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All of the Uprising events are free of charge so get down early to make sure you don’t miss out. strictly first come first served.

August 22nd - 26th Artist painting in various locations around the town centre. Have a walk around the town see the murals taking shape and chat with the artists.

Thursday 22nd August

Opening party pop up art gallery show and festival Launch by Gallery,
Location: Buttsworth Bros, Drake street and Fleece street corner.

Free Drinks sponsored by NORTHERN MONK REFECTORY // MCR.
A great way to kick off the festival, come grab yourself a drink and have first pick at the gorgeous art for sale.

Saturday 24th August 


Free Drop-In Screen Printing
11am - 5pm
Location: Champness Hall Drake street

Manchester Screen Printing legends one69A will host a free drop in screen printing workshop throughout the day featuring 3 designs by Uprising artists

Come try your hand at screen printing and walk away with your own Uprising tea towel / tote bag

Paint Jam curated by

12pm - 6pm
Location: Market Square 
Music by Taste The Diff'rence DJs
Local and national artist will be painting live in the market square.

7pm - 10:30pm 
Location: The Baum Toad Lane
OverDrawn is an artist lead interactive live art experience which has been packing out venues in and around Manchester over the last 4 years. It has grown over the years and now has an impressive following of artists and spectators, who turn out weekly to the event.

OverDrawn will takeover The Baum in Rochdale, every surface will be covered in white paper for spectators and the public to draw onto. It's a social event for reducing the barriers of anxiety around drawing, accompanied by great music and spectating talented local illustrators. It mixes artists and public in one space putting everyone on the same page.

Sunday 25th August 


Artist Talks
2pm - 4pm
Location: The Rochdale Market & Food Hall 3rd floor
Q&A -

Have you ever wanted to ask an artist or curator a question or their opinion on something...? Well, now’s the time to do so! Join our talks to openly discuss a series of topics and issues, or just have a listen to what these creative minds have to say.

Talk with Yasha Young, the director and brains behind Berlin's Urban Nation; the first museum of its kind dedicating its space to street art from around the world.
Find out what Yasha thinks of today's Street Art and Graffiti scene, and how she believes things will change over the next few years.

Talk with Tony Kelzo, ' kELzO ', Manchester, UK graffiti artist since 1984, part of the Hip Hop youth movement of the mid 1980's and internationally renowned. Kelzo first gained notoriety when he turned the inner city area of Hulme in Manchester into one of the biggest outdoor graffiti art galleries in Europe at the time.
The area was condemned for demolition in 1991 but became a hotbed for a variety of art movements, anarchists, intellectuals and squatters alongside its close proximity to Manchester University. kELzO and associates painted the whole area top to bottom for 6 years and also organised international graffiti events known as the "Smear Jams". These parties attracted all kinds of people from graffiti artists, photographers, break-dancers, punks and performers from all over the globe.
Come find out more about Kelzos story and hear about the underground history of Manchester.

Talk with the London Police - Official - The London Police are one of the most stylistically recognised duos in the urban art movement. They have been painting murals and travelling the globe for over a decade now, come listen to and find out how the London Police formed, what it’s like working as a street artist duo and how the scene has changed since they started out.

Sunday 25th Uprising Closing Party 

Location: The Flying Horse Hotel 7pm-11pm
DJ sets by Strategy (Broke'n'£nglish)
and Meme Gold (NTS).

Sunday 25th & Monday 26th August 
Mural tour
12 pm and 4pm each day meet at the Urban Artistry Gallery 10 mins before time listed. Tours last 1.5hours 

Location: Urban Artistry Gallery
Butterworth Bros
14 Drake Street,
OL16 1NT

Tours led by Inspiring City Street Art tours. Your chance to hear all about the murals and the artists that created them in situ. Be one of the first to take pictures of the final pieces!


Find out who will be hosting what and when!


Pop up Urban Artistry's rough diamond gallery


A diverse panel of accomplished guests will be delivering their unique experiences in the creative industry via a series of talks. Expect Urban Art, hip hop, Mancunian heritage and more! 


For all your evening needs, we have a feast of live music, live art and more


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