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Upfest July 2015

30 July 2015

World famous artist Thierry Noir, famed for being the first street artist to paint the Berlin Wall, has taken to the streets of Bristol for Upfest – Europe’s largest free street art and graffiti festival.

Talented artists are travelling to Upfest from 25 countries, and from across the UK, to paint live on 30,000 square foot of surfaces in front of 25,000 visitors.

Bristol University’s Department of German has been running the project, entitled ‘What I would have painted on the Berlin Wall’. It aims to make the seismic event in European history real and exciting to local school children. 

Organiser Dr Debbie Pinfold, a Lecturer in German at Bristol University and Schools Liaison Officer for the University’s School of Modern Languages, said: “These children weren’t born when the Wall fell but it’s such an important part of European history. We wanted to engage them with German history in a creative way that goes beyond the classroom, and there’s an obvious link with Bristol’s own vibrant street art culture.

Please see the University's press release for further information.

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