Sheffield is gearing up for its biggest weekend of the year, as artists descend on the little North-West town.
Tasmazia International Mural Fest organisers are expecting around 8000 people to attend the event during the course of the week, starting from Sunday.
Judging will take place on Saturday, April 22, the same day as the ninth annual Taste of the North West. Mural Fest will have a fee of $5 for adults for the first time this year, with children free. Taste of the North West still has free entry for all patrons.
Kentish Arts Festival president Des Brown said Mural Fest’s entry fee would also cover voting for the people’s choice award.
“We have to make it sustainable as an event and we want Mural Fest to be the best in the world so we’ve got to keep growing it,” he said.
“We believe the quality of the art work is fantastic and it’s getting better every year. It’s time to put a value on people coming to see it.”
This year’s theme comes from a Karen Beattie poem – “the world is a playground, wonderful and wild. What would you see through the eyes of a child?”
Taste of the North West showcases food and beverages from the region. It will be held at King George V Park in Sheffield from 11am to 4pm on Saturday.
There will be a range of regional produce, including rabbit pies, German-style smallgoods, free range lamb sausages, pulled pork tacos, olive oil, jams, chutneys, locally produced beer, wine, cider and fruit wine, and much more.