METROPOLINK - Festival for urban arts
METROPOLINK has changed the perspectives on the city since 2015. More than 50 renowned artists from all over the world, including stars of the scene such as Bordalo II, Hendrik Beikirch, Sam3 or Herakut, visited Heidelberg and its region for creating art on huge public walls or buildings. Facades of houses and public spaces are transformed into works of art. The festival under the patronage of Heidelberg Lord Mayor Eckart Würzner is closely linked to urban development. METROPOLINK understands artistic interventions in public space as a way of regaining it for the community. Public exchange is possible and desired. Cultural bridges should be beaten in a visual context.
In cooperation with the international building exhibition Heidelberg (IBA), the fifth edition of METROPOLINK-Festival for urban arts will begin the transformation of a former US-Military-Settlement into the urban district of the future. Patrick Henry Village (PHV), which is currently also used as a registration center for refugees, will be a pilot project for art, culture, knowledge and innovative living.
With the conversion of the former supermarket on the site into a center for urban art (PX FACTORY), Metropolink is also pursuing a sustainable and medium term concept in order to establish Heidelberg as a beacon for urban art, digitization processes and modern urban development
PHV is the last real free space that still exists here. That’s why it’s only logical for us, as an innovative festival, to create a world of high-end Streetart in this open space. In PX-Factory we have room and a space for all our materials and can finally expand our workshop offer. With the great exhibition-concept we finally have more possibilities to invite our artists, showing what they are able to realize in an inside-space.
In the festival period from 5 to 20 July 2019, therefore, not only the former US-Military-Settlement will be designed by a large number of renowned international artists: During the two weeks, there will also be concerts, workshops, film screenings and a variety of participatory formats which will allow the visitors to take a look into the future of the district.
And of course: Metropolink will design 6 walls in Heidelberg, 1 large grain silo in Schwäbisch Hall and 1 beautiful object in Walldorf.