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Building on last year’s massive success, the annual BUMP Festival is coming back to Calgary this August, and it promises to be the biggest celebration of public art so far!

Photo credit: @yycbump and @kevinledo on Instagram

Photo credit: @yycbump and artist @kevinledo on Instagram

What is bump festival?

Since its inception in 2017 as the Beltline Urban Murals Project, the BUMP Festival has rapidly evolved into a city-wide phenomenon, championing street art as a transformative force in Calgary’s public spaces. This community-driven initiative focuses on empowering artists and enriching the local arts scene through its annual showcase of murals, graffiti works, and installations.

Each year, a diverse jury selects from a pool of local, national, and international talent to contribute to BUMP’s vibrant exhibitions across the city.

Photo credit: @yycbump and artist @jacquiecomrie on Instagram

Photo credit: @yycbump and artist @jacquiecomrie on Instagram

why is bump festival important for urban spaces?

At The Westley, we recognize the profound impact of public art in enhancing neighbourhoods, fostering dialogue, and elevating everyday experiences. The BUMP Festival has left an indelible mark on Calgary, with over 270 installations sparking creativity and engaging both residents and visitors in a dynamic celebration of arts and community. We love how much it has added to our already beautiful city!

Photo credit: @yycbump on Instagram

Photo credit: @yycbump and artist @vancharlesart on Instagram

what are the best ways to see the exhibits at bump festival 2024?

It’s hard to take a stroll through downtown Calgary in 2024 without stumbling across a jaw-dropping piece of public art, and these murals have ‘made their mark’ in our city’s downtown. Click here to view an interactive map of all the current artwork, and plan your exploration accordingly! You can also book tours all year long through the BUMP organization and have an interactive experience with one of their knowledgeable guides.

Photo credit: @yycbump on Instagram

Photo credit: @yycbump on Instagram

Stay in Downtown Calgary for bump festival 2024

At The Westley, you’re perfectly situated in the heart of downtown to explore the various installations, murals, and graffiti exhibitions taking place this year. You’ll love our modern, luxurious rooms with convenient amenities – and yes, we’re also pet-friendly!

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