It´s about time for IBUG No 12! This year, the well known festival for urban art and culture goes down in the saxonian metropolis of Chemnitz, Germany. During summer a long forgotten special purpose machines factory called SPEMAFA or formerly „VEB Spezialmaschinenfabrik“ becomes a temporary venue for the colourful exhibition. In mid-August more than 100 artists travel to the brownfield in west-saxony and transform this remnant of GDR-industry, once built in 1889 by the brothers Unger, into an synthesis of the arts by street art and graffiti, illustrations and installations, murals and multimedia projects.
Again creative folks from all over the world announced themselves for ibug 2017. There´ll be familiar faces like Tasso (Meerane), Quintessenz (Berlin), Kera (Berlin), Guido Zimmermann (Frankfurt), Zonenkinder (Hamburg), Hifi (Dortmund) or Julia Humpfer (Stuttgart) as well as international guests including Nespoon (Poland), Chromeo and Taina (Switzerland), Madame Moustache and BenjAMIN Duquenne (France), Sanne Maloe Slecht and ZZNNArt (Netherlands), Koctel and Necko (Spain), Koz Dos and Luca di Maggio (Italy), Kid Crayon, Wasp Elder and Malarko (Great Britain), Dima Fatum and Maria Uvarova (Ukraine), Said Dokins and Eva Bracamontes (Mexico), Stephen Swartz (USA), Wartin Pantois (Canada) or Robolito (Brazil).
The results of the creative phase are open to public once from the 25th to the 27th of August and again between the 1st and 3rd of September. A colorful program frames the festival, offering movies of and about the urban art scene, artist-talks, panel-discussions and an art market. Joining one of the guided tours visitors get an insight into ibug´s, as well as the brownfield´s history, background information about the artworks and their makers and a lot of amusing or interesting stories about the last 10 years of the festival. Afterwards they can relax and lean back in the openair pub, listening to some chilled tunes and enjoy the unique atmosphere.
Beyond the festival itself, the ibug spreads deeper into the city this year. Before and during the creative phase vacant shops and facades along the Brühl, one of the main shopping roads in Chemnitz, serve as a canvas for the ibug-artists.
Date: 25th to 27th of August & 1st to 3rd of September
Venue: SPEMAFA – former special purpose machine factory (Lerchenstraße 12, 09111 Chemnitz, Germany)
Opening hours: on Fridays from 3 pm, Saturdays and Sundays from 10 am. Last Entry: 7 pm. Beergarden Fridays and Saturdays from 7 pm.
Admission: 7 Euro per day, 5 Euro reduced price, festivalticket for the whole weekend 10 Euro