PHOTOS: Crowds dance, tour downtown and admire the art as Nelson mural festival opens

Tania Gaitan performs a Panamanian dance Friday during the Nelson International Mural Festival. Photo: Tyler HarperTania Gaitan performs a Panamanian dance Friday during the Nelson International Mural Festival. Photo: Tyler Harper
Mamarudegyal MTHC performs at Hall Street Plaza on Friday night during the Nelson International Mural Festival. Photo: Tyler HarperMamarudegyal MTHC performs at Hall Street Plaza on Friday night during the Nelson International Mural Festival. Photo: Tyler Harper
There were plenty of places to dance Friday in downtown Nelson during the mural festival. Photo: Tyler HarperThere were plenty of places to dance Friday in downtown Nelson during the mural festival. Photo: Tyler Harper
The festival celebrated eight new murals as well as the ones that had been painted since the event’s debut in 2018. Photo: Tyler HarperThe festival celebrated eight new murals as well as the ones that had been painted since the event’s debut in 2018. Photo: Tyler Harper
Tahiti Dreams perform in a downtown alley, where many murals have been added in Nelson. Photo: Tyler HarperTahiti Dreams perform in a downtown alley, where many murals have been added in Nelson. Photo: Tyler Harper
The Nelson International Mural Festival. Photo: Tyler HarperThe Nelson International Mural Festival. Photo: Tyler Harper
The Nelson International Mural Festival. Photo: Tyler HarperThe Nelson International Mural Festival. Photo: Tyler Harper
Zaynab Mohammed performs spoken-word poetry in an alley during the Nelson International Mural Festival. Photo: Tyler HarperZaynab Mohammed performs spoken-word poetry in an alley during the Nelson International Mural Festival. Photo: Tyler Harper

Nelson’s palette continues to get brighter each year.

The Nelson International Mural Festival opened with eight new murals and musical performances throughout Friday and Saturday. Workshops were also set to be held Sunday afternoon at Cottonwood Falls Park.

The event packed Hall Street Plaza as well as downtown alleys where visitors admired the new art while musicians provided entertainment.

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