Street artists breathe new life into ancient Italian village

CVTà Street Fest returns to remote Molise village from 13-16 June.

The fourth edition of CVTà Street Fest takes place in Civitacampomara, a depopulated village set deep in the Campobasso countryside in the Molise region, about 180 km east of Rome.

MP5 2018. All photos by Ian Cox

The festival comprises four days of live mural painting, street art tours, live music, workshops and tasting of local specialties, and once again its artistic director is the celebrated Roman street artist Alice Pasquini.

The idea behind the festival is to breathe new life into the largely abandoned village whose 400 mainly elderly residents embrace the thousands of visitors that arrive each June.

Mural by Hitnes from 2018.

Now well established on the street art calendar, the festival had a serendipitous beginning. In 2014 Ylenia Carelli, president of Civitacampomarano's cultural organisation, wrote to Pasquini inviting her to paint in the village after seeing a television interview with the artist. What Carelli did not know was that Pasquini's grandfather was actually one of the village's 400 residents.

Pablo S. Herrero, 2018

Pasquini seized the opportunity and so began a journey that has seen Civitacampomara transformed by a succession of well known Italian and international street artists. 

This year's special guests include Milu Correch from Argentina; Martin Whatson from Norway; Add Fuel otherwise known as Diogo Machado, from Portugal; Jan Vormann from Germany; and the Italian artist collective from Studio Aira, who under the watchful eye of residents and visiting spectators will create permanent art works over the course of the four-day festival.

For full details see website or Facebook page. Free entry. Photos Ian Cox.

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Address 86030 Civitacampomarano CB, Italia

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Street artists breathe new life into ancient Italian village

86030 Civitacampomarano CB, Italia