Thursday, February 12, 2015 11:00 AM
Cancun International Street Art Festival: Coloring the Riviera Maya
WAD (World Art Destinations) is an organization that was
born in response to the growing need of new niches for the development of the
art industry in the state of Quintana Roo, or anywhere else in Mexico that wishes
to be recognized as an art destination. For the second year in a row, WAD is
organizing the International Street Art Festival, which took place last year in
Holbox and Isla Mujeres, and now hits the big city of Cancun from February 21 -
FIAP (Festival Internacional de Arte Publico) is an
itinerant festival that uses a chosen environment to allow local artists and
artists from around world to converge in the same space and interpret their
vision of that environment through their own unique art. The goal is to create a social identity and to
help developing a growing art destination.
The Blue Parrot beach club in Playa del Carmen held a press conference
last Friday February 6th to launch the 2nd edition of the
FIAP. The director of WAD, Jahaziel
Soriano, presented the newest edition of this festival along with Ximena de
Cordova PR for OVC (Cancun Convention & Visitors Bureau), Liz Rashell, art
director for WAD, and Chikizz Ramone, local artist FIAP 2015.
This year, the festival welcomes 20 local
Mexican artists and 10 international artists from various countries such as
Japan (Yoh Nagao), New Zealand (Aaron Glasson), Canada (Jeremy Shantz, Jason
Botkin, Kevin Ledo), Argentina (Lucas Parbo), Brazil (Narcelio Grud), Colombia (Ledania,
Stinkfish), and USA (Spencer Keeton Cunningham).
The 30 artists will interpret their vision of the big city
through murals (17), installations (14), graffiti (4) and urban public
interventions (7). This amazing festival will take place in various locations
throughout Cancun. You can access a map as well as the program on their website
And of course, the BuyPlaya crew will happily be there to
discover this wonderful and unique festival that will transform this city into
colorful and amazing artwork!
Photo Credit: Andrea Ruiz Perron & WAD (World Art Destinations)
Andrea Ruiz Perron was born and raised in Montreal by a
Mexican mother and a French Canadian father.
She studied cinema and photography in Argentina and Montreal, and has
now been living in Playa del Carmen for a total of 6 years. Both her Mexican
and Canadian roots are an important influence on her identity and how she
perceives the world through her photography and writing as the Girl Friday for
BuyPlaya Real Estate Advisors www.buyplaya.com
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