Graffiato: Taupo Street Art Festival

Graffiato: Taupo Street Art Festival is New Zealand’s premier street art festival featuring award-winning New Zealand and international artists.

Graffiato: Taupo Street Art Festival 

The Graffiato: Taupo Street Art Festival brings together some of the world’s best street artists over Labour weekend every year to transform the town’s walls.

The first street art festival of its kind in New Zealand, Graffiato captures the diversity of mural painting practice in New Zealand, and what’s new and relevant in global urban culture.

Graffiato’s ever-expanding portfolio of over 80 murals brings transformation, wonder and vibrancy to the urban laneways and streets they inhabit. Even locals continue to find surprises hidden away down these charming back alleys.

While festivals of this nature now feature around the country, the 120 or so pieces created over the years in Taupo, as part of Graffiato, represents the widest ranging and most comprehensive survey of New Zealand artists working in this field.

Ross Liew, curator of Graffiato: Taupo Street Art Festival, says "No other city has such a rich collection of walls where you can see the breadth of talent and vision that resides within our country."

Grab a coffee, wander off the main streets into the many hidden laneways, and discover this rich collection of works for yourself – but keep your eyes up as there are many more surprises around each corner! Download the Graffiato: Taupo Street Art Walking Map here.

2017 Graffiato: Taupo Street Art Festival

A strong female lineup was among the talent secured for the 7th annual Graffiato: Taupo Street Art Festival. Established artist Erin Forsyth, muralist Mica Still and type-designer Kelly Spencer were among the headline artists attending the festival in October 2017.

The Graffiato: Taupo Street Art Festival kicked off on Friday 20 October 2017 with a one of a kind mixed media collaboration and evening with the artists at the Taupo Museum. Festival artists had 10 minutes to contribute their design to an ‘Exquisite Corpse’, with five artworks auctioned off on the night. 

From Saturday morning, visitors had the opportunity to watch the artists at work as they created large-scale artworks over the three days. Download the Graffiato: Taupo Street Art Walking Map here.

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