More than 70 artists from across the world transformed parts of Derry city centre over the weekend with a series of world-class graffiti murals.
Talented artists from across England, Scotland, France, Finland, America and Australia joined forces with dozens of their counterparts from across Ireland and teams of local young people from six different areas to produce the art works.
Organisers said a minor vandalism incident involving some of the work at Ebrington Square was quickly sorted out.
Dozens of striking outdoor spray can artworks have now been created at Ebrington Square and across the town, including at Victoria Market, the Bogside, Brandywell, Glendermott, Clooney Terrace, Studio 76 Tattoo Parlour and the Verbal Arts Centre.
The art works were part of a wider ‘Release the Pressure’ project which was hosted by the local social economy enterprise, UV Arts with involvement from young people from Derry and Strabane.
Organiser and artist Donal O’Doherty said 5,000 people came to witness the murals being created at the weekend.
Mr O’Doherty said one of the aims of the festival was to offer an alternative to political murals and to show how you can transform areas that might be seen to have a negative impact or aesthetic.
He added that it was also great to get the chance to give the Ebrington Square area a colourful make-over.
“It has been brilliant and Ilex were really, really helpful and we would like to thank them,” Mr O’Doherty said.
“None of the artists charged a fee as long as we brought them and gave them the materials, they actually loved the fact that they were coming to Ireland to do this. The project will now continue out in the communities of the young people for another month, and Mr Doherty said they were hopeful it will return next year.
Fellow organiser Karl Porter described the festival as “a showcase of what you can do with spray can art.”