Frankston’s spectacular Big Picture Fest returns, elevating street art to global prominence

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Frankston’s spectacular Big Picture Fest returns, elevating street art to global prominence

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Words by Talia Rinaldo

The legendary street art festival is set to transform Frankston’s buildings and laneways this March. 

In the heart of Frankston, where laneways whisper stories of creativity and urban flair, this March will see the return of an extraordinary spectacle that ignites the senses and celebrates the pulse of street art culture. 

From the 18 to the 24 of March, Frankston transforms into a vibrant canvas as The Big Picture Festival, alongside its electrifying Block Party on the 22nd, mesmerising locals and visitors alike.

Big Picture Fest

  • Frankston’s Big Picture Fest is becoming one of the world’s premier street art festivals
  • It will run from 18 March through 24 March, 2024
  • It’s totally free, and includes a Park Lane Block Party on March 22

Stay up to date with what’s happening within the region’s art scene here

The Big Picture Fest: Frankston’s immersive art gallery

A highlight in the cultural calendar in Greater Melbourne and for art-lovers across the state since 2018, the annual event sees some of the world’s best street artists come to town and turn local structures into the latest and hottest street art features. Frankston is already home to nearly more than 70 striking street artworks from previous festivals, with that total expected to swell by the time the 2024 Big Picture Fest wraps up. 

This year, eleven artists hailing from around the globe will converge for The Big Picture Fest, turning ordinary spaces into breathtaking murals, and igniting a riot of colours and imagination. Under the open sky, witness masterpieces unfold as artists like graffiti/mural artist JEKS from the USA, Australian multidisciplinary street artist VEXTA known for her cosmic creations, and renowned colourblind urban fine artist GOMAD from the Netherlands infuse the city with their creative essence.

While patrons will have the opportunity to see the streets come to life first-hand – and maybe even meet the artists behind it all, it’s not just about observing art; it’s about living and breathing it.

Dive into a myriad of experiences as the free festival unfolds its wonders with digital projections, exhibitions, and miniature dioramas, guaranteeing an immersive and engaging experience for patrons of all ages. Catch glimpses of miniature marvels scattered by acclaimed local miniature artist TINKY, or marvel at the colourful feminine creations from Peruvian street artist BRONIK. Stop by the Cube Gallery and immerse yourself in a futuristic installation by Spanish artist DEMSKY

For an immersive experience, book a free 60-minute guided Street Art walking tour, unravelling the secrets of Frankston’s artistic soul, crowned the Best Street Art Tour in Australia for two consecutive years. These tours are led by local guides who will take you on a journey to discover all of the city’s best street art – both existing artwork and the ones in progress.

The Block Party: Frankston’s Night of Art, Music, and Revelry

The festival isn’t all just street art and paintings. As the sun sets on the week-long event, the city comes alive with The Block Party, a crescendo of beats, live art, and culinary delights against the backdrop of Frankston’s street art.

Taking place from 4:30pm on Friday 22 March, Frankston’s Park Lane will transform into an urban oasis, offering a fusion of music and artistry. Lose yourself in the rhythm with performances by GUT HEALTH, Bananagun, Milku and more, while AV projections by Franz the Wizard cast a spellbinding aura (a Block Party exclusive!). Watch artists create their iconic artworks, or indulge in a range of local eats and drinks, with the likes of Pirate Life, Hickinbotham of Dromana, This Spirited Lot Jinee’s Kitchen, Gelato Messina, and Lekker Lekker popping up on site. 

Entry is free, the vibe is chilled and the entertainment is next level.

Yet, beyond the festival’s magnetic allure lies Frankston’s vibrant cityscape, ready to enchant explorers. Discover rooftop bars like Lona Hotel, where libations flow against a backdrop of panoramic views. Unwind at Humdinger, a garden bar exuding a rock vibe, or sip cocktails at Oliver’s Corner, overlooking Frankston’s waterfront. Or, paired perfectly with art, dive into the craft beer scene at The Hop Shop, or savour the culinary delights at Nature Café Bar, where every bite is a work of art.

For those seeking a cultural escape, venture into McClelland Sculpture Park and Gallery, where art intertwines seamlessly with nature, offering a serene retreat for art lovers.

Fast becoming one of the world’s premier street art festivals, the free Big Picture Fest is the must-attend event in Frankston for the year. 

You can follow the event on Facebook and Instagram @thebigpicturefest. For more information, head to the events website here.

This article was made in partnership with Frankston City Council.