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Upfest to feature The Simpsons at 2018 event

17th May 2018

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In celebration of their 10th anniversary, Upfest, Europe’s largest street art festival to feature animated megastar family, The Simpsons.

Upfest will return to South Bristol in the UK from Saturday, July 28th thru Monday, July 30th with 2018 festival goers treated to renowned artist interpretations of The Simpsons --- including Homer, Marge, Bart, Lisa, and Maggie -- throughout the festival.

Upfest attracts over 400 artists painting 50 venues throughout Bedminster & Southville, Bristol. Talented artists travel from 70 countries and across the UK to paint live on 60,000 sqft of surfaces in front of 50,000 visitors. The music stages and art workshops round off a visually spectacular weekend.

This year, three Upfest artists have been selected by The Simpsons creator Matt Groening to bring The Simpsons to life in their own unique styles:

- Bao, born and based in Hong Kong, is known for her freestyle work with vibrant murals and illustrations.

- Soker, a wildstyle writer, is one of Bristol’s finest talents and has been putting his mark on the city since the late 80’s.

- And Nomad Clan, the collective of Cbloxx and AYLO, one of the most sought-after duos in the international global street art scene.

The festival has received an incredible 1,100 applications from artists from 84 different countries ranging from Denmark to South Africa, Malta, Argentina and even Nepal. Organisers are now working through the huge number of talented urban artists - which must be whittled down to 400 artists, representing every corner of the street art scene.

Steve Hayles, Upfest founder, says: “We’re incredibly pumped to be celebrating the iconic characters of The Simpsons -- it’s a show truly loved by people of all ages. 2018 marks a significant milestone for us. Being our 10th Anniversary we wanted to go big and given the global phenomenon surrounding The Simpsons makes this the perfect collaboration.”

To be the first to hear about the 10th anniversary plans as they are announced, Upfest, crafted with Posca is encouraging artists and fans to sign up to the festival’s e-newsletter via the Upfest website www.upfest.co.uk or follow the festival @Upfest.Bristol on Facebook and @upfest on Twitter and Instagram.

About the Simpsons: 

The longest-running primetime scripted show in television history, THE SIMPSONS exploded into a cultural phenomenon in 1990 and has remained one of the most groundbreaking and innovative entertainment franchises, recognizable throughout the world. Currently airing its 29th season and in production on the 30th, THE SIMPSONS has won 32 Emmy Awards, 34 Annie Awards, a 2017 People's Choice Award, was the first animated series to win a Peabody Award, and was nominated for an Academy Award in 2012 for the theatrical short "The Longest Daycare."  The Simpsons Movie was a hit feature film, their mega-attraction The Simpsons Ride at Universal Studios has received historic expansion updates with the addition of 'Springfield' and the show was honored with a Star on The Hollywood Walk of Fame in 2000. It has been named the “Best Show of the 20th Century” by Time Magazine, called the "Greatest American Sitcom" by Entertainment Weekly in 2013, and declared "The Best TV Show Ever" in 2016 by Vulture.com. 

THE SIMPSONS is a Gracie Films Production in association with 20th Century Fox Television. James L. Brooks, Matt Groening, and Al Jean are the Executive Producers. The Gracie Films Worldwide Brand Division develops and produces the licensed content for the series. Visit THE SIMPSONS website at simpsonsworld.com. “Like” the series on Facebook at facebook.com/TheSimpsons, follow Homer Simpson @HomerJSimpson and @TheSimpsons on Twitter. Join the conversation using #thesimpsons and follow The Simpsons on Instagram @TheSimpsons.

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