Berlin! Grab your spray cans, collect your stencils & pack up your ladders – competition beckons from Serbia’s capital.
Berlin has fast become the centre point for street art & graffiti in Europe over the last five to ten years & not a year goes by that another great piece of work by some of the scenes more prominent artists appear overnight across buildings of all uses – occupied or not.
But competition is heating up; whether they like it or not.
Step Up Belgrade
London, Barcelona, Stockholm & Paris, familiar names for the growing interest of street art seen around the world, with Shepard Fairey as it’s unofficial leader, but when the lists are compiled of ‘Street Art To See In 20-whatever’, how many people will expect Serbian capital Belgrade to appear?
At least us two
No whispers of the art scene in Belgrade’s streets passed anyone’s lips as we planned our trip through Serbia & Eastern Europe, so on arrival in the city, the appearance of such well thought out designs & city-rejuvenating art was welcomed with open arms (and eyes).
Scaling whole multistory apartments (like those above), or with small quantity being of large quality (below), the street art that is emerging around the brutalist-style buildings refreshes & brings to life so many buildings and adds a lightness that hopefully brightens peoples days too.
Like many countries in the former Eastern Bloc where some aspects of community culture were restricted & withheld, as Belgrade grows with each decade that passes. and as more and more tourists decide to return following the economic recession, hopefully it’s already flourishing collection of street art will continue to grow along with these stand out favourites of mine & Franca
Aiming For The Crown
Those in Manchester may tell you that they’re emerging as the centre point, some in Berlin will argue that their streets are open-air galleries comparable to the Louvre (backed up wonderfully by Alexandra from ArtTrav); whoever finishes this year as the top street art destination, take note:
Watch Out, Belgrade Wants Your Street Art Crown