An internationally known festival for urban art and culture, ibug is both a lab for international urban artists and a way of life. Traditionally taking place during the last weekend in August somewhere in West Saxony, the renowned festival is now coming back for its twelfth strong edition. This year, ibug 2017 will take place in the city of Chemnitz, opening it for Street Art, Graffiti and multimedia artists from all over the world. Founded in 2006 by the street artist Tasso, the festival is a unique blend of genres, styles, materials and techniques, welcoming the creativity of each participating artist into a synthesis of the arts. Each time taking place in an industrial brownfield, ibug aims to revive the abandoned by contemporary, urban art in order to remember the forgotten. With the remains of Saxonian industrial culture and its history in focus, this annual experiment interlinks history, culture and architecture.
Ibug 2017 will take place in the remains of the VEB Spezialmaschinenfabrik (SPEMAFA), a former factory for special purpose machines. The area will be transformed by more than 100 artists from all over the world, creating a synthesis of the arts by Street Art and Graffiti, illustrations and installations, murals and multimedia projects. The festival will be accompanied by a colorful program of movies, panel discussions, guided tours, artist talks, an art market and of course parties. The festival continues to serve the people as an inspiration for the development of their region.
This year, more than 100 artists from all over the globe will start painting, spraying, illustrating and reshaping the area next to the street Lerchenstraße in mid-August. There will be familiar faces like Tasso from Meerane, Quintessenz from Berlin, Kera from Berlin, Guido Zimmermann from Frankfurt, Zonenkinder from Hamburg, Hifi from Dortmund or Julia Humpfer from Stuttgart, as well as international guests including Nespoon from Poland, Chromeo and Taina from Switzerland, Madame Moustache and BenjAMIN Duquenne from France, Sanne Maloe Slecht and ZZNNArt from Netherlands, Koctel and Necko from Spain, Koz Dos and Luca di Maggio from Italy, Kid Crayon, Wasp Elder and Malarko from Great Britain, Dima Fatum and Maria Uvarova from Ukraine, Said Dokins and Eva Bracamontes from Mexico, Stephen Swartz the USA, Wartin Pantois from Canada or Robolito from Brazil, among the others.
Taking place during two art-packed weekends, the festival will be framed by a colorful program comprised of movies about the urban art scene, artist-talks, panel-discussions and an art market. Visitors can also take guided tours to get an insight into the history of ibug and the brownfield, as well as the background of the artworks and their makers. The visitors can also relax in the open-air pub, listen to some great tunes and enjoy the unique atmosphere.
On Saturday, August 26th, the festival will also organize a remarkable panel-discussion exploring the potential of vacant city spaces. Titled Brownfields for the Branches – Vacancy Utilization by Culture And Creative Industries, the panel will explore how festivals and other creative concepts for brownfields can affect the development of a city or region. Artists, property-owners, and representatives of the Saxonian local authorities will discuss the possibilities of the area, their expectations, how these vacancies can be used in a sustainable way, and many other important questions. The panel is the result of the cooperation between ibug, KulturTragWerk Sachsen e.V., Chemnitzer Wirtschaftsförderungs- und Entwicklungsgesellschaft mbH and the Sächsischen Zentrum für Kultur- und Kreativwirtschaft.
Located in the city of Chemnitz, Germany, the former factory for special-purpose machines VEB Spezialmaschinenfabrik (SPEMAFA) was founded in 1889 by Brothers Unger. Abandoned in 1997, the venue has been long forgotten. The festival will now repurpose this impressive remnant of GDR-industry, transforming it into a canvas for artists from all around the world.
The Location of ibug 2017
ibug Urban Art Festival 2017 – Practical Information
Ibug 2017 will take place during two festival weekends at SPEMAFA in Chemnitz from August 25th until August 27th and again from September 1st until September 3rd, 2017. The doors of the festival will be open from 3 p.m to 7 p.m. on Fridays and from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays. The Beergarden will be open from 7 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays. The price of the daily ticket will be 7 EURO (5 EURO reduced price) and the price of the whole weekend ticket will be 10 EURO. For more information, visit the official website of the festival.
Featured images: Ibug 2016. Photo by Patrick Richter; Ibug 2017. DISTRIKT, Photo by Kulturtragwerk Sachsen; bug 2016. Photo by Patrick Richter; Ibug 2015. Photo by Patrick Richter; Ibug 2014, Crimmitschau; Ibug 2013, Zwickau; Ibug 2012, Glauchau; Ibug 2011, Meerane; Ibug 2007, Meerane. All images courtesy of ibug.