Wonderwalls Festival 2017

From 24 to 26 November, building facades, underground parking stations and concrete walls will transform into colourful street murals as part of Wonderwalls, a three-day street art festival in Wollongong that aims to reshape and redefine the city.

Established in 2012, Wonderwalls has converted Wollongong’s central business district into a vibrant creative community. The festival welcomes new visitors, business and skill, which helps to move Wollongong out of its post-industrial decay and into creative, cultural and learning pursuits.

This year’s festival will be bigger and better than ever, with leading local, national, and international street artists including Ian McCallum (Queensland), Claire Foxton (Kiama), Owen Dippie (New Zealand), and Leans (Brisbane) showcasing their talent live for all to witness. The walls being painted will be significantly larger than past years, with most reaching more than 10m in height and 20m long.

Wonderwalls will also give the street art scene a digital twist with virtual reality technology that will bring a fresh perspective to the way art can be experienced. Virtual reality headsets will be provided for visitors and they will be given the opportunity to create their own digital murals.

In addition to street art, Wonderwalls will also host inclusive community events including public discussions with the artists, an exhibition hosted by Ironlak Art & Design, and street parties hosted by the celebrated hip-hop collective One Dayers (Horrorshow/Spit Syndicate) who will be presenting one of their renowned day parties, One Day Sundays.  

Festival Director, Simon Grant, said that Wonderwalls forges meaningful relationships that last beyond the festival itself.

By providing engaging murals and artworks, Wonderwalls generates a new appreciation of public space. Locals often quickly become attached to the murals because the imagery reminds them of something personal, and connects them with their city.

All murals are within a 1km radius of the CBD, ensuring the festival is walkable. By responding specifically to each space, artists create murals that resonate with the local community’s current and future aspirations,” said Mr Grant.

For more information on Wonderwalls, visit www.wonderwallsfestival.com