Rochdale to host its first International Street Art Festival

Date published: 11 August 2019

A five-day street art festival is coming to Rochdale this month, taking place over the August bank holiday weekend from 22 to 26 August 2019.

In collaboration with Rochdale Council, the internationally acclaimed street art duo, Nomad Clan, will present ‘Rochdale Uprising’, the first ever art festival in the town featuring large scale murals, exhibitions, an art fair, workshops, artist talks and much more across five days.

Rochdale Uprising aims to breathe life back into unloved and neglected parts of the town through a series of iconic murals, showcasing local and internationally renowned artistic talent, as well as some of the diverse networks of creative organisations in and around Rochdale and Greater Manchester.

Nomad Clan believe that Rochdale Uprising will encourage the community to feel a sense of ownership, renewed pride, and inspiration for change and economic growth through tourism.


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Hayley Garner, of Nomad Clan, said: “One of the core motives for running a mural festival in Rochdale is to inspire and engage the young people through direct visible action. As someone who grew up in Rochdale, I remember an absence of art culture and a lack of artists to aspire to.

"One of the many strengths of urban contemporary art is how readily available and accessible it is, turning the streets into a gallery that only inspires imagination, as opposed to the traditional elitist galleries that some people would never access."

Twelve world renowned artists will travel to the town and adorn its drab buildings with beautiful artwork inspired by Rochdale’s rich heritage. The twelve murals will be painted in Rochdale by:

  • The London Police (Amsterdam)
  • Mr Penfold (Bristol)
  • Curtis Hylton (London)
  • Philth (Birmingham)
  • Tank Petrol (Poland)
  • T-One (Preston)
  • Lei-Mai (Liverpool)
  • Tasha Whittle (Manchester)
  • Folie (Manchester)
  • Billy (UK)
  • Northernline (Manchester)
  • and Rochdale homegrown Nomad Clan (Manchester)

The duo of Cbloxx and AYLO – aka Joy Gilleard and Hayley Garner - have been travelling the world with their talent from Mexico to Germany, to America, France and across the UK, so it seems only right to return to Hayley’s hometown of Rochdale to host the first ever Street Art Festival and celebrate Urban Art in all its glory.

The festival is accessible for free to the public and welcomes all ages and cultures.

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