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Step in the Arena

This year the international graffitti festival Step in The Arena will celebrate their 8th Edition. What back in 2010 began as a festival where young and established talents could meet, quickly grew into the unique international festival it is nowadays.

On the 17th and 18th of June more than 150 artists from the Netherlands and the rest of the world are going to make their appearance in the Eindhoven Arena, the Berenkuil. Last year there were more than 10,000 visitors, young and old, who have enjoyed the cosy, creative atmosphere that Step in the Arena brings. In this a special word of thanks to the Municipality of EindhovenEindhoven 365, Lumens, 040 Projects, Montana, Boels, De Verfkampioen, Vincent Huibers, Sticker Koning, Mr Serious, Blue Collar Hotel, 3BE, Decofiti, and Art Pure who made Step in the Arena 2017 possible. 

EMOVES 16, 17, 18 june 2017 Eindhoven
Step in the Arena and her side events are powered by EMOVES Urban Culture Festival Eindhoven. EMOVES is the largest Urban Culture Festival of the Netherlands. For three days in a row, the city is completely under the spell of hip hop and breakdance, skateboarding and BMX, graffiti and street art. 

Together with the local urban scene, artists from all over the world take care of live shows and performances, demonstrations and presentations, master classes and workshops.

See EMOVES website for more information and the full program. Check EMOVES on Facebook and Twitter(@emoves040, #emoves040) for scoops, reactions and lots of photos and videos.

Dynamo and urban Art An essential part of Urban Culture in Eindhoven is Graffitti and Street Art and it triggers allot of youth and youngsters to be creative. This is exactly why Dynamo organises the international graffiti festival Step in the Arena and many graffiti workshops and demo’s throughout the year. Dynamo has proven to be a very suitable partner when it comes down to street art productions on walls of establishments both private and business. Years of experience and a huge database of national and international artists make Dynamo fit for any graffiti request and/or job.

EMOVES, Urban Culture Festival Eindhoven is made possible by: 
Municipality of EindhovenEindhoven 365Provincie Noord-Brabant, Blendomatic, Lumens, Vincent Huibers, Blue collar hotel, 3BE, Montana, 040 Projects, Boels, de Verfkampioen, mr Serious, Sticker Koning,  Fonds voor CultuurparticipatieWoonbedrijfDynamo and Madskills

For more information check www.emoves.nl and www.facebook.com/emoves040.

Side Events Step in the Arena

Step in the Arena KidsBattle (june 14th):
The Kidsbattle will be on June 1st. The participating children (from primary schools all over Eindhoven) will get a four week course involving tips and tricks about graffiti. This years theme will be: 'Eindhoven in another world'. The children will be challenged to think about te city and their famous buildings in a completely different setting and world. The battle itself will be performed on the same ground as Step in the Arena itself: The Berenkuil.

PSV Mural
Every citizen of Eindhoven knows the ‘pink wall’ that connects the city centre with Strijp-S. This wall is located on the ‘PSV laan’ and screaming for a creative street art touch. This year PSV is going to take the first step. Studio Giftig, also known from our ‘The Sound of Strijp-S Wall’ is going to paint a 25mtr long mural which will introduce the new PSV outfit for season 2017 / 2018. The theme is PSV and the artists will combine photorealistic portrets with abstract forms. Studio Giftig will start on the 14th of June en it’s going to be finished around the 28th of June. In the past Step in the Arena organized the graffiti kidsbattle in the Philips Stadion and is proud that we may announce this mural as a side project of our main festival Step in the Arena (17 and 18 of june, Berenkuil) this year.

On top of the Arena Mural
On top of the Berenkuil there’s is small abandoned house. Ever since the beginning of Step in the Arena we want to paint those walls. This year the municipality of Eindhoven contacted us and gave us permission. The house will be painted in Step in the Arena Style, because it’s so close to the Berenkuil. In other words on each wall another artists with total freedom to do what they do best. The line up is: Woodland (D), ZIME and Sektie (EHV-NL), SWET (DK) and Mister (EHV-NL)

#VIRANVANDALS is an exhibition about the second life of graffiti. Going virtually viral will replace the street in the quest for even greater visibility. New forms of expression emerge and the DNA of the scene changes irreversibly. A monument to the international, online graffiti community – young creators and global icons – in Eindhoven. The exhibition takes place at MU from May 5 till July 2, 2017. During EMOVES there will be a different program with seminars and much more.

Besides the exhibition, MU and EMOVES are organising #VIRALVANDALTALKS in which MU host Isolde Hallensleben will discuss the future of graffiti at the crossroad of the real and virtual world. 
More info: http://emoves.nl/2017/05/special-during-emoves-viralvandalstalks/

Book release: Sorry for the damage done
#VIRALVANDALS is also doing a book release on the 16th of june. Starting point for this remarkable project was the discovery of a massive image database of graffiti in Eindhoven. When authors Vincent Wittenberg and Wladimir Manshanden stumbled upon this bizarre collection, they immediately appreciated its historic value. Sorry for the damage done represents three percent of the entire database: over seven hundred chronologically ordered photographs of graffiti and stickers along with their 'cleaned-up' counterparts. For more info about this book release: https://www.facebook.com/events/651823635007740/

4608 & Fabian Sigurd, Boyscout, Brad Downey, Eewan, Good Guy Boris, Loiq, Mobstr, MOSES&TAPS™, MVIN, Nawas, Nug & Pike, Rage,Sauli Sirviö, TOY Crew, Utah & Ether, Veli & Amos, Zelle Asphaltkultur

Co-Curators: Jasper van Es & Good Guy Boris

Where: MU, Eindhoven
When: from may 5th till july 2th
Tickets: Normal €5, Student €3

For more info about this side event check: http://www.mu.nl/nl/exhibitions/viralvandals