The streets of Crewe town centre will become the canvas for an international art festival over August Bank Holiday weekend when around 30 artists will transform the pavements into a riot of colour as part of ‘Chalk It Up’.

The artists, many of them multi-award winners and world renowned, will be arriving from across the globe, including from the United States, Mexico, the Netherlands, Italy, France and the UK.

They will use chalk pastels to create impressive 12ft x 16ft pieces of artwork in Crewe’s Market Square as they compete for a series of prizes. During the weekend there will also be opportunities for visitors to give pavement art a go themselves, as well as a children’s competition.

All the artists will be working on their creations between 10am and 6pm on the first day (August 26) of the festival and the morning of the second, with judging then taking place during the afternoon.

On day one, visitors can add their mark to a giant chalk painting in Lyceum Square from 1pm-4pm. On day two, from 12pm-3pm, children can participate in a competition on Lyceum Square where there will be prizes for different age groups.

Visitors will also be asked to vote for their favourite piece of pavement art, with a prize for the winning artist.

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