The 12th Stencibility street art festival in Estonia was held June 10–13 as it once again enlivened the city with new color. This year the audience could discover fresh art works on the streets, inside the exhibition on wheels titled 350M451N as well as at the soon to be demolished former night club. Over 20 local artists participated.
During the festival the artists created many new works on the surfaces offered by the owners at various districts of Tartu. Furthermore, the artists filled a three-storied, soon to be demolished former night club Cleo/Ahi/Pattaya with art that visitors could seek out on their own at the Hide and Seek exhibition.
The 350M451N was a travelling exhibition installed in a van that stopped at different locations in Tartu during the festival. The esoteric machine was a fortune telling van from the future through the eye of the past, where the lowbrow world constructed of mirrors and pink fur welcomed spectators to behold a set of silk screen illustrations from 15 artists and an audio video installation.
The organizers of the festival that supports the idea of free street art aim to enrich the city space. “Cities are, first and foremost, meant for the people inhabiting them. This last year has perfectly demonstrated how incredibly important a cozy and exciting city space can be, in a situation where people are encouraged to spend time outdoors while museums and other cultural establishments remain closed. By creating works of art in the city space, hopefully we bring art closer to everyone,” said festival organizer Sirla.
In addition to the creation of art works and exhibitions there were workshops, bike tours and an art fair.
Due to the pandemic only local artists took part: Multistab, Stina Leek, Gutface, Ajuokse Art Group, Roland Seer, Uuk Kivi, Baz, Pintsel, Logvoi, Sodacats, 5MA, Jerome Chonkston, inessus, Edward von Lõngus, Emma Pipi Penelope Visnap and Saara Liis Jõerand and many others.
Stencibility is an international street art festival held mainly in Tartu with the occasional tour into other Estonian cities. As the first Estonian street art festival it has developed hand in hand with street art, and is now an outstanding street art event in the Baltics. With their festival, the organizers wish to support the idea of free street art, help the Estonian street art to flourish and to bring more art onto the city streets and into the citizens’ lives.
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