Ghent is a creative city and known in Belgium known for it's cultural venues and start-up companies. But there is also a less official art scene: the one of street art and graffiti.
All over Ghent, you can find walls covered in colors and “paintings”. Some works are mere tags, others are true artistic pieces that make you stop to look twice.
Street Art Belgium has created an entire walking tour along some of Ghent's best street art. You can get a map of the Concrete Canvas Tour at the Tourist Information Point, at cultural center Vooruit or in shops Zimba and Dope. You can also download the tour on the website of VisitGent.
Graffiti street Ghent: the Werregarenstraatje
I actually wanted to do this tour when I was visiting Ghent last week, but I'd planned so many other things as well that in the end I simply didn't have time left. However, I did go to the Werregarenstraatje, a little alley with walls entirely covered in graffiti.
Graffiti at the Tweebruggenstraat
Later in the day, when it was dark already, I lucked and stumbled upon the Tweebruggenstraat. The works that you see here weren't created secretively. They came about during the 9th Graffiti Jam, organized by the Graffiti Youth Council and the Department of Local Prevention and Safety of the city of Ghent.
Ghent tries to have a balanced policy when it comes to graffiti. That policy consists of three pillars:
- The city tries to track people who are responsible for graffiti in places where it isn't allowed and forces them to pay for the removal of the works.
- The city offers free removal of graffiti on both private and public properties if the owners ask for it.
- There are certain areas in the city where graffiti is allowed and people can always suggest new graffiti walls.
Next time I'm in Ghent, I'm definitely doing the Concrete Canvas Tour and when I do, I'm sharing the photos here.
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