Street-art: what to see in Roubaix for the third edition of the URBX festival?

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Three monumental frescoes are planned

As the city of Roubaix announced a few months ago, there will be fewer frescoes than in previous years during the third edition of the URBX festival. Three artists of international stature were selected this year, compared to around ten last year.

First there will be the French artist Jules Dedet, aka L’Atlas, who will create a fresco on a building on rue des Fabricants. This former graffiti artist became one of the major artists of the French scene, developing a very labyrinthine and geometric style. There will also be Vinie Graffitia Toulouse artist who has already created a monumental fresco in 2020 at the law faculty in Lille, and whose favorite character is a young girl sporting explosive, pop-art hair.

Kenia Almaraz Murillo, who will create a fresco on Avenue des Nations-Unies, is also on display in an exhibition at the Manufacture. -VDN

Finally, the Bolivian artist Kenia Almaraz Murillo, currently on display in a textile exhibition at the Manufacture de Roubaix, will create a duo work with Elliott Causse on the wall of the Pays room, avenue des Nations-Unies.

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Around ten new artists in the station car park

Rodin by Jimmy C, in the Roubaix station car park

The Urban Art project was born in the corridors and the roof terrace of the Roubaix station car park during the Covid period, in a period when art was confined. There have been two successive waves of works in 2021 and 2023, and around thirty artists are now present in this almost open-air gallery, including Miss.Tic, Jef Aérosol, Jimmy C, Cannibal Letters and Ardif.

A new series of artists will speak as part of URBX, and will be discovered during an opening June 20. The artists EZK, Zabou, Mister P, Nasty, RNST, Antoine Stevens and Kamo will be there.

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A new “jam” from the Renart collective in the Union area

The artist LEM, during the first edition of the “jam” organized at La Tossée by the Collectif Renart.
The artist LEM, during the first edition of the “jam” organized at La Tossée by the Collectif Renart.

For the third time, the Renart Collective will enhance the walls of “T03”, a derelict building in La Tossée, in the Union eco-district. After the first in 2020, then the second in 2023, a third edition is planned June 22 and 23 on the theme of gaming. This is what we call a “jam”: a session during which artists paint simultaneously, live and in public. Around ten local graffiti artists will be present, with a DJ Set from the unmissable Sebti. Also on the program, participatory stencil workshops.

Note that the Renart Collective also organizes a conference on the place of women in street art, June 19 from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. at the Ibis hotel in Roubaix.

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Live performances from Dirty Six and Reaphe at the Convent

Dirty Six, in Wazemmes.
Dirty Six, in Wazemmes.

Each in their own way, Dirty Six and Reaphe are some of the most fascinating local artists of the moment. Dirty Six, who has reached a high level in the art of portraiture, will be honored at the Couvent, in Roubaix, with an exhibition from June 6 to 30 (opening on the 6th at 6 p.m.). On June 19, don’t miss live painting workshop which he will offer at the same location, from 7 p.m. to 11 p.m.

Reaphe is an artist who lets himself be guided by improvisation.
Reaphe is an artist who lets himself be guided by improvisation.

Reaphe is a painter and graffiti artist who defines his art as being “intuitive abstract painting“. He won the 2023 edition of the Hip-hop talent competition. His improvisations are a great moment: you will be able to attend a session of this kind as part of URBX, June 18 at 8 p.m., still at the Convent. In duo with the Néocore collective on the digital art side.

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