Nanaimo's Mural Festival

August 5-15, 2020 in the Arts District
Russ Morland, "LURK" artist.

2020 Artists

We’ve announced our rad artist line up for the inaugural festival.

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still happening...

…just a little differently! Since the launch, we’ve been pumped on the outpouring of support from our incredible community members, partners and donors. The decision to scrap our original event plan for the inaugural 2020 festival was a tough one, but a necessary one since travel restrictions and necessary social distancing made the event no longer viable.

Big ups to all of the artists who applied, you blew us away. We had 35 submissions from all over the world, including Spain, Germany, Miami and Montreal, as well as many entries from talented locals.

As expected, we’ve cancelled all events relating to the festival. The last thing we want to do is put anyone at risk. We can’t wait to grow this event post-pandemic with a full offering of workshops, parties, battles, and stages. We connected with some amazing artists and partners this year, and can’t wait to work with them when things are better

We still want to benefit our community with beautiful public art and lay a foundation for this event to grow in the upcoming years. So, after a ton of planning and pivoting we’re proud to to announce that Nanaimo’s first mural festival will feature 3 Nanaimo artists painting 3 City-owned walls. We’re keeping it community this year.

All three pieces will still go up between August 5 to the 15, and we’ll be sharing the work online as they go! We’re grateful for the City’s support, making this event possible.

Hang tight, we’ll be announcing our artist lineup and sharing wall locations soon! Thanks for your ongoing support

Colour meets community in a celebration of street art.



Hub City Walls is Nanaimo’s mural festival.

Launching in August 2020, this distinctive event will grow Nanaimo’s public art inventory with beautiful and unique murals, and celebrate urban art and culture with the community.

Hub City Walls was created by Humanity In Community and builds on the success of their 2018 Urban Art Gallery and Open Art Wall projects. The festival will showcase diverse styles and creativity in the form of permanent, accessible wall murals and invite emerging, amateur and professional artists to participate.