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Major new Gloucester Paint Jam festival announced for August

By citizenmike  |  Posted: April 30, 2014

By Mike Wilkinson, Public Affairs reporter

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DJ Fade preparing for the Gloucester Paint Jam at the Guildhall yesterday

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IT’S OFFICIAL – Gloucester’s first-ever street art festival is launching in August.

The festival will be called Gloucester Paint Jam and will run from August 1 to 3 in King’s Square and the city centre.

It will be a festival by artists, for artists, with Gloucester’s popular street artist Beastie taking charge of the plans.

But it is more than just street art – there will be dance workshops at the Guildhall and a performance space at The Eastgate shopping centre.

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Hoardings will be erected all over the city for people to work on and Beastie is organising a massive free art drop – known as a culture bomb – around the city on the Sunday as well.

There will even be an art gallery inside a bus parked in King’s Square.

The idea was inspired by the Free Art Friday movement, which has gripped the city in the past year and features in the pages of the Citizen on a weekly basis.

Organisers are looking for businesses to get involved by donating walls to paint for the weekend or to provide sponsorship.

The Citizen has already agreed that its offices in The Oxebode will become a pop-up art gallery.

The event promises to set Gloucester apart from its neighbours in offering something unique for the city.

Mhairi Smith, from Marketing Gloucester, who are co-ordinating the event with Beastie, said: “It is really exciting. It is really going to bring the city centre to life. We want to get as many people behind it as possible.”

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