MONTREAL – A new arts festival will bring together avant-garde local and international artists to create murals along a two-kilometre stretch of Saint-Laurent Boulevard in downtown Montreal, organizers said Tuesday.
The busy commercial street, known as The Main, will be closed to traffic between Sherbrooke Street and Mount Royal Avenue during the Mural Festival, which takes place June 13-16.
Nearly 20 murals will be created and will remain in place until the festival’s second edition, in 2014, when some will be painted over.
Ricardo Cavolo of Spain is among the high-profile artists participating, a spokesperson said.
“This innovative initiative is a true celebration of creativity that will reaffirm The Main’s position as a must-visit destination,” said Glenn Castanheira, director general of the Societe de Developpement du Boulevard Saint-Laurent, which represents local merchants and is helping organize the event.
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