Hong Kong’s largest street art and mural festival is back in Sai Kung! As in previous years, this year’s festival will organize a series of activities to promote street art. The aim is to give local artists an opportunity to share their creations with the public, and to showcase the beauty of Hong Kong.

The festival will kicks off from 8-16 May when HK’s talented artists start painting on selected walls throughout Hong Kong. This year, there will also be a Youth Mentorship Programme. The aim is to help young artists learn from past HKWALLS artists,  stimulate their creative thinking and gain more creative experience.

From 8th May to 6th June, there will be an exhibition called “Tools of the Trade” located at G/F 33 Des Voeux Rd West, Sheung Wan. The purpose of this event is to give the public an opportunity to understand the history and the allure of street art. You will see the wide range of tools that were used by artists since the 1960s, reflecting each artist’s unique style. The exhibition is a great place to understand the evolution of street art through the tools that made them.

For your information, the Hong Kong street art and mural festival actually started in Hong Kong in 2014. Let’s look back at the wonderful works over the years.

2019: Wan Chai

Artwork by Canada graffiti artist, Fluke. His work combines elements of photography and street art. The “ribbons” and giant brushstrokes found in his work are a nod to the graffiti letters and textures that tie him to his roots as an artist.
Artwork by Joker & Gus Eagleton. Joker is a graffiti artist from Bangkok, Thailand while Gus came from Australia. Their creations advocate and remind people to love animals.

2018: Central & Western District

Artwork from Carol Mui and Rebecca T Lin, aka Creative Hustlers. Both of them are muralists and freelance graphic designers.
Artwork by Hong Kong local artist, Zoie Lam. She likes to express her ideas on social phenomena through her creation. She spreads positive energy via the kind-hearted characters she created.

2017: Wong Chuk Hang

Creation from Japanese artist, Taka. The variety of experiences and cultural differences in Taka’s life have inspired Taka’s art.
Creation from Thailand artist, Mauy. His artworks focus on wildlife animals, he trying to put these wildlife animals back to the mind of people.

2016: Sham Shui Po

Creation from Okuda. His artworks is dominated by rainbow colors, combined with organic shapes to create a unique personal style.
Creation from Colasa. He emphasis on freestyle technique and the use of black ink to demonstrate his unconventional style.

2015: Sheung Wan and Stanley Market

Artwork by Szabotage, from Shoreditch. By spraying layers of paints, combined with the unique structure of the building, Szabotage presented an interesting and attractive painting.

2014: Sheung Wan

Artwork by Parent’s Parents, the creative group established in 2012 in Hong Kong. They bring together the people from graffiti, drawing, illustration, and leather crafting fields.

For more information, you may visit the HKwalls website.

Whether you like art, painting, or taking photos, pay a visit to Sai Kung during the festival. Experience the atmosphere of art and cheer surrounding the artists! Don’t forget to keep a safe social distance, wear a mask, and wash your hands frequently.

Images and information sources: HKwalls