Urban art festival shifts base to Te Manawa

Pulse, the Palmerston North urban art festival launched on the street in Broadway Ave last year, has moved base to Te Manawa for its first anniversary.

Organised by Passionart creative director Neil Wallace, the festival will showcase the work of aerosol and chalk artists, parkour performers, body painters, dancers, musicians and more.

Last year the festival sprawled along the length of Broadway from The Square to Princess St, with mixed support from retailers.

Mr Wallace said the Te Manawa base would create a more defined, compact event in the heart of the city's cultural precinct.

"We have good community buy-in there in that quadrant.

"Te Manawa has welcomed us, and it also provides the festival with a wet weather option."

Given a fine day, Main St will be closed from 9am between Pitt St and Andrew Young St, allowing performers and chalk artists to spill on to the street.

The car park will also be closed.

Mr Wallace said the fact The Globe Theatre was closed off for rebuilding would add to the sense of activity and excitement rather than detract from the festival.

He said Pulse would give people a chance to observe and join in as local and national artists showed how urban art had matured.

"Some of these guys are professionals and set extremely high standards.

"Pulse provides a platform for artists to step up and show their skills and help younger kids," Mr Wallace said.

There will also be a range of workshops running.

The proceeds of an auction of canvases painted on the day will go to Youthline.

Pulse starts at noon on Saturday, April 5, continuing through into the evening.

Manawatu Standard