Street art festival Wall to Wall will liven up Murray Bridge’s CBD

Street artists from around Australia will descend on Murray Bridge from April 10-15. Photo: Ed Whitfield/Wall to Wall Festival.

A nationally renowned street art festival is coming to Murray Bridge this April.

Wall to Wall Festival, which until this year has been a regular fixture in Benalla, Victoria – regional Australia’s “street art capital” – will instead come here from April 10-15.

Five artists will descend on Murray Bridge’s CBD to paint murals at five as-yet-undisclosed locations.

Locals will be able to take guided or self-guided tours around the area, learning about the different artists, their stories, motivations and styles.

The festival’s focal point will be a free, all-ages event on Sixth Street on the Sunday, April 14.

Murray Bridge Mayor Wayne Thorley suggested he was pretty keen.

“Council is thrilled to see this exciting event unfold, not only as a celebration of public art, but also a significant catalyst for economic growth, by attracting visitors from across our region and beyond,” he said.

Artists from Melbourne collective Juddy Roller will descend on Murray Bridge this April. Photo: D.R.E.Z./Instagram.

More than 60 murals have been painted on walls around Benalla since the annual festival began in 2015.

This year it will take place at two locations, with the other being the suburb of Mordialloc, in southeastern Melbourne.

The festival is organised by Juddy Roller, a Melbourne arts collective which had previously been contracted to paint a large-scale mural on Murray Bridge’s silos.

After two years of delays, that project was finally cancelled last September after the state Department for Infrastructure and Transport refused to approve it.

Some of the themes which came out during a public consultation about the silo artwork – fishing, nature, local history – will be used in the new murals.

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