Under Pressure is the largest and longest running event of its kind all across North America. Under Pressure is a graffiti festival which focuses on community development, artist empowerment as well as positive youth development through ownership and responsibility of a shared space. Currently heading into its nineteenth year this festival is the longest running graffiti and hip hop festival in existence. The main reason it has been able to be sustained for so long is because it is an event done by the community for the community, everyone who works on keeping it alive does so on a volunteer basis.
The festival takes place over two days, during the first full-week weekend in August. Throughout the two days stages are given over to performers from across the country to keep the crowd lively and the bboy and bgirl battle which always goes down on Sunday afternoon. There is a kid’s area for the little ones to get creative and a skate ramp set up over the course of the two days for open jams and a competition as well.