This week the Consell d’Eivissa hosted the presentation of the 12th edition of the BLOOP Festival urban art festival, which this year will be held between 4 and 24 August in different locations in the municipalities of Eivissa and Santa Eulària des Riu.
Miquel Costa, the Consell d’Eivissa’s director of Culture and Heritage, explained that the BLOOP Festival has become “a set of innovative proposals, open to everyone, which will allow young and old to enjoy the latest in Urban Art in a participatory and open way”. In this sense, he praised the BLOOP brand, assuring that it is “a benchmark, well known internationally, sometimes even more than in Eivissa, which helps to position our island as a cultural destination of reference”.
As for this year’s edition, Costa explained that “after some difficult years, the drive of Matteo Amadio and his team have made it possible to carry on with a new edition which, as has been the case in recent years, has the support of the Consell d’Eivissa and Eivissa Town Council. This year, in addition, the Santa Eulària des Riu Town Hall is joining in,” and it will be possible to see live art by the artist’s Spank, INO and Helder Cavalcante.
In short, the island’s director assured that this is the organisation’s valiant commitment to bringing the festival forward, made by the people so that they can enjoy and get closer to this art form.
For his part, Eivissa Town Council’s Councillor for Culture, Pep Tur, explained that “this initiative, which this year celebrates its 12th edition, has been held in Eivissa for seven years” and has served to highlight the value of urban art, “which is in the open air, which can be seen and which, in some cases, can even be stepped on, which means that maintenance work has to be carried out”.
In this sense, he pointed out that the BLOOP Festival is “absolutely free, something that should be valued, because they are completely open activities, with initiatives for all ages, from children to the possibility of seeing the work live, hanging from floors, even, as is the case of Nino who will make a mural with the help of a climbing equipment”.
Finally, Tur announced that this year the BLOOP experience will be “more immersive than ever” thanks to an application that can be downloaded to iPhone and Android mobile phones.
Marisol Ferrer, Santa Eulària des Riu’s Councillor for Culture, explained that “this is the first time we are taking part in this festival, which has been improved over time, especially the part aimed at children and families”.
In this sense, Ferrer explained that the activities in Santa Eulària will be concentrated in the exhibition hall on Carrer Sant Jaume with a permanent exhibition and interactive activities and workshops for children between the ages of 6 and 12, who will then be invited to participate in the creation of a mural with an artist together with the families who have taken part in the workshops, in a public space in the municipality.