On August 10-18 Saint Petersburg will host for the second time graFFFest - graffiti, street and public art forum. The project main theme is - synthesis of street and digital art being one of the most actual trends in contemporary street art development. Progressive and dynamically made graffiti and street art interfere with other genres, absorbing their artistic methods in return as well. It’s within this tendency, that the main focus of art forum will be put on influence of graffiti and other kinds of modern art: animation, movies, photos, digital and internet art.
graFFFest is succession of “Multivision” public screens project, that started back in 2007-2008 with a “Small movie for the Big City” – when animation movies were shown on drawbridges of Saint-Petersburg. graFFFest’ was created, developed and performed by the team of the International festival of animation arts “Multivision” and a igeologist behind it, Svetlana Petrova.
Within graFFFest on August 10-12 there will be the Russian event of Meeting of Styles – The largest graffiti fest in the world, headquatered in Germany. The event will be part of the program of the German Year in Russia.The territory of Centre of Culture “Red Banner” will be decorated with works of Russian and international artists. There will be a master class of iconic Hip-Hop artist Akim Walta aka Zeb.Roc.Ski, aka Zebster (Germany), performance of B-boys and Hip-Hop musicians. The following world recognized artist will participate in decoration of the walls: ZEBSTER(GER), OGRE(FR), KAYO(GER), SLIDER(GER) CREN(GER), PETS (GER) and others, along with Russian participants – graffiti and street atists: Truba (TADFF), Wais (TAD), Pacer (TADSYN), Kreal (TAD), Sindik/brow (US), LIQUID (Minsk) Retro (TAD), Roof 169/Folmer, Floksy, Fuze (TRS), Pats, Cberio (S&T), Petro, Slak, Suga, Vedro (AES), Sodk, Yeka Haski, Ukey(Update), Sneg (Update), Lublue, Trun (TADFF), Super(158FF) and others.
The pinnacle of the art forum will be Street Art Jam - the night from August 17 to 18 the erected “wing” of a drawn Palace bridge will become a 400 m2 screen, where works of photo-competition winners, art forum short movies competition programs: animation films “Urban Legends”, internet movies – “Cats in the City” and video graffiti will be screened.
There will be a Hip-Hop concert organized in front of the Palace Bridge. graFFFest will commemorate the 100th anniversary of Russian animation with silent animation of Vladislav Starevich - the first Russian animator, accompanied with live music. Tens of thousands locals and tourists of Saint-Petersburg will witness this unique street performance.
This digital graffiti and animation projection onto the Palace Bridge during the graFFFest is a massive and unique public art event even on the world scale.
Along with this ambitious street event, graFFFest will feature a number of other street performances and master-classes to Saint-Petersburg – we plan to open a monument of 100 years of Russian aviation, decorated in graffiti style, run an action of painting the city advertisement boards by street artists, along with creating new showpieces for the Museum of Winter Sport on “Igora” resort territory – snowboards painted with graffiti.
All graFFFest events will have free access, a standard expectation for a public art event.
The first time the forum was held in Aug 14-21 2011. The International art forum graFFFest 2011 became the world’s first large scale project to unite street art and digital art. The pinnacle event of the project was Street Art Jam by the Palace Bridge, that was visited by over 15000 people.
A new show-place emerged in Saint-Petersburg, a graffiti wall 120 meters long on Korpusnaya street on Petrogradskaya Side city district.
The selection of works for graFFFest contests is on! Those selected will be featured to people of Saint-Petersburg and it’s visitors on a giant screen of Palace Bridge within Street Art Jam.