Marketta celebrates ten years with eight day arts festival

Miami Marketta celebrates its 10th birthday in late 2021, and will be kickstarting the party this July with Surface Festival, an eight day celebration of the arts.

The Miami Marketta team, led by venue founder Emma Milikins, have decided to re-decorate and re-connect in their 10th year by hosting Surface Festival; A free eight day street art event featuring 40+ visual artists all over Miami.

Just a week ago the team was announcing that the laneway music gigs happening as part of the festival had sold out, however COVID restrictions have forced them to postpone the three major music events. Instead the team is pushing ahead to deliver free art activations to the streets of Miami from 4 – 11 July.

But what will be going ahead is still super exciting: a vibrant and eclectic all-ages program where audiences can see artists at work, as well as get to know the visual gems of Miami. The perfect winter school holidays activity for the whole fam.

Visitors can walk, ride, roll and stroll through the streets of Miami to view the works of 30+ artists who will be featured along the 2km Fenceline Exhibition from Hillcrest Parade to Lemana Lane, including local illustrator Dion Parker, world renowned photographer Sean Scott as well as Leroy Hilder and his surfboard sculptures.

Eleven major surfaces will be painted up around Miami including walls within Miami Marketta, Fenech Guitars new showroom and the Burleigh Gold Coast Motel’s iconic highway wall.  Artist paint up times are listed on the website, and audiences welcome to come and watch the art being created live, and even interrupt! An event map is also available on the website at


In these crazy times, venues are having to pivot at a moment’s notice. The plan was that the live music concerts at Surface were going to cover the costs of the free aspects of the festival, like artist fees and materials. Now, with the concerts cancelled and refunds handed out, Miami Marketta is in a bit of a tight spot.

They definitely want to have this event for the community and not have to deal with yet another cancellation, so if you’re keen to wish Miami Marketta a happy birthday, there’s no better present than a small donation towards helping with the running costs of Surface Festival. You can donate through GoFundMe now.

IMAGE: Marketta Wall by Steve Nowland

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