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Ireland’s biggest street art festival returns

Hit the North with Heverlee

Jonathan Ryder Photography

HIT THE NORTH FOR SIX

Hit the North with Heverlee, Ireland’s largest street art festival, returns to illuminate and animate inner city Belfast for the sixth time, with the most internationally star studded line up to date.

From Colombia to Australia and Portadown to Poleglass, street artists and muralists will be descending on the city on 20th & 21st September to bring their unique brand of colour, flair and creativity to radically transform the Northside of the city centre.

Hit the North’s organiser Adam Turkington – who started the festival during his tenure as Culture Night Belfast manager said: “This year will see over 55 artists who have gained notoriety in the graffiti worldarriving in Belfast to transform the north quarter of the city. Thanks to the support of Heverlee, we’re able to create a lasting legacy of sites including Kent Street where 20 artists will be collectively creating a mural.

“As well as working with local artists, I’m excited to bring world renowned street artist Dzia from Heverlee’s homeland Belgium to the city and two artists will be travelling all the way from Cali in Colombia thanks to the help of the British Council”.

Angus Lawrie, Premium Beer Brand Manager at C&C Group said, “Travelling through Belgium, the home of Heverlee, you are captivated by the amazing street art which is part of the fabric of the major cities throughout the country. I’m excited to bring part of Heverlee’s roots to Northern Ireland by supporting Hit the North festival bringing to life some of Belfast’s urban areas creating incredible colourful murals”.

There’s an international depth to this year’s programme featuring artists from Belgium (Dzia), Italy (Alice Pasquini), Holland (Nol) Australia (Danni Simpson), Switzerland (Sonic Oner), Colombia (Sancho MDN & Visual) joined by artists from the UK and for the first time this year Tape That from Berlin. Tape That will be installing their artwork at the Bullitt Hotel on 18th & 19th September before moving over to Blaklist for the main festival on 20th & 21st September.

Conor Shields, Community Arts Partnership added, “Hit the North represents for Community Arts Partnership a great opportunity for edgy, international contemporary arts practice to reach new audiences and participants. It has become one of only four international street art festivals in these islands, and offers an alternative vision for our public space. CAP is delighted to work with our long term programme partner Seedhead Arts and welcomes the sponsorship we have received from Heverlee, Arts & Business, Belfast City Council, CQ BID, Belfast One and the Community Relations Council”.

Hit the North with Heverlee takes place on 20 and 21 September.

For full programme information, go to www.seedheadarts.com/hit-the-north

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