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Painting the town red: Upfest takes over Bristol

Bristol is playing host to another festival this weekend with hundreds of graffiti artists descending on the city.

Upfest will see artists from more 40 countries plying their trade.

It's Europe's largest free street art & graffiti event and centres on the Bedminster and Southville areas of the city.

Artist Miss Wah with her Little Miss character - Little Miss Hugs Credit: ITV West Country

This year's theme revolves around the Mr Men characters, celebrating 45 years since their creation.

Bristol even got its own Mr Men character created especially - Mr Graff.

Artist Miss Wah said it was very popular with grafitti artists across the world - and was a place to showcase different talents.

Shop fronts and shutters are up for grabs as 40,000 people are expected over the next couple of days to see artists like Cario-peppe from Argentina and Hanas Hulich from Germany.

Mr Men characters can be spotted all over South Bristol Credit: ITV West Country

This year 700 artists applied for a slot at the festival, with only 300 making the cut.

It's a sign of how popular Bristol is among those with a passion for street art and conformation the city's reputation for creative festivals is growing: Steve Gough has been producing street art in Bristol for 30 years - he been tasked with Mr Grumpy.

Steve Gough has been tasked with Mr Grumpy Credit: ITV West Country

But following the success of this year's Harbour Festival and with the Balloon Fiesta to come next month, Bristol is more likely to be Mr Happy.