A festival of art, amusements and entry-level anarchism.
After several weeks of rumors, its been confirmed that notorious street artist Banksy has been secretly assembling his own version of Disneyland in the small resort town of Western-super-Mare UK. The site is over 10,000 sq ft and was once the Tropicana lido site before being abandoned for 15 years. The new creation is named “Dismaland“ and is far from the happiest place on earth.
From the Dismaland official brochure:
Are you looking for an alternative to the soulless sugar-coated banality of the average family day out? Or just somewhere cheaper. Then this is the place for you—a chaotic new world where you can escape from mindless escapism. Instead of a burger stall, we have a museum. In place of a gift shop we have a library, well, we have a gift shop as well.
Bring the whole family to come and enjoy the latest addition to our chronic leisure surplus—a bemusement park. A theme park who’s big theme is: theme parks should have bigger themes…
This event contains adult themes, distressing imagery, extended use of strobe lighting, smoke effects and swearing. The following items are strictly prohibited: knives, spraycans, illegal drugs, and lawyers from the Walt Disney corporation.
“The UK’s most disappointing new visitor attraction”
Dismaland will be open to the public for 5 weeks beginning August 22 through September 27th. Tickets are only £3 ($5) and there are a series of events planned including shows by Pussy Riot, Massive Attack, Run The Jewels, and more.
For more info on Dismaland you can check out the Official Website and more photos available on Banksy’s Instagram.