Boon Street Art Festival to help revitalize Dinsdale with love and color

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The Boon Street Art Festival is coming to Dinsdale. Picture / Provided

Boon Street Art Festival is back on track and ready to bring love and color to Hamilton’s suburb of Dinsdale at the end of this month.

The much-loved festival, now in its seventh year, has been invited to Dinsdale by local community groups as part of an approach to revitalizing the often underappreciated suburb.

Festival director Craig McClure said Boon was excited to connect communities with art.

“The local Dinsdale defenders made some noise; Boon got the boost and here we are, doing it,” he said.

Artists from Hamilton, Aotearoa and around the world will brighten up the suburbs from November 25-27. New Boon works will also be created in the CBD.

Those going to paint the town (not just red) include local artists Garreth and Lesley Steiner, Pounamu Wharekawa and Brya Rose, Bay of Plenty artist Te Marunui Hotene, Wellington artists Stephen Templer and Chimp, artist American Tony Diaz and Japanese artist Koryu Aoshima.

Before moving to Dinsdale, Boon’s team had a few meetings with locals to hear community thoughts.

Boon co-founder Paul Bradley says: “From the conversations we’ve had in Dinsdale, it’s clear there’s so much love and pride in the area. The new murals are our way to celebrate that and make it visible.”

On Friday November 25 and Saturday November 26, Boon will host a family event at Dinsdale stores, featuring food trucks, stalls and performances from local schools including Fraser High and Rhode Street School.

Visitors can see artists hard at work transforming bland walls into dazzling murals.

Hamilton Arts Trust chairman Iain White said Boon’s team invites everyone to come and see the new murals take shape.

“Boon brings fun, energy, creativity and aroha…Watch us paint over the festival weekend and enjoy the vibe.”

The festival’s contribution to Dinsdale’s new paint job is supported by Boon sponsors like Foster Construction and Resene Paints, alongside Hamilton City Council.

To catch all the festival action, head to Boon Street Art Festival’s website and follow @boonstreetart on Youtube, Facebook, instagram and Twitter.

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