The Pasadena Chalk Festival’s operator announced early Wednesday that it has decided to cancel the 2021 Festival in October and return with the popular event next year.
Light Bringer Project said in an email “It is with a heavy heart that we have decided to postpone the Pasadena Chalk Festival’s scheduled event for this fall. The ongoing and recent additional restrictions have proven too great a challenge for hosting the festival.”
The event had been set for October 16 and 17. It is now rescheduled for its usual weekend, Saturday and Sunday, June 18 and 19, 2022, at The Paseo, according to the statement.
The much-anticipated Chalk Festival, recorded in the 2010 Guinness World Record as the largest public art event of its kind, was set to once again bring together over 600 chalk painters and tens of thousands of spectators at an event that’s traditionally been celebrated at Paseo Colorado.
It traces its roots to 1993 when a summer intern at the Light Bringer Project brought back pictures after attending a street painting festival in Paris. The first edition was called “Chalk on the Walk” and took place at Centennial Square in front of the Pasadena City Hall, with over 150 visual artists participating from throughout Los Angeles. All proceeds of that event and succeeding festivals went toward community arts programs and HIV/AIDS resources.
In 2010, participating artists used over 25,000 sticks of chalk and drew a crowd of more than 100,000 visitors in one weekend.
Every year, the festival has attracted artists and design teams from many regions of the country, across Southern California, and virtually every Los Angeles-area community. Leading art schools, museums and cultural centers are also represented at the festival.
In addition to watching artists at work, visitors in the past have been treated to live music and a variety of food and entertainment choices throughout the Paseo. An area known as Chalkland is regularly set up where children and teens can make their own art.
Street painting is a centuries-old art dating back to the 16th century when soldiers returning from battle gave homage to the Madonna in front of local churches. This practice gave rise to the name “Madonnari,” or street artist, at that time.
After World War II, itinerant artists made a living drawing masterpieces – using multi-colored chalk – on the boulevards and plazas throughout Europe.
The Pasadena Chalk Festival has spawned numerous street painting events throughout the region. It continues to benefit the arts and learning programs of Light Bringer Project.
For more information about the Festival, visit www.pasadenachalkfestival.com.