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Was in Birmingham last month for the City Of Colours festival. Some wonderful street artists from all over the world came to add their unique vibrancy to the city.


Phlegm’s new piece a highlight of the festival.


Nice to have the chance to watch the artists at work and see the pieces evolve.


Jimmy C at work on a typically colourful piece.


Splendid three-piece wall by Broken Fingaz, all the way from Israel.


Zabou’s wall was impressive ~ can’t beat a bit of eye contact to keep you looking.


Julia yubaba kindly took a moment out from creating her ‘Pink Rabbits’ wall to pose for a portrait. The muted colours of her piece really worked.


Golden Boy working on his signature image of (I discovered as I took this photo) Jeffrey Dahmer as a child…


The finished wall in glorious technicolor.


The festival was well attended and superbly organised. An overriding sense was one of community. Lots of artists more than happy to stop and chat and great to see so many different approaches & techniques on show.

One of the things I’ve noticed having been to a few similar events is the amazing range of people so positively enthused and inspired by street art, from the very young to the very old. By the necessity of their location the events also generate a whole new atmosphere in parts of cities that have been all too often allowed to fall into dereliction and decline.

Hoping that we can do it all over again in 2017.