Monday, July 2, 2012

MULAFEST – the one stop for your tattoo, art, music, dance, skate, BMX and petrol-fuelled needs

--> At first glance MULAFEST sounds like a celebration of sixties mullets. But if you delve a little deeper or actually read the title correctly, you'll find it's much more than that.

From the 11th to the 14th of July, 50,000 square metres of Feria de Madrid (IFEMA) will be transformed into one easy to digest platform of street culture.

It's the first project from the people at MULARED. They may come from different backgrounds but together they have one common cause – to show the public an alternative way of living. And they've done just that. MULAFEST offers a bit of everything for your perusal, or if you're game, your participation.

For the ink enthusiasts, there's live tattooing. But for those who aren't so committed, there's one area where you can test out tattoos without the permanency.

“El Garaje” is for the petrol enthusiasts. It's where you'll find customised motorbikes and classic American car shows. For a bit more adrenalin, head to the skate and BMX park. Some of the top skaters and riders will battle it out against the clock across a course of railings and stairs. Up and comers can also show off their skills in an open competition.

But don't despair if you can't kickflip successfully, there are other activities for the coordinated and the creative. The art area is where you can create your own masterpiece on a T-shirt or skateboard. Then there's MULAFEST dance masterclasses where you can practice how to pop, lock and krump.

To get you all into the mood in the lead up to the event, the brains at MULAFEST are giving you an early taste of what's to come. From the 7th to the 10th of July, the metro commute is going to get a whole lot more entertaining. A series of mini stages will be set up for different musical performances across various stations.

So how much does it cost to join all of this? For one day you're looking at 15 euros. For the full four days it will set you back 38 or 50 if you need car parking as well.

For more information on MULAFEST head to the official website. You may need Google Translate on hand because it's all in Spanish.

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