GarGar Festival in Small Town Penelles, Spain.

The influence of Street Art and graffiti continues to disperse through cities, towns and the countryside of many regions in the form of mural festivals. The village of Penelles in Catalonia asks residents if they would like to hand over the walls of their houses to be painted by contemporary artists and many say yes, gladly.

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Run & Igansi Rosés for GarGar Festival 2016 in Penelles, Spain. (photo © Lluis Olive Bulbena)

It is a far cry from the responses of landlords in large cities where the association in the minds of many is graffiti and vandalism.  According to a posting on Facebook, the challenge for attendees of a recent mural festival here was to gather enough money to rent a bus and drive people around to see the new artworks!

GarGar, the festival held in the third week of May, also featured live music, food trucks, beer, workshops, and people milling around taking photos of the artists while they worked and discussing the new pieces. Perhaps taking as a model the same concept as the Spanish town of Fanzara, Penelles is a small sleepy town that is being revitalized with urban art.

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Run & Igansi Rosés for GarGar Festival 2016 in Penelles, Spain. (photo © Lluis Olive Bulbena)

Photographer Luis Olive Bulbena tells us that the town, which is located around 130 km northwest of Barcelona, has about 500 inhabitants and “basically the whole of the municipality revolves around agriculture.”

We thank Mr. Bulbena for sharing these new images with BSA readers.

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Sabotaje Al Montaje for GarGar Festival 2016 in Penelles, Spain. (photo © Lluis Olive Bulbena)

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Sabotaje Al Montaje for GarGar Festival 2016 in Penelles, Spain. (photo © Lluis Olive Bulbena)

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Lily for GarGar Festival 2016 in Penelles, Spain. (photo © Lluis Olive Bulbena)

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Marina Capdevila for GarGar Festival 2016 in Penelles, Spain. (photo © Lluis Olive Bulbena)

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Irving Ramó for GarGar Festival 2016 in Penelles, Spain. (photo © Lluis Olive Bulbena)

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Irving Ramó for GarGar Festival 2016 in Penelles, Spain. (photo © Lluis Olive Bulbena)

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El Niño De Las Pinturas for GarGar Festival 2016 in Penelles, Spain. (photo © Lluis Olive Bulbena)

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Bifido for GarGar Festival 2016 in Penelles, Spain. (photo © Lluis Olive Bulbena)

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Bifido for GarGar Festival 2016 in Penelles, Spain. (photo © Lluis Olive Bulbena)

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Dina Compadre for GarGar Festival 2016 in Penelles, Spain. (photo © Lluis Olive Bulbena)

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Nina Hamada & Zosen for GarGar Festival 2016 in Penelles, Spain. (photo © Lluis Olive Bulbena)

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Nina Hamada & Zosen for GarGar Festival 2016 in Penelles, Spain. (photo © Lluis Olive Bulbena)

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Slim Art for GarGar Festival 2016 in Penelles, Spain. (photo © Lluis Olive Bulbena)

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Txemy for GarGar Festival 2016 in Penelles, Spain. (photo © Lluis Olive Bulbena)

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