Graffiti festival lights up Belfast

By Leanna Byrne

image captionKev Largey, who goes by the street name KVLR, at work during the Hit the North spray art festival

Belfast is no stranger to murals but its streets are hosting more modern paintings this week as part of the sixth annual spray art festival.

The Hit the North Street Art Festival has grown from humble beginnings to become the biggest graffiti festival on the island of Ireland, showcasing the work of more than 50 artists.

image captionThe two-day street art event is now in its sixth year and includes artists from as far afield as Australia and Colombia.
image captionGraffiti artist Shuk travelled from Limerick to take part in the event.
image captionEsther O'Kelly is an Irish Artist from Wexford living in Belfast.
image captionDanni Simpson has been travelling around Europe painting for the last few months.
image captionKVLR has been working as a street artist for 15 years and has been taking part in Belfast's street art festival since it began six years ago.
image captionTim McCarthy sketches his pieces before spray-painting them onto walls.
image captionHit The North organiser Adam Turkington of Seedhead Arts also had a seven-year stint as the manager of Culture Night Belfast. He said the event would grow even bigger if it secures more funding.
image captionNuala Convery is seen her starting her piece of street art near Belfast's Union Street.