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Street art, music, food and drink, skate demos, and art installations  —  what more could an inner-city event celebrating Hobart’s vibrant, artistic culture want?

25-26 March was one massive weekend for the inaugural Vibrance Festival. A total of eight artists created mural masterpieces with spraypaint on one main wall and three smaller walls throughout the CBD over the course of the weekend.

Art Battles were a fun addition, even if there didn’t appear to be many eager volunteers. In five minutes, two patrons would “battle it out” to see who was the better artist. A theme would be chosen from a hat, and then when time ran out, the audience would select the winner with a show of applause. Themes included “monster house”, “satellite”, and “war”.

Saturday started out slowly at 12pm, with families trickling in here and there to grab a bite to eat from the various food vans and see what the creative community had to offer. The skate demos drew a bit of a crowd. Saturday evening and night, when the bands and singers began to take centre stage, more young adults came out of the woodwork to have a bit of a drink and dance. Sunday was a lot quieter, but there were bands on again from midday and more families came throughout the afternoon. The event didn’t get over-crowded, the atmosphere was great, and the artists did an amazing job. The centrepiece of the event, an enormous ocean scene mural, transformed the bland brick wall.

It is possible that there may have been a better turn out had it been on another weekend, as it landed on the same weekend as the Day on the Lawn event with Boy & Bear and the Preatures, the Moonah Taste of the World Festival, and Relay For Life.

In all, the Vibrance Festival was an inspiring new addition to Hobart’s thriving art scene. I can’t wait to see what the team comes up with to attract patrons in future years and would definitely recommend others attend, as 2017’s showed a lot of promise.

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