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New International Mural Festival in RiNo

The former industrial hub in Denver is now the place for creative businesses and gatherings

By Beth Buehler

One of the highlights of meeting in Denver’s RiNo Art District at properties like Catbird Hotel, The Ramble Hotel, and The Source Hotel + Market Hall is walking around and seeing all the amazing murals. When riding the RTD A Line from Denver International Airport to Denver Union Station, start looking around as the train approaches the second-to-last stop (38th and Blake in RiNo). You will catch a glimpse of several murals and public art.

The number of murals is about to grow exponentially with a new international mural festival in RiNo spanning 10 days from Sept. 22-Oct. 3, 2023.

RiNo Mural Woman’s Reflection by Napoletano Art
Woman’s Reflection by Napoletano Art CREDIT VISIT DENVER, INSTAGRAFITE, RiNo Art District, Nick & Marissa Napoletano

The Partnership

The district is partnering with DENVER WALLS, a nonprofit street art event organization and part of the globally renowned WORLD WIDE WALLS, to bring the festival to RiNo Art District. Denver will be the 25th city to host a WORLD WIDE WALLS event, joining cities like Honolulu, Seoul, and Tokyo in beautifying their cities and bridging local artists to their communities.

The Details

Spearheaded by Denver-based artist Ally Grimm (aka A.L. Grime), DENVER WALLs will feature 15 to 18 local and international artists painting 12 to 15 walls in and around RiNo Art District. Most public events will happen the weekend of Sept. 29-31, so consider planning a gathering for the end of September to plug into the colorful action with this new international mural festival in RiNo.

RiNo Mural Females in the Night by Poni
Females in the Night by Poni CREDIT VISIT DENVER, INSTAGRAFITE, RiNo Art District, Poni

In addition to mural painting, the event will feature augmented reality installations and opportunities to meet the artists. Digital opportunities will include an augmented reality scavenger hunt, a virtual sculpture garden that can be accessed by a web-based platform, and merchandise drops featuring designs from participating artists.

“Denver Walls aims to bring high impact, future-leaning art to the Denver community and put our city on the map as the next major art mecca of the United States,” says Ally Grimm. “I see artists as real-time historians, the narrators of today’s voice—the guides of culture and innovation. By bringing art back to our streets and celebrating diversity and individuality both in the arts and in our communities, we seek to broaden the spectrum of arts and culture in Denver.”