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16 Apr 2019

Minsk to host Vulica Brasil street art festival 26 July-11 August

Minsk to host Vulica Brasil street art festival 26 July-11 August

MINSK, 16 April (BelTA) - The fifth edition of street art festival Vulica Brasil in Minsk will be held in the format of biennale from 26 July to 11 August, BelTA learned from the organizers.

This year the festival will continue to transform the streets of the capital into art galleries. Artists will create murals, sculptures, graffiti, art intervention and even micro-street art. “In 2019, we will expand the geographical horizons. This year the festival will welcome both young and prominent artists from Brazil and Belarus, among whom is Brazilian architect Lourenco Jimenez and also participants from other countries,” said Mila Kotka, one of the founders of the fest.

Each stage of the festival will be reconsidered through the idea of environment and sustainable development. “For example, we use advertisement banners of past festivals to manufacture handbags, wallets and other eco-accessories. Used paint cylinders will also get a new lease on life. Our goal in 2019 is to leave as few ecological footprints as possible,” the organizers said.

The festival will traditionally wrap up with a big celebration in Oktyabrskaya Street which will go car-free on 10-11 August. “This year the festival territory will grow bigger with new spots such as the chill zone where one will be able to take a nap to the sounds of ambient music. We plan to turn each venue into an art object and invite artists, musicians and volunteers to join the Vulica Brasil family,” said Mila Kotka.
 
The street art festival is held under the auspices of the Minsk City Hall, the Culture Ministry, the administration of the Leninsky District of Minsk, and Brazil’s embassy in Belarus.

The international festival Vulica Brasil was first held in Minsk in 2014, with two artists from Brazil and several artists from Belarus taking part in it. In 2017 the forum expanded into a bigger event to unite artists, architects, urbanists, environmentalists, businessmen and volunteers. Over the past four years the festival has produced 38 murals on the buildings of banks, factories, offices, houses, bridges, trams and metro cars and also several sculptures and architectural constructions.

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