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Village celebrates rebirth as graffiti museum

Village celebrates rebirth as graffiti museum
A man takes pictures of a street art mural on the facade of a house in Fanzara. Photo: Jose Jordan / AFP
A dying village in rural Castellón has been transformed into an open air gallery dedicated to street art.

Fanzara, home to just over 300 residents, has just celebrated its second urban art festival filling the walls of the village with colourful designs.

Renowned street artists spent four days in the village during July to create splendid murals as part of an initiative dubbed MIAU – the Museo Inacabado de Arte Urbano (Unfinished Museum of Urban Art).

The initiative in Fanzara, some 30 kilometres from Castellón in eastern Spain, was started by local resident Javier López as a way to breathe new life in a village that like many rural communities across Spain was stagnating with the exodus of young people to the cities.

Now it has a thriving artistic community and is attracting tourists to the area.

GALLERY: Street art in Fanzara


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