CITYLEAKS Urban Art Festival, Cologne 2017

CityLeaks is a biennial festival for contemporary urban art and have been leaving art on the streets since 2011. They have just wrapped up their fourth edition taking over the streets of Cologne Altstadt-Nord during the first three weeks of September.

“This September CityLeaks Festival Centre will find its temporary home in a location which could hardly be more symbolic of Cologne’s failed enthusiasm for major urban projects: the Ebertplatz in the northern part of Cologne’s city centre.” CityLeaks

Over 100 international artists have transformed Cologne over the years. Genres like performance, urban hacking, installation, mural painting, talks, workshops  and new media showing a wide range of contemporary urban art have all been part of the festivals.

Berlin artist and architect collective ON/OFF constructed an organic and adaptable Festival Centre which turned the square into an arena by way of wooden stands. Visitors were given the opportunity to sit down, dwell, work, exchange and make use of a temporary stage.

CityLeaks Festival Centre on Ebertplatz is meant as a space for collective thinking, acting and dwelling.

Artists invited were Agostino Iacurci, Benjamin Gaulon, Bill Dietz and Jordan Topiel Paul, El Marian, Eva-Maria Builder, Give It A Name, Hyuro, Innerfields, Javier Abarca, katharinajej, Lia Sáile, LIGNA, Martin Hesselmeier, Martin Kaltwasser, Nina Kradepohl and Halil Özet, On/Off, PAErsche Aktionslabor, The Wa, Elian Chali, Interesni-Kazki and Vladimir Turner.

During this year’s edition of CityLeaks Festival a large programme of guided tours invite you to explore the full spectrum of urban art, graffiti, and other creative interventions on the streets of Cologne.



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