Zaragoza’s Asalto Festival, in its recent edition, once again demonstrates a magnetic pull in the world of street art, attracting both local talent and international artists. Nestled in La Jota, one of Zaragoza’s most historic neighborhoods, the festival radiated creativity on the streets from September 15 to 24. Not only did it reclaim its mural game, but it also embraced a spectrum of activities reminiscent of its pre-pandemic grandeur.
This year artists from diverse backgrounds converged on Zaragoza’s streets: Taroe from France drew inspiration from a working-class neighborhood in the United States, promising to carry a touch of Zaragoza to his next destination. Stelios Pupet of Greece unveiled a pixelated female figure, marking his first significant piece in Spain. Anetta Lujkanova from Finland introduced a mural evoking dreams and local folklore, while Italy’s Giulio Vesprini paid homage to La Jota’s gardens in his distinct style, infusing both the name of the neighborhood and his signature numerical touch. Ceciro from Uruguay showcased a potent depiction of women’s emancipation, and Zaragoza’s own Miguel Hcuar, now a London resident, brought a vivid pop art dream to life.
One of the standout initiatives was from 3dfiti, which cleverly bridged the tangible and digital realms through 3D printing. They orchestrated a city-wide treasure hunt with 3D printed art pieces, leveraging social media’s power and engaging attendees in an immersive game.
This year’s edition also resurrected the Asalto Fair, celebrating both local and national artists. Noteworthy documentary screenings, including Carlos Saura’s “Las paredes hablan” and Boa Mistura’s “Crossroads”, added depth to the festival’s narrative.
Now in its eighteenth year, Asalto continues to be a beacon of community engagement with workshops, guided tours, tournaments, and more – underscoring a commitment to inclusivity and cultural enrichment. The festival’s blend of grassroots energy, global artistic prowess, and the embracing of innovative mediums makes it a celebration of not just art, but also the community and the city it celebrates.