Olomouc Street Art Festival Eleven Years Old and Still Fresh
Czech Republic has new Mekka of street art, which is historic town Olomouc. One of the greatest and the oldest street art festivals annually held in Czech Republic, is Olomouc Street Art Festival, which takes place in an historic town featured on the UNESCO´s list. The Festival was founded by the graffiti artist Pauser circa 2007 as an informal club of graffiti writers from within the local graffiti community. The festival has built up over the years, hosting the best of local and international talent. Olomouc Street Art Festival has produced a variety of exclusive murals created by artists such as Mr. Dheo, Soten, Slider or HRVB.
The eleventh year of this festival was held in the middle of September and brightened up the historic city centre of Olomouc with multiple mural paintings. The street art festival was launched by an icon of Czech graffiti and one of the most popular pop artist – Pasta Oner. We also invited the star of the feature length documentary The Banksy Job, to come along and show the film for a large audience of keen street art lovers. The documentary went down very well and AK47 (Andy Link) was on hand to answer questions and discuss the film.
“Everyone seemed to enjoy the film so that was a great feeling at the end to meet the audience and answer any questions they had for me thank you again for the opportunity to let everyone see my life project I look forward to next years and would highly recommend a visit to this lovely place and meeting the lovely folk who made it happen” AK47
Although the festival offered a rich program, from lectures or animated video projection – tagtool, to an exhibition of street art paintings from artists Pauser and Ondřej Konupčík. One of the main attractions were the live mural paintings in the city centre. The largest mural, which is displayed in Olomouc, is from Indonesian artist Wild_Drawing, who is famous for his realistic drawings found all around the world. WD has portrayed a princess with an eagle, as a symbol of Olomouc, on the building of a mill from the 17th century. Titled The Power of Silence a mural which took shape over a six day period, WD Street Art stood for 10 hours in both sunny and rainy weather. The artist has long earned the admiration and respect of the globally community, so it was great to have him in Olomouc.
Another two paintings were being made simultaneously in the areal of Univerzita Palackého, which was the main partner of the festival. Street artist Salla Ikonen from Finland paid tribute to Czech painter Alfons Mucha with her portrait of local girl. In proximity was created the third and the last mural, portrait of the first Czechoslovakian president, T.G. Masaryk from the Czech artist Chemis. This mural thanks to the socio-political situation in Czechia became an overnight sensation on social media and reached people around the entire country.
In few days to come Czechia is about to celebrate 100th anniversary of the formation of liberated Czechoslovakia and Chemis’s Masaryk, which is portrayed looking out of the window in the shape of Czech republic and is wiping his tearful eyes with Czech flag.
“Masaryk is the symbol of patriotism, pride, democracy and morality and these said traits are being twisted, misused and tainted by the current society and politicians” Chemis
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