Upfest launch BSL guided street art walking tour

Upfest launch BSL guided street art walking tour

Posted on: 11 Jun 2021

Explore the vibrant streets of Bedminster with deaf artist Martin Glover.


The team behind world-renowned street art showcase Upfest have announced a new addition to their walking tour programme, with an all-new BSL (British Sign Language) tour set to take place in BS3 this month.


On Sunday 20 June, deaf artist and experienced guide Martin Glover will lead attendees through the streets of Bedminster to tell stories of Upfest and explore the event's hidden history.


Spaces are available exclusively to BSL users and designated support people, with the tour set to last approximately two hours.

Six Sisters in Bedminster.

Speaking on the announcement of the new tour, Upfest founder Stephen Hayles said: “At Upfest, inclusion is a huge part of our reason for creating the festival and at the heart of how we operate.


“To be able to make this tour available to the deaf community is incredible. We’re so lucky to have Martin as part of the team as an expert in BSL guided tours.


“It’s important that everyone gets the best experience possible and that everyone has the chance to experience street art to its maximum potential.”


Despite primarily being an annual event, Upfest is a pillar of Bristol's internationally-recognised street art scene, working with local artists to host a wide range of workshops, tours, art sessions and more.


Most recently, the Upfest team announced the completion of their Six Sisters project (pictured above), officially unveiling the UK's largest mural to be produced entirely by female artists.


Tickets for Upfest's BSL walking tour, taking place at 10:00 on Sunday 20 June, are available now via Yuup. Partially funded by Arts Council England and DCMS, places can be booked for free with code 'UpfestBSL'.


For more information, or to follow news and updates as Upfest prepare for the return of their flagship event later this year, head to the festival's website or find them on Twitter.

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Matt Robson


Editor - 365Bristol.com & LOUD Magazine

Matt is a Journalism graduate and writer, passionate about supporting Bristol music, art and independent business. Get in touch via email at matt@365bristol.com.