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Street Art in Athens

Athens ● 14 December 2016
 

It is not necessary that great art happens on paper. It can also happen on walls. This is why Athens is a vibrant cultural hotspot that creates extraordinary street art paintings and graffiti. Over the years, the dull, busy and gray streets of Athens became canvasses for the best wall art in Europe together with Berlin, London and Paris. Today, the city and its neighbourhoods are rich in graffiti art, and they attract artists from all over the world.

Due to the economic crisis, the creative energy of the wall artists was burst into what the New York Times called a mecca for street art in Europe. Political and social messages turn the walls of the buildings into a communication channel between the residents of the city. You will find the surprising and bustling street art scene in alternative neighbourhoods of Athens, such as Thiseio, Gazi and Psiri Athens, but there are also street art paintings in the outskirts of the city where the crisis has led to abandoned factories, which are the perfect spot for wall artists.

Recently, has become world famous the graffiti at the junction of Palaiologou Street with Samou Street in Athens that transformed an old house into something really beautiful and impressive.

World famous is also the Athens Street Art Festival, which is an Annual Independent Contemporary Street and Urban Art Festival established and based in Athens. Its non-profit goal is to promote social conscience and action through art. The festival provides a challenging and dynamic environment for artists and students all over the world in order to present new trends in the field of the street art. The Festival consists of exhibitions, events, performances and workshops with the task of promoting the pioneers as well as the new talents of public and urban art and culture.

In Athens, there is also a street art gallery with the name of its address (Sarri 12), which shows works of innovative artists from all over the world that attract collectors from Spain, U.K., U.S.A., Italy, Switzerland and Australia.


Where to Stay

Hostel in Athens, Greece Athens International Youth Hostel
7.8 10
Athens International Youth Hostel
16, Victor Hugo str., 10438 Athens, Greece

Athens International Youth Hostel is a friendly, budget hostel located in a quiet residential street, close to the historic center of Athens and just 3 minutes walk from the nearest metro station. The main square of Athens, Syntagma, is at 1.5 km, while the lively Monastiraki Square is at 1.3 km. Plaka, the historic and picturesque part of Athens with narrow cobblestone streets can be reached within a 18-minute walk.

Hotel in Athens, Greece Hotel Cybele
Hotel Cybele
7, Kolokotroni & Dagkli str.,Pefki, 15121 Athens, Greece

Hotel Cybele is located in Pefki, just an 11-minute walk from Maroussi Metro Station. Athens city centre is 19 km away and Athens International Airport "Eleftherios Venizelos" is 28 km away.

Hotel in Athens, Greece Delphi Art Hotel
8.7 10
Delphi Art Hotel
27, Ag. Konstantinou str., 10437 Athens, Greece

Delphi Art hotel is located in the heart of Athens, opposite The National Theatre and the church of St. Constantine Church. Omonia Metro Station is just 200 meters away.


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