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Madonnari International Fest Puerto Vallarta

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Announced the 16th edition of the Madonnari International Festival Puerto Vallarta 2024, which will take place on February 9, 10 and 11 at the Plaza de Armas.

2022 Version

The Madonnari Festival is a three-day annual cultural event, where elaborate chalk paintings are displayed. These works are created by artists of all ages directly on the sidewalks of downtown Puerto Vallarta.

The participation of more than 100 people is expected, who will freely express their work in the main square of Puerto Vallarta, as well as in the side corridors of the Municipal Palace.

The Madonnari Puerto Vallarta Festival supported by the H. Ayuntamiento.

The first ‘I Madonnari’ Festival took place in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico in 2005, with chalk artists from around the world drawing amazing renditions directly on downtown streets and sidewalks. Now in its eleventh year, this traditional and colorful fiesta of ephemeral art on pavement will transform the walk ways in PV’s Plaza Principal into beautiful works of art.

History:

The I Madonnari Street Painting Festival is the first festival of its kind in the Western Hemisphere. It was created in 1987 by Kathy Koury, the former executive director of the Children’s Creative Project, as a fundraising event to benefit the arts education programs. Now there are more than 100 similar street painting festivals throughout the U.S., Canada, Central and South America.

Ms. Koury traveled to Italy in 1986, to visit the International Street Painting Competition in the small town of Grazie di Curtatone in northern Italy near Mantova. This first international event produced by the Centro Italiano Madonnari since 1972, takes place annually in mid-August.

Street painting probably began in Italy during the 16th century and has a long tradition in cities in Western Europe. Artists began street painting by traveling to Catholic religious and folk festivals where they drew images of the Madonna using chalk on the street. These artists became known as “Madonnari” or street painters. Their images are called street paintings because when well drawn they resemble paintings. These artists lived and still live from the viewers’ coins thrown onto the street paintings in appreciation for the work.

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