Løkka-lykke street art festival returns to Oslo this June to confirm its status as Oslo’s first annual street art festival.
Held in the central district of Grünerløkka, Løkka-lykke announced itself on the Norwegian street art scene in 2021 with eleven artists producing site-specific works from large-scale murals to small-scale interventions. This year, the festival returns from 20-26 June with the first confirmed artists Awat Serdashti, Charlotte Nordlund and Eva Hansen Sjøvold.
Løkka-lykke 2021 Aftermovie: https://vimeo.com/672070972
Among this year’s invited artists are Finnish duo Anetta Lukjanova and Taneli Stenberg, local graffiti legend Awat Serdashti, and Oslo-based up-and-coming painter Eva Hansen Sjøvold, who will paint the first LGBTQ+ mural in Norway.
Also participating is local artist Charlotte Nordlund – whose artwork will mark 50 years since the decriminalization of homosexuality in Norway – and Ukrainian artist SLAM, who arrived in Norway just a few months ago.
In addition, everyone from first-time painters to some of the city’s most respected graffiti artists are invited to experiment on centrally-located, temporary cellograffiti walls designed to emphasise the demand to create more space for graffiti and street art in the city.
Curious audience members can get an introduction to street art and graffiti at a lecture by art historian Helia Darabi on Friday 24. June as well as learn all about the artists and stories behind the new works on guided tours on both Saturday 25. and Sunday 26. June.
All events are free, thanks to support from various partners, not least festival co-founders Løkka Gårdeierforening.
James Finucane, Street Art Oslo: “Løkka-Lykke aims to make visible the richness of artistic talent in Oslo by inviting both new and established local artists to participate. This helps to ensure that the festival is rooted in the local artistic environment, something we’ve always believed should be the decisive hallmark of Løkka-Lykke.”
Løkka-lykke is an initiative from Løkka Gårdeierforening and Street Art Oslo, which springs from an idea to celebrate Grünerløkka’s unique identity.
The festival takes place annually in Oslo during the first week of the school summer holidays – so that young people from Grünerløkka district have the opportunity to participate in co-producing the event.
Løkka-lykke´s primary goal in 2021 was to provide a safe and meaningful way for the public to engage with art during the pandemic.
“We hope that the artwork and activities that form Løkka-lykke will enable people, both young and old, to explore this much-loved and unique neighbourhood, and experience the positive effects that street art can have in building pride in the places we live.” Rebekka de Leon, Løkka Gårdeierforening
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