Culture Cartel 2018: Asia's First Cumulative Street Culture Festival Held in Singapore from 1 – 2 December 2018

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A gargantuan party thrown in ode to the reigning social trend that is street culture is hitting the streets of Singapore from 1 to 2 December 2018 at the F1 Pit Building. Culture Cartel is Asia's first all-encompassing street festival that is set to unite the different sectors of art, toys, tattoo and fashion, showcasing only the very best of international street culture.
Every aspect and element of street culture will be brought together for the first time ever at Culture Cartel 2018 – from brand and retail showcases to art exhibitions and installations. The inaugural convention serves as a global platform for street artists, designers, tattoo artists, and urban brands from all corners of the world to unite and construct a fun, holistic, educational and interactive street culture showcase that has never been seen before in Asia.
Jeremy Tan, Convention Director of Culture Cartel, said, “Although there are plenty of fairs catered for fans of the different aspects of street culture, the existing events are very niche and are relatively spread out geographically and periodically throughout the year. What makes Culture Cartel stands out is that it is Asia’s first event to unite the street culture community. From Art, Toys, Tattoo, to Fashion, everyone under the street culture umbrella will converge over one exciting weekend to communicate, collaborate, and create. Visitors with multiple interests will be satisfied at one go with the various offerings, and they will certainly be drawn to the multifaceted street culture.” 
Culture Cartel is working with Mercedes-Benz as the official brand partner, and is also supported by Singapore Tourism Board, MTV Asia, Scoot, Krafers’ Paradise and Asia Tattoo Supply. As part of the collaboration with Mercedes-Benz, its newly launched Mercedes-Benz A-Class will be showcased in an exhibition put up by Joshua Vides, renowned American contemporary and street artist.
"As part of our ongoing efforts to celebrate the unique passions of our next generation, we are excited to collaborate with Culture Cartel to spotlight today's millennials and their individuality expressed through their creativity and art," said Mr. Wolfgang Huppenbauer, President & CEO of Mercedes-Benz Singapore. “Similarly, expressing one's individuality and pushing creative boundaries is the ethos behind the development of the new A-Class, and we share the same belief as all the artists and creators here today."
The curation of the exhibitions at the inaugural event is spearheaded by prominent industry leaders such as Invasion Studios by Jahan Loh (for Art), Jackson Aw of Mighty Jaxx (for Toys), Augustine Nezumi of Singapore Electric (for Tattoo), and Mandeep Chopra of Limited Edt (for Fashion); featuring convention headliners Stash (US), Joshua Vides (US), Whatshisname (UK), Alex Face (TH), Nisacco (JP) and Gakkin (JP), with some showcasing for the first time in Singapore.
Other highlights at the ticketed event (please refer to Annex B for ticketing details) include live interviews with headliners and panel discussions about current topics in street culture, featuring panelists like Sam Lee (Hong Kong actor and co-founder of Subcrew), Tabitha Nauser (Pop/R&B singer), and Shangguan Zhe of Sankuanz (CN). There will also be a movie screening for “OBEY GIANT: The Art and Dissent of Shepard Fairey”, from Academy Award winning filmmaker James Moll and Executive Producer James Franco; which delves into the underground world of street art, profiling the rise of artist Shepard Fairey.
There will be live performances in music by local artists like MAS1A (SG), and public artworks from a global line-up of artists; including an art exhibition and mural by Stash, and a private collection exhibition featuring KAWS and Bearbrick from local collectors. Other onsite activities include the first VR Graffiti Battle in Asia that uses Tilt Brush by Google, a bike circuit by Motochimp, a tattoo competition, and raffle draws with exciting prizes like concert and airline tickets to be won.
There will also be an invasion of provocative street art from a global line-up of artists including Rukkit (TH), Beerpitch (TH), Dub Williams (US), Obey Giant (US), PHUNK (SG), SKL0 (SG), Yok & Sheryo (AU/SG), Kult Studio & Gallery (SG), Muklay (ID), Olderplus (ID), Stereoflow (ID), Tuyuloveme (ID), Cloakwork (MY), JEFR (MY), Katun (MY), Nestwo (MY), and many more.
An exclusive line of jackets borne out of a collaboration between Levi’s and four local artists – Mightyellow, Erikartoon, MEAN, and DJ FVDER – will be launched for the first time at Culture Cartel. Mighty Jaxx will also be dropping three exclusive toy launches designed by Alex Face, Whatshisname and Jason Freeny. Besides that, a toy collaboration between FLABSLAB and Clogtwo will see the limited edition release of the MECHASOUL MS-1 (Gunmetal edition).
Other Culture Cartel brand collaboration merchandise include CHPLCO, Few & Far Between, New Era and Subcrew with their own exclusive launches of original and limited edition merchandise. Some of the participating retailers include adidas, ASICSTIGER, Levi’s, Nike, Nixon, PUMA, Skechers, Timex and Vans. Exciting retail pop-ups will also be put up by Ageless Galaxy, Amos Ananda, Dystra, Fred Perry, Hutan, Limited Edt, Lisa Von Tang, Motochimp, OBEY Clothing, Obbi Good Label, Pestle & Mortar Clothing, SBTG, Sects Shop, Subtle, White Label, and The Corner Shop feat. Chinatown Market, Pleasures, Raw Emotions and Lucky Hands; and prominent local and regional tattoo artists such as Ael Lim (@invisblea), Bradley Tan (@bradleytattoo), Lionel Ng (@lionelngtattoo), Jun Chihara (@junchihara) and Jynt (@jynt).
Stay tuned to Culture Cartel 2018's social media and online platforms:
Facebook: Culture Cartel
Instagram: @culturecartelcon
Official hashtag: #CultureCartel2018 #CultureCartelxMercedesBenz

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