Street art and Graffiti festival
In a warm summer day the boring walls on one of the streets in Bishkek have found a new breath. On June, 16 there was the 5th International festival of contemporary street art and graffiti, participants of which were the painters from Germany, France, Kazakhstan and Kyrgyzstan.
The Youth Art Initiative «BASICOLORS» from Bishkek with the support of the German Embassy and the French Embassy in Kyrgyzstan have implemented the idea to decorate the gray walls with unusual pictures. Artists were able to fully develop their skills and imagination in the largest legal graffiti gallery in the Central Asia region.
As the organizers of this creative event said, the festival is taking place in Kyrgyzstan not for the first time. The main goals of it are to develop the modern art and to strength friendly relations at the international level.
One of the participants from Germany said that she has visited Kyrgyzstan for the first time and she did not expect that street art increasingly becomes popular here.
“In Germany graffiti is not allowed everywhere. Drawing on the walls in some places is strictly prohibited and it is considered as hooliganism. There are people who are professionally engaged in the street art, so they sell their works at various auctions and receive orders for the paintings. It seems to me that very soon people in Kyrgyzstan will be more interested in street art because there are so many interesting and unusual people.”
Professional skills of the authors of these works are unlimited. Bring a contribution to the appearance and creativity of the city is a noble act. On the event the Mayor of Bishkek gave certificates to all the participants of the festival.
In addition to the graffiti, I was also struck by the “living statue”. The fully “gilded” man stood without moving and looked at the people. After a while he was changing his pose and every time froze motionless giving impression that he is the sculpture.