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Little Festival to add a splash of colour in Belmont

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Belmont is set to receive a splash of colour this weekend when Little Festival lands in town.

The pop-up activation will take place in the outdoor courtyard, next to the Cassowary Café, on the corner of High Street and the Pacific Highway between 10am and noon on Saturday 18 May.

And, it’ll feature the small scale and miniature street artwork of five talented artists – Goya Torres, Dan Williams, Mitch Berrigan, 085c3n3 and Tinky.

Little Festival launched in Newcastle in October 2022… and has continued to grow ever since.

Conceived as an inclusive and diverse street art format, it’s also toured to urban areas in the Hunter, including Maitland (2023), Mayfield (2024) and New Lambton (2024).

“I noticed there was a need for more varied programming and curation in the industry,” producer Jacinta Fintan said.

“So, I developed Little Festival to address it.

“From yarn bombing and tiny art to paste-ups, sticker stories, graff and more, it’s a celebration of our urban environment and the ‘little things’ that do as much to define it as huge murals, giant billboards and acclaimed architecture.”

Fintan added everyone was looking forward to the Belmont edition of Little Festival.

“The family-friendly activation is the perfect opportunity to get the kids out of the house and explore the area’s unique shopping precinct on a Saturday morning,” she said.

“Immerse yourself in the creative process as Lake Macquarie artists Goya Torres, Dan Williams and Mitch Berrigan showcase their ‘live’ painting skills.

“Or, visitors will be able to get their hands on one of 085c3n3’s creations from the Mini Zine Library or hunt for Tinky’s newest miniature installation.”

Meet the artists

Goya Torres (Lake Macquarie LGA)

Aerosol, acrylic, charcoal, oil pastel, printmaking and collage are materials of choice for visual/street artist, mural and painter Goya Torres whose work spans across fine arts, street art and illustration.

Mitch Berrigan.

Mitch Berrigan (Lake Macquarie LGA)

An obsession with the colours and the marks on the street have led Mitch to pursuing a career in art and design. He continues to be strongly influenced by street art, with aerosol as the medium of choice.

Dan Williams.

Dan Williams (Lake Macquarie LGA)

Dan is a proud Anewan man and visual artist based on Awabakal Country. Experimentation with dot paintings inspires him to learn more about his culture.

Tinky.

Tinky (Melbourne)

Tinky gathers and assembles vintage or abandoned objects with miniscule characters and uses wordplay to create humorous dioramas in non-spaces think gutters, holes-in-the-wall in streets, buildings, laneways and curated gallery spaces.

085c3n3.

085c3n3 (Brisbane)

A multidisciplinary artist who explores the interrelationship between inspired nostalgia and the viewer role in creating a sense of place, recontextualising redundant objects, discarded machines and antiquated artmaking methods.

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