Media Release: Nanaimo Mural Festival Announced

mural of blue woman wearing pink sunglasses, with text that says August 5-15th, Nanaimo, BC.

Nanaimo Mural Festival Announced

First Annual Hub City Walls to Take Place August 5-15

The Hub City is about to get more colourful, with five new murals coming to the Nanaimo Arts District this summer. Earlier today, the Humanity In Community Foundation announced the launch of Nanaimo’s newest event, Hub City Walls, an annual mural festival and celebration of the urban arts. 

Building on the success of the 2018 Urban Art Gallery and Open Art Wall projects, the festival will be produced and managed by the street art duo and founders of Humanity in Community— Humanity In Art, comprised of Lys Glassford and Lauren Semple. The inaugural Hub City Walls festival will take place from August 5th to August 15th in the downtown core. This distinctive festival will bring five murals to life over the course of the ten-day event. The final day, August 15, will feature festivities to celebrate the finished murals, local community, and the urban arts, including a block party, mainstage, art market, demonstrations, dancing, and more.

The Humanity In Community Foundation has partnered with the City of Nanaimo, Tourism Nanaimo, and is partially funded by the City’s Downtown Event Revitalization Funding.  Hub City Walls is currently seeking sponsors, community partners, and wall donors for the event. To download the 2020 Sponsorship Brochure, please visit

The artist application period is now open at and all emerging, amateur and professional artists are invited to submit their portfolio and concepts. Submissions will be accepted until 11:59 PM, March 6th, 2020. Selected artists and wall locations will be announced at a later date.


“The City of Nanaimo is proud to fund Hub City Walls which celebrates the incredible talents of our local artists and showcases their art to the many people who will enjoy ten wonderful days of creativity in our gem of a city.”  

Mayor Leonard Krog | City of Nanaimo

“Humanity in Community has already contributed so much to the cultural fabric of Nanaimo, in beautifying spaces in the downtown core and re-defining the value of a blank wall. Tourism Nanaimo is thrilled to celebrate the inaugural Hub City Walls event and to support local and visiting artists, as well as the legacy they will leave.”

Karen Bannister | Executive Director, Tourism Nanaimo


Media Contact:

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Humanity In Community (HIC) is a Registered Non-Profit foundation with a public art mandate and demonstrated commitment to contributing to the quality of life and cultural fabric of the City of Nanaimo. Since its inception in December 2017, HIC has been dedicated to building a vibrant arts and culture community through large-scale public art projects, community outreach, and collaboration with other stakeholders.

In 2018, HIC brought colour to Nanaimo’s downtown core with the creation of the Urban Art Gallery, the first open-air gallery of its kind on the island, and established Nanaimo’s first legal art space, the Open Art Wall. At the 2018 Culture and Heritage Awards, Humanity In Community received the ‘Above and Beyond’ recognition from the City of Nanaimo.

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