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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

Hotel in Athens, Greece Exis Boutique  Hotel
8 10
Exis Boutique Hotel
1, Spartis , Amerikis Square, 11252 Athens, Greece

Exis Boutique Hotel is located on Amerikis Square, only 10 minutes walk from the nearest metro station. Syntagma, the main square of Athens and the historic part, Plaka, can be reached within 10 minutes using public transportation. Athens International Airport Eleftherios Venizelos is at 35 km. Piraeus Port can be reached within 20 minutes with an electric train.

Hostel in Athens, Greece Student and Travellers Inn
8.9 10
Student and Travellers Inn
16, Kidathinaion str., 10558 Athens, Greece

Student and Travellers Inn – the first hostel in Greece since 1977 is located in the heart of Plaka, right below the Acropolis. Traditional cobbled streets full of taverns, shops, cafes are right at our hostel's doorstep. The main square of Athens, Syntagma, is at 600 m, while the lively Monastiraki square is at 800 m. The nearest metro station and the bus stop for the X95 Airport Bus can be reached within a 7-minute walk.

Hotel in Athens, Greece Hotel Maroussi
8.2 10
Hotel Maroussi
10, Olympias Str., Marousi, 15124 Athens, Greece

Hotel Maroussi is located in Maroussi region, just a 12-minute walk of Nerantziotissa Metro and Suburban Railway Station. Athens International Airport "Eleftherios Venizelos" is 26 km away.


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