Urban In Ibiza Presents Nine Lives In Ithaca

Posted on August 5, 2017

Words: Olivia Ebeling

Images: La Skimal

Innovative, thought-provoking and colourful, Urban In Ibiza’s annual showcase of art, fashion and music is one of the biggest highlights in the White Isle’s cultural calendar. Next week, on August 10th, the award-winning event returns for a two-week stint at the beautiful Agroturismo Atzaro. A nod to its ninth year on the magical Balearic island, the 2017 edition of Urban In Ibiza is titled Nine Lives In Ithaca and will see the exhibition return to its original format which includes catwalk presentations, painting and graffiti shows, live music and, of course, plenty of surprises.

The theme has been inspired by founder Paul ‘Dizzi’ Saunder’s time – and work with Urban In Ibiza – on the ever-changing White Isle, a mysterious and fascinating place not unlike the mythical Greek island of Ithaca, which is paid homage to in the title of this year’s showcase. Ithaca is known in the literary world as the place where Odysseus finally ends his quest and finds peace and harmony after years of adventures, and it has been rumoured that next summer’s 10th anniversary could mark the last in the Urban In Ibiza events series.


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Evolving and changing to bring the most cutting-edge and stimulating creative talent to the forefront, as well as reflecting current global issues, the ninth edition of Urban In Ibiza will feature tongue-in-cheek commentary on political themes and a dose of punk rebellion. 50 of the world’s top urban artists as well as hand picked live music acts and DJs flown in from the UK and Europe make this a boundary-pushing and exciting celebration of creativity and artistic expression not to be missed. Founder Paul Dizzi Saunders, director of London’s WestBank Gallery and a renowned events organiser and promoter, will be introducing the Ministry of Offence, three ‘cabinet ministers’ inspired by the ‘hear no evil, see no evil, speak no evil’ monkeys, whose narrative will unfold in artwork revealing further members of this fictitious government. For this, Paul and his team have created almost identical replicas of the British government’s red budget boxes, each imprinted with the minister it represents and filled with content that reflects their particular act of ignorance. He told us, “Speak no evil stands for the seedy underbelly of politicians and certain governments on the whole, and the secrecy and perversion featured in the tabloids. Hear no evil we have represented through the crème de la crème of bespoke DJ equipment and fine-tuned it to a whole new level. And see no evil represents street art graffiti and political rebellion, and the fact that those in power refuse to listen.”



Paul will also be presenting his fashion brand Tailored Anarchy’s new jewellery line Charm Offensive, a collection of provocative designs “on the edge of the acceptable” that help the wearer to make a statement about political unrest. Featuring motifs such gas masks, hand grenades and knuckleduster rings, they are a subtle way of the spreading a message of rebellion. One of the most exciting pieces of the collection is the Life’s A Riot charm bracelet, which represents disruption and common unrest with uneasy and challenging icons. Tailored Anarchy has also teamed up OMCSU London for a collection of hand-painted leather biker jackets, which not only will be featured in the static exhibiton but also in one of the three fashion shows. Meanwhile, swimwear company CAMI AND JAX is jetting in from Los Angeles to show off their designs.




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Enough to make urban art lovers salivate, the exciting artistic talent featured in this year’s display includes the likes of Inkie, Ben Allen, Henry Hate, Jim Starr, My Dog Sighs, Paul McGowan, Carrie Reichardt, Fanakapan, Osch, Nicholas Dixon and Kimberley Thomas amongst many, many more. In keeping with the theme of ‘Nine Lives’, nine live painters will show off their craft throughout the evening, giving guests the opportunity to talk to the people behind the creations and find out more about their work. Budding artists and mini revolutionaries won’t have to miss out, either, as Urban In Ibiza #9 is organising a special children’s day called Urban Mites, where little ones can enjoy junior graffiti classes and special children’s fashion presentation which include Mercedes Benz Fashion Week Best Newcomer winner Tom Vanderborght’s brand new kids collection.

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Of course, it wouldn’t be an Ibiza event if there wasn’t a top notch music programme involved, and this year’s line-up features several exciting acts to watch out for including Brit Award winner Finlay Quay, French singer, songwriter and producer Junkerry and up-and-coming artist Izzi Dunn, who has been making waves with her album Recycle Love. Island-favourite DJ and Melon Bomb founding member Scott Gray is set to bring his signature funky sound to the party, with Von Adams, Dom T and Mickey Richards also ready to take to the decks. Urban In Ibiza Presents IX Lives runs from August 10th until August 24th at Agroturismo Atzaro, with the launch event starting at 19.00. Make sure you don’t miss out on this exciting showcase of creative talent.

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