:d stage for contemporary street art

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Every year as a part of Balkan Youth Festival there is d stage for contemporary street art that I coordinate also as participate. This year we had few EVS volunteers interested in participation also as some local street artists and d kids from the city that on d end had opportunity all together to make one graffiti.

Besides d painting as part of d stage for contemporary street art there are d brake dancers. We design a special stage for them where they can compare there style of dancing also as gain some new tips and tricks. Proper music absolutely: Hip – Hop, R&B & some brake bits.

Regularly we make this event in d evening while before the start of d night concerts and there are crowds of people and tourists that are interested in that what we do and d whole atmosphere that we create in d front of hotel Sandanski in Sandanski is amazing and unique.

The brake dance groups were amazing, they were playin more then two hours and in that time Erika [Italy] done her amazing painting. Desi [Bulgaria] draw amazing eye on her wooden board, the Turkish & Polish girls made fantastic play with d colors and their ideas. Ina [Bulgaria] experiment with d materials and d techniques that she include in her work and Toni [Bulgaria] paint for this year stage for contemporary street arts some fashionable, stylish painting.

There were few more people including me that were participating and made creative energy during Balkan Youth Festival and as coordinator of this activity I can say that we’ve done pretty good job. Later, during d festival days we show our works on few places around d city and also use them as a part of d Eco- Happening that followed in d program.

We had one tattoo master that drawn to our bodies temporary tattoos also as few jugglers that animate d kids that were in the city park ally. We finished the paintings & we set them around the trees in the ally of the park. Different levels of light from the street lights was giving different perspective on the pictures that makes them more attractive.

The people that were going to the BYF – Concert had the opportunity to see the setting of the Night Street Exhibition.

It was good to learn how to work in team with the EVS volunteers on d festival. We bring d materials and build d whole stage together and after, when the activities were off and d people from Sandanski were preparing for d night concerts @ d Theater we collect all d things and clean d space.

..interesting for me was d group of 10 kids with BMX [bikes] that were with us during d whole time,  from time to time asking if there are some colors or sprays that they can use. ..In d first one hour I was trying to convince them that they are pretty small to paint on this big boards but after a while I decide to give them d opportunity to learn more about d street art and to take active participation in our activity.

After I explain them shortly how can they use d sprays, they decide all together to write BYF [Balkan Youth Festival] and colored d letters together. I hope that this was good experience for them and that they will want to continue with d art in general and be my real participants in d next years.

 

 

 

 

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.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.

:if u’re interested to see more pics u can check the BYF fb profile and their album ~

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Like a part of the stage for Contemporary arts on Balkan Youth Festival I had the opportunity to participate in the painting in two street art paintings.      The atmosphere while I was drawing was very good, the local citizens were making walk to the way to the summer theater and park, from the side that go up, and to the center of the city, on the side that goes down. We were spread in the little forest in front of the hotel Sandanski, which just show the beautiful and big city park. On the opposite side brake-dancers were dancing on HIP-HOP, R&B  and Brake Beat music.

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In the air you could feel the smell of the colors, the noise of the rhythm the spray cans. With smile on my face I welcomed the little kids that arrived and ask me what I am painting, because I was drawing  short cut of the word YOUTH like U-TH,  and it was very difficult to be recognized at the beginning. They were asking me about the colors, and why I choose this word. I answered them that the future is in the hands of the Youth, that all the youngsters could  create better tomorrow. I sad to someone that in the real life if you get material and space where you could express yourself  like author when you want, then we talk about real progress in his own meaning.

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We finished the painting we set the paintings around the trees in the ally of the park. Different levels of light from the street lights was giving different perspective on the pictures that makes them more attractive. The people that were going to the BYF – Concert had the opportunity to see the setting of the Night Street Exhibition, and unnoticed pass in the opening  of the exhibition. I took my back pack, made a circle around the exhibition, and satisfied I catch the way to the concert.

In the second day when the stage of contemporary art happened I decide to draw character with some content around him. I wanted the moment to hit in same time on the character and on the content also, that’s why I choice more simple character and not so complex story in front of him. I wanted the story to show  the vision of one young man and everything to be in one composition with the topic that I draw before U-TH. This time I choose  to draw on a horizontal surface  and I took material long 4 meters, After I put the character in the beginning of the picture, I decide to put my vision in mechanism of one clock, or the process of time passing, with more colors inside. Every deferent position and condition  which every Youth can find himself. Some of the parts are separating, from one they are becoming two and after they are becoming one again.

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I was impressed by one old man, local photographer who was following the process of my painting, and ask me for one photography. I know that I wont see this photography, but somehow I felt nice when he ask me to make a photography. I saw how he sees the life trough the  prism of his lens, and I wanted to be a part of that tape, I know him from the past years. He is one of the oldest supporters of the festival.

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And for him the festival is good. It makes him to be younger, and for me the conversation with him was a lesson, I was following him calmly while he was telling his story and the way how the local people salutes him. He told me the he likes the colors and the concept, I said thank you, for the photography also. I finished the picture few minutes before the start of the concert, we put the paintings around, and intimately between the participants we opened the Night exhibition and with our back packs together with the crowd we went to the summer theater for the beginning of the concert.

—===+>>>>Stage for contemporary art @ Balkan Youth Festival – Sandanski 2009

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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

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