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Pictopia, the Urban Art Festival Takes the City Streets for the Seventh Time

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Pictopia, the Urban Art Festival Takes the City Streets for the Seventh Time

For those silent cities, there are “talking walls:” that is the motto of Pictopia, the urban art festival that takes place every year in Medellín and that brings together international artists, who, by using art expressions contribute to the renovation of public spaces.

Urban art is a mechanism of social transformation and appropriation through which the work of different artists is valued and made visible, as part of processes in which the community contributes with its stories and imaginary.

The Pictopía Festival is the place of encounter for urban, local, national and international artists and for all citizens who enjoy art and color.

One of the pillars is to promote the destigmatization of graffiti as a criminal act. This has become an invitation for public agencies to not fall into banning, as a solution to this challenge, but rather offer a cultural space for emerging urban artists.

Line up – Pictopía 2019 😎

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Graffitour of the “Comuna 13” and Urban Art Gallery of the Ayacucho Tram 🔜

Both the Graffitour of “Comuna 13” and the Urban Art Gallery of the Ayacucho Tram are important events of social and urban transformation using arts.

The first, is one of the most important urban art tours of the city through which, young people from this community previously impacted by violence, retell a story using graffiti, a story nobody wants to repeat.

The second pays tribute to the traditional crafts, to the neighborhood, nature and our region’s culture and traditions by using 3,000 square meters in the 4.3 kilometers stretch of the Ayacucho Tram route. Urban arts uses murals made by dozens of artists who wish to attract locals and visitors outside traditional galleries and museums.

The urban art festival, Pictopia, seeks to fill the city with colors and art to transform different public spaces sharing its multiple expressions.