Is the London Mural Festival a Gentrification Project?

August 20, 2020

In September, London sees the arrival of the first incarnation of the the London Mural Festival. The citywide event will see over 50 artist paint murals in areas like Tower Hamlets, Hackney, Wembley and Canary Wharf.

Whilst many have been eagerly awaiting the arrival of a large-scale arts festival in London, let's be honest, we could all use something to look forward to right now, Having seen the model of festival organisers Global Street Art in Shoreditch, I think it's important we question the intentions of their legacy.

The festival is due to take place in some of the most culturally diverse neighbourhoods in one of the most culturally diverse cities in the world, an imperative factor to consider in the programming and curation.

In this video I go further into detail about the model of those behind the festival. My aim is to build a vision of what may lay in store for the future of the communities impacted by the festival and ask the questions that I believe should be asked.

2020 has been a year that has demanded change, demanded us all to be better, in order to lead us forward festivals such as the London Mural Festival must learn from the past. From inception to execution the identity of communities such events impact must be paramount. We have an obligation to read the room and to understand how our actions impact the world.

- Doug