Frankston’s graffiti tours up for award

Frankston City Council’s Street Art Walking Tours have been recognized as one of the best tourist experiences in the country.

The tours have been shortlisted for the Australian Street Art Awards 2021 Best Street Art Tour category following a rigorous judging process, including a second tier audit and due diligence check.

“This is fantastic recognition of Frankston’s burgeoning art scene. A canvas for some of the best street artists in the world, Frankston City is an iconic arts and cultural destination,” said Frankston Mayor Nathan Conroy.

“Fueled by the annual Big Picture Fest, each mural is an epic display of color, creativity and movement, and together they have been a catalyst for Frankston’s perceptual and physical transformation.”

The Mayor added that the 90-minute walking tours were developed by Council in 2018 to create a tangible experience around the City’s street art and to encourage residents and visitors to explore and discover delights unexpected.

“Led by knowledgeable local guides, tours are a deep dive into the unique and inspiring works of art that follow the Inner City Street Art Trail (2019 Australian Street Art Wards finalist) through the city’s streets and alleyways “, said the mayor.

Frankston State Member Paul Edbrooke said, “Amazing to see another example of how our community is winning through the partnership between the state government and the Council, with Frankston once again making waves on the national scene.

“It’s clear that opportunities like this drive tourism, economic development and jobs in our community,” Edbrooke said.

Director of the Australian Street Art Awards, Liz Rivers, said: “Being shortlisted for the awards cements Frankston’s reputation as an ideal destination for those seeking visually stunning experiences, with the city center home to 40 stunning works of art. .

The Australian Street Art Awards were established in 2018 and recognize destinations that use outdoor art to attract visitors, boost their economy and engage the local community.

The winners in the 11 categories of the Australian Street Art Awards 2021 will be announced on Friday during an online celebration.

The council’s tourism and campaign marketing coordinator, Amy Parsons, said the Frankston street art walking tours were a great way for people to experience the creative energy of the city of Frankston.

“Our street art helps create a sense of place, an identity for Frankston that builds on the reputation that our town is evolving. Attendees are mesmerized by the inspiration behind these works of art, created by some of the world’s best street artists.

“Our local guides share these stories. It’s a vibrant urban art experience that you don’t have to travel to Melbourne for,” said Miss Parsons.

Street art walking tours are 90 minutes long, cost $15 per person, include a hot drink, are family-friendly, and offer access to all abilities with small groups under 10 people and private tours available on demand.

Reservations are essential via https://www.discoverfrankston.com/things-to-do/tours/frankston/street-art-walking-tours

During the Big Picture Fest from March 14-20, tours will be free, allowing attendees to see the artists at work as they bring the total number of murals to over 50. The festival features renowned street artists creating vibrant, cutting-edge artwork on buildings and in the alleyways of Frankston’s CBD.

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