Window to Window returns

By Simon Ruppert

The second annual Window to Window street art festival returns to Benalla on Friday.

In the mould of the increasingly popular Wall to Wall street art festival, Window to Window offers local artists the opportunity to show their work - while supporting a shop-local-at-Christmas message.

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Window to Window sub-committee member Blake Smith said the festival was a local initiative run by the Benalla Business Network.

Window to Window 2018 - Photo by Karl Phillipson

“It’s a community festival with the idea of encouraging people to get out and support local businesses this Christmas,” Mr Smith said.

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“We’ve got local artists, and others from further afield, painting shop windows around the Benalla CBD.

The HOCUS Youth Group take part in Window to Window 2018 - Photo by Karl Phillipson

“Artists have been given the creative task of embedding a Christmas icon within their design - and we are encouraging residents to find Christmas in Benalla.

“We have between 30 to 35 artists and business are taking part, but that number might change if we have late registrations.”

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Mr Smith said the festival would feature some popular local artists including ‘Skinny’, Tim Bowtell and a host of other NEA artists.

Window to Window 2018 - Photo by Karl Phillipson

“And it's not only artists taking part,” Mr Smith said.

“We have community groups, including local schools, Odessy house, Cooinda aged care, and the HOCUS youth group taking part.”

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Painting has already begun and will continue throughout the week, with the festival officially starting on Friday, when most painting will take place.

Window to Window 2018 - Photo by Karl Phillipson

Members of the public are encouraged to stop and have a chat with artists to learn more about their work and process.

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There is an event at the lakeside mural on Mair St Friday from 6 pm featuring food and drink from local suppliers and live music.

● For more information, email the Benalla Business Network at [email protected] or phone Jim Myconos on 0448 817 006.