The first graffiti festival was held in the Park Bulvar shopping center in Baku on April 30. This is not the first contest between the writers [an artist, who paints graffiti – huge drawings and inscriptions on the walls], but they were all held unofficialy. This time the event was organized by the Urban Art Company, and it was a full house. It was even covered by the press.
Painting on house walls is banned by law in our country, so that is why shopping center’s administration has allotted an area in the parking lot specifically for this purpose.
Six artists set to work at noon and finished by 6 p.m. Afterwards, a party started and all the smart set of Baku’s underground attended it. The ‘smart set’ were wearing piercings, dying their hair all colors of the rainbow and break-dancing. To put it short, they are trying to integrate into the global culture through all the means known to teenagers.
Ayefes, a writer from Sumqayit, was declared the winner as the result of a vote. He won a trip to St. Petersburg to attend the “V1 festival-a mass hip-hop open-air event.