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The first street art festival of its kind in New Zealand, Graffiato: Taupo Street Art Festival captures the diversity of mural painting practice, and what’s new and relevant in global urban culture.
Graffiato's ever-expanding portfolio of over 80 murals brings transformation, wonder and vibrancy to the urban lane ways and streets they inhabit. Even locals continue to find surprises hidden away down these charming back alleys.
The new curator for the 11th year of Graffiato: Taupo Street Art Festival is Olivia Laita from Aotearoa Urban Arts Trust (AUAT). AUAT’s purpose is to educate and enhance urban contemporary art experiences in Aotearoa and to improve practices in areas such as environmental sustainability, safe cultural practice and arts commerce.
Equipped with a PhD in Chemistry, Olivia uses logic creatively and holistically to manage art projects and has been doing so for 10 years. Her CV includes project management of the Askew One ‘Wynyard Quarter Silos’, curator manager for all three ‘Post-Graffiti Pacific’ exhibitions in Auckland and Sydney and assistant manager for SWIDT’s award winning album ‘Stoneyhunga’. AUAT is a relatively new venture for Olivia and she hopes that through this vehicle and her new role as Graffiato curator, she will be able to add value to Aotearoa’s urban contemporary art community and its admirers.