Paradox Street Art Festival comes to New Zealand’s coastal resort cities

Published on : Friday, February 24, 2017

Paradox Street Art FestivalParadox Street Art Festival, the newest event to come to Tauranga, on New Zealand’s North Island east coast, will present never-before-seen works of street art. In a first for the Bay of Plenty city of Tauranga, a group of leading International street artists have been invited to create and display new artworks during the Art Festival.


The festival will run from March 28th until the end of June 2017 and will include the Oi YOU! Collection with works from Banksy on display for the first time on the North Island. The Oi YOU! Collection includes the most extensive assembly of the works of acclaimed street artist Banksy in the southern hemisphere.


A group of international and local artists will create artworks unique to Tauranga which adds to an extension festival programme of public wall paints, food, music and dance.


Paradox is described as paradoxical in its nature not only by bringing street art into a gallery but also by internationally acclaimed artists turning the city into an outdoor gallery, adding to the city’s existing display of street art.


Tauranga Art Gallery will break all the rules of the gallery space for Paradox Inside, creating a major, ground-breaking exhibition. Karl Chitham, Tauranga Art Gallery’s Director, is excited about the festival coming to the city.


“The Gallery will be transformed into an immersive street art experience with every one of our spaces dedicated to Paradox. Alongside installations by renowned street artists, we will have the Oi YOU! Collection on display featuring works by well-known and infamous personalities such as Banksy, Faile, Paul Insect, Swoon and Anthony Micallef.”


The Pacific Coastal Highway travels alongside 125 kilometres (77 miles) of white, sandy beaches, but it’s not just sun and surf that make this part of New Zealand such a popular holiday spot with both Kiwis and international visitors.


With a mild climate all year round and outstanding landscapes, this region has many outdoor activities and scenic attractions to accompany its rich culture. Just offshore, Whakaari, known as White Island – New Zealand’s only active marine volcano – offers visitors the chance to experience a geological wonder.


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