creative manners. Creativity and the visual arts await you!

“We have an ambitious and festive program planned to celebrate the Festival’s 5th edition. MURAL is looking to consolidate itself as one of the world’s largest urban art happenings and continues to offer a diverse array of activities to the public, including murals, music, exhibitions, pop-up installations, conferences as well as, in particular, our art fair,” highlights André Bathalon, MURAL co-founder and spokesperson.

MURAL Festival activities and events take place in a free-access pedestrian zone located on Saint-Laurent Boulevard between Sherbrooke Street and Mont-Royal Avenue. Some twenty new murals created this year enhance an already impressive and well-rounded route of artwork from the Quartier des spectacles up to Mile End, adding to the permanent public legacy of over 80 major works created by the Festival since 2013.

2017 Highlights
New for this 2017 edition, MURAL extends its reach to include Old Montreal, thanks to a partnership with the Société de développement commercial du Vieux-Montréal. In addition to participating in the closure of Saint-Paul Street during Grand Prix weekend this coming June 8 to 11, the Festival will present its third annual Mural Art Fair (Foire d’art mural or FAM) at the Marché Bonsecours, produce art installations and temporary murals, as well as organize special events in area establishments.

The Festival will once again offer two weekends of major outdoor concerts, all free of charge this year and, for the first time in festival history, to be presented in a newly-reconfigured main area on Saint-Laurent Boulevard.

As for the muralists, this 2017 edition will reunite leading international artists from seven countries, including: Ron English (USA), INSA (UK), 1010 (Germany), Mad C (Germany), Ricardo Cavolo (Spain), Fintan Magee (Australia), Ruben Sanchez (Spain), Nuria Mora (Spain), Smithe (Mexico) and Onur (Switzerland).

Many prominent Canadian artists will also attend, including: Fluke and Dodo from A’Shop, Ola Volo, SbuOne, Scribe csx, Kevin Ledo, Monosourcil, Mort, Aydin Matlabi and Miss Me. Aaron Li-Hill, a Canadian artist living in New York, will produce a large-scale art installation to adorn Saint-Laurent Boulevard all summer long.

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