2019 Wall to Wall Festival —
From a large-scale 3D portrait
to a carwash takeover and virtual reality painting, world renowned talents transform regional Victorian town for a celebration of street art.
Various locations in and around Benalla, Victoria
Friday 5 – Sunday 7 April
Now in its fifth year, the annual Wall to Wall Festival returns to the small rural town of Benalla where more than 20 artists — including its largest international contingent to date — will descend for one weekend of colour, creativity, and copious spray cans.
Featuring an assortment of familiar, unknown, local and far-flung creatives, every paint-worthy wall in Benalla will be used to create a giant open-air exhibition from Friday 5 – Sunday 7 April.
With a diverse line-up of artists that includes some of the biggest global names in street art, Wall to Wall has established itself as one of the genre’s most anticipated and influential events globally.
With live painting, day and night, festival goers can follow a map of 70 murals that will be completed over the course of three days as audiences watch on — either up close or from the comfort of their seat via a dedicated big screen.
International highlights include Greek muralist, Insane51, lauded as one of the world’s most foremost 3D art talents; LA based academic turned street artist, Lolo, renowned for her space inspired mythic creations; self-taught muralist Choq, from Paris; Belgium born Caratoes, notorious for her unique blend of elegant and jarring compositions; and Brooklyn native, Elle — a prominent international touring street artist whose work has been exhibited in the prestigious Saatchi Gallery in London.
Meanwhile, recipients of Visit Victoria’s Make Your Mark in Melbourne street art prize, Akid One and Jagung will travel from Malaysia to take part in the festival also.
A snapshot of Australian talent includes the multi-faceted master, Callum Preston — who is set to take over Benalla’s local carwash; Melbourne-based large-scale portrait artist, Danielle Weber; and Melbourne talent Kitt Bennett, a wizard of aerial perspective, who is poised to undertake a colossal new mural work at the Benalla skate park.
A satellite site in nearby Goorambat (16 kilometres away) will also see Melbourne artist Dvate picking up where he left off last year, completing his second large-scale grain silo mural in the town.
Beyond the 70 + adorned walls on display, the program lineup will extend to the Festival Hub which plays home to a world of VR with Kingspray virtual reality graffiti — a cutting edge live simulator that will challenge artists to put down their physical tools and pick up the virtual ones; Virtual Reality Cinema featuring a series of arts and culture short films; and a 9D Mobile Cinema combining a 3D movie, motion seats and special effects.
For kids and families, a scavenger hunt through the centre of town is the perfect way to discover artworks old and new, and back by popular demand Community Paint by Numbers encourages people of all ages and skill sets to get their hands dirty and contribute to a mural designed by local artist Zach Blake.
The weekend of festivities also features walking art tours, a series of live talks, and like any good festival audiences can expect food trucks, bars and live music.
The event’s broad crowd and global reputation present a huge coup for the town of Benalla (population 9200) and regional Victorian tourism more broadly, drawing crowds of over 40,000 people last year with larger audience numbers expected in 2019.
Wall to Wall Festival takes place from Friday 5 April – Sunday 7 April — the full program is online now walltowallfestival.com.