Exclusive UK Premiere of Banksy Documentary to be Screened at Nuart Aberdeen

Street art festival features a documentary about Banksy’s stolen artwork, alongside a rare artist talk with Hera.

Exclusive UK Premiere of Banksy Documentary to be Screened at Nuart Aberdeen

Nuart Aberdeen is set to host the exclusive UK premiere of a new documentary titled Banksy And The Stolen Girl, focusing on the theft of a famous Banksy artwork. This premiere is a huge coup for the city’s internationally renowned street art festival, which runs from June 6 to 9.

The film explores the mysterious disappearance of a Banksy piece known as The Sad Girl, created in memory of the victims of the 2015 terrorist attack at the Bataclan concert hall in Paris. The artwork was stolen under the cover of night, sparking intrigue and mystery around its disappearance. Directed by Edoardo Anselmi, the documentary investigates who took the artwork, their motivations, and whether it will ever be recovered.

The documentary will be screened at The Lemon Tree, opening Nuart Plus, the festival’s street art conference. The event will also feature an in-person discussion with Hera, the celebrated artist from this year’s Nuart Aberdeen roster. She’ll be sharing personal insights into her artistic travels around the world.

Martyn Reed from Nuart Aberdeen anticipates significant interest in the double feature. “To be the first with anything to do with Banksy these days, particularly outside of huge international media and PR channels is unheard of, so in that sense it’s very much a coup,” he said.

It’s a fascinating documentary about a very special work, unlike anything I’ve seen before. There’s also been a recent development in the case, so as an added bonus, not only is it a UK premiere, it may have a new ending.

Martyn Reed - Nuart Aberdeen
Photo supplied by Herakut | Photographer BK Tallman

In addition to the film premiere and artist talk, Nuart Plus includes many activities beyond street art creation. Artist presentations, panel debates, workshops, and more will be hosted at Cowdray Hall. The diverse program will spark conversation and exploration around this year’s theme, living heritage.

As usual, the 2024 festival offers community-engaging events such as the Fight Club pub debate at SPIN on Littlejohn Street, addressing the relevance of street art compared to traditional museums, followed by a lively evening with DJs and dancing. The celebrations conclude with a closing party at SPIN, featuring a night of underground electronic music.

Returning to the festival this year is Inspired Nights. The food, drink and entertainment event will transform Shiprow into a bustling outdoor hub. The festival also includes walking tours showcasing new artworks and Chalk Don’t Chalk, a children’s event where local kids will create a large-scale chalk mural in Marischal Square’s Quad.

Nuart Aberdeen continues to enrich the city’s cultural landscape, providing a platform for renowned international artists and encouraging the Aberdeen community to engage with the world of street art.

Full details of Nuart Plus can be found here.

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