The art festival that gave New Delhi’s Lodhi Colony a new dimension in regards to its appearance, St+Art India, is now coming to Hyderabad to make its impact in the city. This November, St+Art in association with Art@Telangana and Kalakriti Art Gallery will be hosting a Street Art Festival in Hyderabad.
For years now street art in Hyderabad has been looked down upon. It was considered as random paints on walls, but artists here have been struggling to change that image, hopefully it’ll happen now, believes Laxman Aelay, who is part of Art@Telangana.
“This project has been in the planning stage since the last six months. In Hyderabad there are only a handful of artists who create street art and that isn’t enough to put Hyderabad on the map of art. So this festival will hopefully bring out the best in the artists here,” says Prshant Lahoti, owner of Kalakriti Art Gallery.
Founder of St+Art India, Arjun Bahl says that local artists will get to showcase their work. “We have put out call-outs inviting artists and we’ll also be hosting a workshop when we come down to Hyderabad on July 30. The team will be present at The Plaza hotel, Paryatak Bhavan, Hyderabad today. So run down with your portfolios and make your entries.
As of now we have graffiti artists Swathi and Vijay on board and we’re also looking at working with 15 artists from the city to work on a collaborative wall. Apart from that we will also bring 6-7 Indian artists and 2-3 international artists to the city. Hyderabad is going to be our seventh edition and we were eager to work here because we see a lot of scope in the city that is famous for being one of the biggest tech hubs.”