The First Coat Festival has confirmed that more than 20 artists from across the nation and the globe will be attending the event this year, which will be held in Toowoomba from 19 – 21 May.

A prominent regional arts project, First Coat draws together high-calibre artists to create a permanent gallery of street-artworks in the heart of Toowoomba, making arts and culture accessible through the transformation of public space.

Renowned chef and author of Surfing the Menu, Hayden Quinn, says he is highly impressed with the quality of art showcased in Toowoomba.

“Toowoomba has lots of awesome new foodies spots, and the most amazing street art scene I think I have seen in Australia,” he said.

First Coat Festival delivers a great program of synergetic art experiences including exhibitions, live performances, artist talks, venue activations and workshops for all ages.

The festival was first presented by Toowoomba Regional Council GraffitiSTOP in partnership with Toowoomba Youth Service and Kontraband Studios in 2014, and is the first street art festival to be held in Queensland and only one of four held nationally.

Since its beginning, First Coat has worked to change the colour or Toowoomba streets, bringing the region to international attention by altering the way issues such as vandalism and graffiti are tackled.