Graffiti Festival in Kazan – a Week of Street-art
The biggest in Europe street-art festival “Like it. Art” was held in Kazan on 17-22 July 2012. For the first time in Russia it was carried out in full scale having featured the leading graffiti artists from Italy, Belgium, Bulgaria, Russia, England etc.
Large and medium scale graffiti appeared on the walls of around 40 objects across the city. The festival arranged under the project MadeInKazan also encompassed public master classes, lectures of the European artists, the best canvases exhibition, “Trash-truck hunting” night painting session and a graffiti contest.
The painted venues became immediately spectacular and even enjoyed the attention of the Tatarstan President Rustam Minnikhanov, who together with Kazan Mayor Ilsur Metshin visited one of the festival sites on 20th July 2012. Ilsur Metshin said that the street-art festival would be held in Kazan annually. “There are a lot of industrial and residential objects for talented contemporary artists to work on. The street art festival knits interests of the city and artists”, stated the Mayor.