Cartagena graffiti festival features community and international urban art

Posted on Dec 4 2013 - 7:48am by Editor

This week in Colombia’s Caribbean coastal city of Cartagena, 25 local and international artists will complete a total of 30 murals throughout the city, as part of the First International Festival of Urban Art in Colombia.

The event takes place in the economically depressed but also culturally vibrant neighborhood of Getsemani, which is also a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

The event started on Tuesday, Dec. 3rd, and will last until Saturday, Dec. 7th.

Event organizer and director of Vertigo Graffiti, Alejandro Cardenas, told Latin News wire service, Efe, that paintings must be about “characters or events of significance in the history of the neighborhood and of Cartagena.”

Cardenas added that the initiative sought to make beautiful the facades of the neighborhood and communicate relevant messages that touch chords of reality for the community and their concerns.

The festival is built on successful models of similar events that took place in Miamia and Lisboa, who followed an example from Berlin. There the urban galleries have become tourist and cultural attractions for visitors.

Participants in the event include: Pez and Flan from Spain, Jade and Decertor from Peru and Ospen, Dexs, Skida, Ecks, Cazdos, Zas, Yurika, Djlu, Bicromo, Chirrete, Plaga, Sem, Shot, Franco, Leets, Zurik, LiliCuca, Skore, Saga, TNO, Kops, Donxid y Cero from Colombia.

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