Det är snart dags för gatukonstfestivalen No Limit Borås som går av stapeln den 4-7 september. Arbetet med festivalen har pågått länge och är i full gång så här en knapp vecka innan invigning. GF har pratat med Shai Dahan, curator och initiativtagare till festivalen om förväntningar, konstnärerna och arbetet.
1. The festival No Limit Borås is coming up between the 4-7 of september, but it has kind of already started with your big mural and some other things. Please tell us, for how long have you been planing this whole thing and when did you get the “I can do this” – sensation?
This project has started about 1.5 year ago. It was just something I kind of said during a newspaper interview about Street-Art and Graffiti. that I thought it would be great to have a big festival in Sweden since so many countries do it. Next day I got a call from the Director of the Modern Museum who was interested in how we can make it happen. The city of Borås has been very open and forward thinking when it comes to public art. With many sculptures already in the city. So the Museum director was very positive. From there, it was a long journey of meetings and presentations. Ofcourse, anytime you set out to do something for the first time, it is going to be a big challenge but I believe some of the greatest contributions to society were made by risk takers who didn’t take “NO” for an answer.
The festival is already started. I did a pre-mural of a big horse and bull which was 23 meters high. Then I did a pre-mural with EKTA and OLLIO who are also participants in the festival too.
And Natalia Rak (from Poland) arrived yesterday is now on a skylift painting her 26 meter wall as I type. Kobra arrives this sunday and ECB, ETAM cru, Peeta, London Police and many others arrive on Monday. So while the festival begins on the 4th, most will already be into their murals since they all start early.
2. What was the initial reaction from the city of Borås and others when you first presented the idea?
Surprisingly, VERY positive. I expected a lot more problems. But basically the city said “lets do it”. After that they said which walls and I was thinking that if we are going to do this, perhaps this is the only chance we get, we should go BIG. so I drove around and picked huge walls all around town. 20 meters and up. I came to the city people expecting building owners to be hesitant, but they called me a week later and said “we got all the walls”. I was shocked. It was such a great momentum to continue. After that, the paint sponsors joined, the skylift sponsors, hotels, restaurants that suddenly it became an entire city coming together to put this thing together.
3. You have one impressive lineup of street and graffiti artists, tell us about the selection process.
The selection was tough. I obviously have a mix of friends (old and new) as well as artists I have been inspired by. The original list was 100 names. But we had to narrow it down. So, I decided how to give a wide range of styles, techniques and methods. For example we got the muralists like Kobra, ETAM, Natalia, London Police. All of which are very unique in their own way. Then we have the graffiti artists like Peeta and even our very own local and extremely talented Adam Algesston. They really take Graffiti art into the next level. Really have an opportunity to make people see Graff for its ‘Art’. Then we have Issac Cordal who will be leaving miniature clay sculptures all around town. So this is something very unique. If we are fortunate enough to do it again next year, I plan to continue to show the diversity in Public Art.
4. Is everything in order before the 4th? Are there anything particular that you look forward to during these days or that you are extra nervous about?
Nothing is ever perfect. With Natalia already here, we are seeing that this is a learning process. But I have to say we are very happy how smooth everything has been so far. We feel confident that by the end the artists, the city and the building owners will all walk away happy and that is really what we set out to do so I see that as a Win!
5. Graffitifrämjandet wish you and the whole No Limit team the best of luck and we’re looking forward to one awesome festival. Peace!
Thank you and we apperciate the support by your entire team and we welcome you, your followers and all fans of street-art and graffiti to join us Sept. 4-7. we have the opening reception with the artists doing a Q&A on Sept. 4th. you can find out more about the program on www.nolimitboras.com
Kulturministern besöker festivalen
En person som har mottagit nyheten om festivalen förvånansvärt positivt är Kulturministern som gästar festivalen den 4:e september. Beskedet måste ses som smått fantastiskt med tanke på hennes tidigare uttalanden om graffiti och gatukonst. Inför besöket säger hon i en pressrelease att: - Konsten ska utmana, vara fri och ställa frågor. Det är också de förhoppningar jag har på festivalen. Det är alltid spännande att få nya konstupplevelser och jag är nyfiken på vad som kommer skapas i Borås. Eftersom ”No Limit” är Sveriges första gatukonstfestival är jag också intresserad av upplägget och hur verken tas emot av allmänheten. En organiserad gatukonstfestival kan vara ett bra sätt att tillgängliggöra kultur för många, säger kultur- och idrottsminister Lena Adelsohn Liljeroth.
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