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The Chalk Festival

  • Venice Airport Venice, FL, 34285 United States (map)
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$25 multi-day pass
$5 - Friday Nov 15, Day 1 • Artists start work
$10 - Saturday Nov 16, Day 2 • Artists have work in progress
$15 - Sunday Nov 17, Day 3 • Artwork soon to be completed, Artists still working
$10 - Monday Nov 18, Day 4 • Artwork will be completed, Artists will be gone

Hailed as the most important pavement art event in the world, the International Chalk Festival will run four days, at the Venice Airport Fairgrounds, from November 15 through 18 with the 2019 theme announced GARDEN OF WONDERS "a tribute to the marvels of the natural world and the human imagination."

The festival affords a once-a-year opportunity to become an integral part of the fine art creative process. From start to finish, you can witness the largest gathering of renowned pavement artists perform using the road surface as a canvas to develop oversized masterpieces in chalk.

This performance art form, as we know it today, is thought to have originated in Italy during the 16th century even though people have been making markings on the ground forever. These Italian artists called “Madonnari,” went into remission after the Second World War. It wasn’t until the 1970’s that the remaining small number of Madonnari got the recognition they deserved with the start of the International Madonnari Festival in Grazie di Curtatone in Northern Italy.

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Earlier Event: October 12
Marietta Chalktoberfest