Stunning Street Art Festival Energizes A Neighborhood In Madrid

April 18, 2017

As the weather improves, the idea of being inside a museum becomes less and less attractive. People want to make up for lost hour. In Madrid’s central Lavapies district, an arts festival is bringing art out onto the streets.

Sixty Spanish and international artists are participating in C.A.L.L.E, the third Emerging Lavapies Free Artistic Call Festival, between May 14 and June 5. The festival, co-orgainzed by the Lavapies Merchants Association, seeks to boost artistic creation in the neighborhood, and draw people to its streets and local stores.

Artists have created artworks on the neighborhood’s walls, shop-windows, and other exteriors under this year’s theme: “The Future, Lavapies 2029. ” Angulo, an artist who painted the walls of local herb store El Druida for the festival, tells she guesses C.A.L.L.E can help revitalize the Lavapies district.

“Initiatives like this one push people to walk through streets where galleries are not as popular as they should be, ” she told HuffPost Spain.

Scroll down for more photos from Lavapies.

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The tavern La Mancha has been redecorated both inside and outside. The artist Enllama has filled the inside of the premises with Origami and the doors with Kirigami.

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An artwork by Alva Moca for Calzados Vinigon, a shoe store.

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An artwork by Nekros for the bar Como vaca sin cencerro.

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Detail from the mural by Angulo for the herb store El Druida.

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An artwork by Ze Carrinfor the bar Juan Raro.

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The art collective Fliping has painted the facade of the bar El colmo with zeppelins and books.

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Another artwork by Alva Moca for Calzados Vinigon.

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An artwork by Alejandro Ontiveros for the hat shop Magarca Sombrerera.

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An artwork by Cali for the plant store San Jorge Decoracin Verde.

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An artwork by Virginia Calvo for the Mexican restaurant Taquera La Jalapea.

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Enllama covered the walls innames of endangered species.

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An artwork by Fabiola Correas for Deliart hairdressers.

This post originally appeared on HuffPost Spain and has been translated into English and edited for clarity.

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