ReturnHola Utopía! Line Up Announced
The socio-cultural street art festival “Hola Utopia!” returns to Hannover in August, with the aim of promoting an eco-future vision for future generations, converting eight facades into a gallery of painted utopias.
Hola Utopía! Presents a unique opportunity for every citizen in Hannover: the chance to participate in the generation of ideas which artists use as inspiration to paint large-scale murals on walls in Hannover. Taking the theme of “Human Unity: Strengthening Social Awareness and Ecological Responsibility,” the preliminary workshops took place in June under the direction of muralists Etaja and Philipp von Zitzewitz.
From August 23rd to August 27th, 2021, the graffiti artists invited to take part will have time to apply the adapt the visions that came out of the workshops to large format walls in the German city, contributing to real lasting change.
Festival organizer Artie Ilsemann told MTN News: “Street art has long since lost its bad reputation as a rebellious youth culture. This art form has not only arrived in society and has been accepted by most since Banksy's enormous media presence. Hannover should become more visible on the international map of urban arts and at the same time take up and present the essential topic of sustainability.”
Eight mural projects are set to be completed during the festival, with an international line-up of talent. Berlin based Nasca was the first name announced, and is the artist behind this year’s poster. Irene Lopéz León and Yubia will make the trip from Barcelona, the latter combining with Hamburg contemporary Anna T. Iron. Bart Sucharski is another international name, this time from Poznan, Poland, meanwhile Kartel will present his latest Russian-influenced piece. The painter Christof Mascher will expand his studio work to a large format, and collectives CUADRO FREZCA and Team D.O.T.U. complete the line-up.
A map with all locations will be available on the event website. Anyone in town will be able to watch the artists at work as part of a guided art walk or a bike tour, following current regulations dictated by the pandemic. Once completed, the murals will be open to visit all year round.
This year, Hola Utopia! Will coincide with another Hannover street art and graffiti festival, “Urban Nature” under the umbrella “Urban Art Week Hannover.” The city's cultural office sees great synergies in merging the two individual festivals on the subject of urban art in Hannover.
ShareJuly 20, 2021