This year the Balkan Youth Festival had again a successful realization of the Stage for Contemporary Street Arts. The stage for break-dancing was in front of hotel Sandanski and the space around was filled with people, presenting a moment of inspiration. Around 10 young artists created great works of art. There were painters from Bulgaria, Serbia and Macedonia. The collection of the BYF was enriched by few more graffiti, characters, conceptual works and action paintings.
The break-dancers made the atmosphere alive and joyful with the rhythm of the beats, which were the background of showing their different styles of dancing. One after another in the same rhythm made different shapes of their body while the audience was getting bigger. The difference in the age and the art of dancing could not be seen, everyone had the right of the 5 minutes, showing their style of dancing, and the more experienced showed the younger the complicated movements so that they can learn them in the future.
The girls, participating in the Stage for Contemporary Street Arts – Maya, Silvia and Tony showed a unique sensibility in their expression. Their works are made out of lines, which touch the depths of tenderness and mystery.
The choice of colors stood for the diversity in the festival another year. Everyone has a way of showing their perception of the world and the imagination in it. After the active hours of dancing and drawing, the works were left on the path to the summer theatre as an open night exhibition that was seen by everyone, visiting the concerts in the BYF program.
After the end of the concerts the works were gathered by the short-term EVS volunteers and the local volunteers and the next day they were taking them out again.
The Stage for Contemporary Street Arts was successfully covered by the media – most of the participants gave an interview and the process of their work was shot by the photographers of the BYF.
translated by Iveta Kuzeva
photos by Eléna Dalibot