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Feb 19, 2019

Street Art Festival 2019 Takes Place This Weekend

The ninth edition of Street Art Festival takes place this weekend in downtown Belize City.  The festival is the premier event of the National Institute of Culture and History, through the Institute of Creative Arts and showcases the talent of artists in all aspects—painting, drawing, dancing, music and fashion. There will be live arts, a kids’ zone, a youth stage and the sidewalk chalk competition. This year, however, the traditional Maya sport pok-ta-pok will be played in front of the courthouse on Regent Street. Organizer Karen Vernon of ICA told News Five more about the fun-filled family event.


Karen Vernon

Karen Vernon, Organizer, Street Art Festival 2019

“Apart from our regulars like the sidewalk chalk competition, which this year has a theme—your appointment with history, April 10th, 2019; it’s from the I.C.J. Referendum Unit. The sidewalk chalk competition takes place in the little street between Belize Bank and the park. There is the food court, which is always popular; we have live music there. The artists booths on Albert Street; there is the kids’ zone and there will be the fashion street back with us this year and that’s between King and Bishop Street. The youth stage is always there and they will be done in front of Channel Seven. And new with us this year is the Pok-ta-Pok ball game and that will happen at five p.m. on Regent Street in front of the Supreme Court and as usual we have the street entertainment, pandemonium steel pan, juniors and seniors; jankunu dancers will be there. We have the stilt walkers from Arenal and they will be interacting with the public all up and down Albert Street, so it is an exciting time.”

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