From July 26th to August 6th, the third biggest city of Brazil receives in downtown the first edition of CURA – Urban Art Circuit. CURA is the first building painting festival in Belo Horizonte, and the third of its kind in Brazil.
Five national and international artists with experience painting large-scale murals, were invited to be part of the Festival: Thiago Mazza and Priscila Amoni, from Belo Horizonte; the Acidum Project from Fortaleza, formed by the artists Tereza Dequinta and Robézio Marqs; and the Spanish artist Marina Capdevilla that is visiting Brazil for the first time.
The Festival aims to transform the landscape of BH, rescuing the trajectory of urban art in the city and recognizing its current dimension and strength in the country and in the world. The works will be done in large format on the blind sides of 4 buildings in the center of BH, with spaces that reach 50 meters in height and 37 meters in width. The selection of the walls was made from a visual cut: all four lateral sides will be simultaneously seen from Sapucaí street by the new and first street art viewpoint of the world, in which the Festival is helping to create.
The festival will also have an extensive cultural program with discussion panels about art, parties, an art bazar, film screenings and guided tour of the murals of Belo Horizonte.
The creation of an urban art circuit with murals by internationally renowned artists will put Belo Horizonte on the street art circuit of the world, attracting tourists in love with graffiti and muralism. The idea is in the next editions, the Festival can cover with graffiti and murals all the lateral sides that are seen from Sapucaí street. The project converges with the current cultural scene of BH that is transforming Sapucaí Street into an effervescent cultural corridor, with potential to equal the most charming, creative and interesting streets of the main cities of the world.
During the first days of the festival, we had the chance to interview Juliana, one of the directors of CURA Festival and this is what she said about the project:
“We want to create many graffiti and muralism spots in Belo Horizonte and take advantage of our geography that can create this landscape point view.” –affirmed Juliana, co-director at CURA.