High hopes for wall festival

By Benalla Ensign

The Wall to Wall festival, starting on Friday, is aiming for an even bigger and better festival this year and is fully backed by State Member for Euroa Steph Ryan.

The festival is aiming for 10000 people at this year’s event, an increase from 6000 last year.

The focus this year has been on building the community involvement and the inclusion of local artists, aiming to create pathways for those artists as well as creating income for Benalla and surrounding areas.

There will be a total of 21 artists, four of them local and 22 artworks that will light up in the dark.

The festival will include walking tours and community events for all to attend.

Last year’s event was such a success for the community, that none of the 58 murals were damaged.

The festival has also expanded into Goorambat this year, with that expected to go even further into Devenish and beyond in the future.

The hub of the festival will be The Shed, and a map will be available to ensure you can see all the amazing new artworks this year.

It will also for the first time include a virtual reality station to take the experience digital.

State Member for Euroa Steph Ryan understands the tremendous benefits the festivals has for the entire community.

‘‘Wall to Wall has been revolutionary for Benalla and it has been wonderful to see the festival expand over the last few years,’’ Ms Ryan said.

‘‘The community has embraced the street art concept and opened its doors to visitors from all over Australia and beyond.

‘‘It’s been a pleasure to sponsor the festival to show my support in a very small way to the amazing committee and volunteers who have made it happen.’’