City of Cambridge
The Cambridge International Street Art Festival is a two-day event on Main Street in the downtown core of Galt, near many historic bridges and heritage buildings. Over one weekend each summer, the streets and the occasional building wall are transformed from a blank canvas in order to create works of art by professional street chalk and graffiti artists from around the world.
Once considered a form of vandalism, but now considered urban art, street chalk artists date back to the 16th century when travelling artists traversed the Italian countryside, painting streets and public squares for money. Modern graffiti has become increasingly popular since the 1960s, and now, there are festivals of varying sizes around the world, including here in Waterloo Region, to showcase this unique form of art.
Inspired by the Lake Worth Street Painting Festival in Lake Worth, Florida, the Cambridge International Street Art Festival draws a crowd of between 10,000-12,000 visitors.
In addition to the international professional street chalk artists, local artists of all ages and levels of expertise are invited to participate, along with students, children, and parents. Along with street art, there is food available from various vendors, local restaurants, and pubs in the area, as well as great music to enjoy.
The Cambridge International Street Art Festival is a not-for-profit organization mandated to bring joy and appreciation of art to the citizens of Cambridge, and is a family-friendly event that emphasizes community and family involvement.