An incredibly popular street art festival that took Swindon by storm last year will return again for a second year.

Swindon Paint Fest was the town's first-ever event dedicated to celebrating the medium, and it saw over 50 artists transform dozens of drab and unloved walls into fantastic works of art for the public to enjoy.

Now the organisers behind the event have confirmed they're bringing it back again this year after rave reviews which included people saying “Swindon needs more”.

This year's event will be taking place across September 2 and 3, and organisers hope it will be bigger and better than last October's well-received event.

A spokesperson for Swindon Paint Fest said: "We had over 50 renowned muralists and street artists descending to various locations in Swindon throughout the town centre and Rodbourne, transforming drab walls, grey hoardings and rundown boards with vibrant colours and unique works of art.

Swindon Advertiser: More artwork created during the first-ever Swindon Paint FestMore artwork created during the first-ever Swindon Paint Fest (Image: Photos: Dave Cox and Swindon Paint Fest)

"These stunning pieces created have become tourist attractions with people travelling from all over the U.K. to Swindon to walk the mural art trail, view them in all their glory and photograph them.

"When September rolls around, Swindon will once again be overflowing with these amazing talents and creativity, various art events for all and so much more!"

But, the organisers need the public's help to make the event as successful as possible and have set up a GoFundMe to help cover the costs. 

"This is after all a free festival for anyone and everyone to enjoy so every penny counts and will go a long way," the spokesperson added. 

"Your funding would allow us to hold a bigger and bolder event! We would aim then to have a larger number of feature walls and host world-renowned artists in target key spots to enhance the town centre, where the public would also be able to witness and enjoy the wonderful works of art coming to life.

"It would go to obtaining materials needed ie paints, and equipment for hire when dealing with large walls such as scaffoldings and cherry pickers.

Swindon Advertiser:

"We will hold curated exhibitions in different spaces, have [a] PA and live music with DJs to create a lively atmosphere alongside the street art jams and community art projects, arrange talks and forums to have open discussions and presentations introducing Swindon’s rich mural and urban art history."

Artists can apply to take part via the Swindon Paint Fest website before May 21.

Businesses can donate wall space by contacting:

And you can support the event financially by donating here.