Benalla’s Wall to Wall Festival returns this weekend

By Shepparton News

Benalla’s renowned Wall to Wall Festival turns five this weekend.

And while it is again likely to have the town transformed into a larger-than-life street art gallery, an even bigger canvas of a different kind will also take part.

The popular Goorambat silo is set for a second massive mural.

More than 20 artists, including its largest overseas representation to date, will again converge on Benalla for what is being described as a ‘‘weekend of colour, creativity, and copious spray cans’’.

‘‘Every paint-worthy wall in Benalla will be used to create a giant open-air exhibition,’’ a statement said.

Those visiting to take part include household street art names such as Greek muralist Insane51 and LA-based academic turned street artist Lolo.

‘‘Wall to Wall has established itself as one of the genre’s most anticipated and influential events globally,’’ the statement read.

‘‘With live painting, day and night, festival goers can follow a map of 70 murals that will be completed over the course of three days as audiences watch on — either up close or from the comfort of their seat via a dedicated big screen.’’

Australian talents will also feature, including Callum Preston — who is set to take over Benalla’s carwash — and Kitt Bennett, who is poised to do a new mural work at the Benalla skate park.

‘‘A satellite site in nearby Goorambat (16km away) will also see Melbourne artist Dvate picking up where he left off last year, completing his second large-scale grain silo mural in the town,’’ the statement said.

This year art attractions at the festival are also set to expand beyond the two-dimensional variety.

A festival hub will play home virtual reality with a ‘‘cutting edge live simulator that will challenge artists to put down their physical tools and pick up the virtual ones’’.

A scavenger hunt through the CBD, walking art tours, a series of live talks and food trucks, bars and live music are set to round out the weekend.

It was estimated the festival drew tens of thousands to Benalla last year with larger audience numbers expected in this year.

Wall to Wall Festival takes place from Friday to Sunday, with the full program online at walltowallfestival.com