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Selections from Farm Country: GarGar2 Festival in Penelles, Spain.

Selections from Farm Country: GarGar2 Festival in Penelles, Spain.

A well branded cultural initiative brings for the second edition a festival of art, music, craft beer, food trucks, workshops to the village of Penelles in Spain, including 900 square meters of murals in this town with farmer roots and low one story buildings.

It has become almost a formula for cities and municipalities to inject a youthful culture and energy into an area – as you may expect, it is about striking a balance and treating all of your artists well and creating a mixture of events and opportunities for the people to engage with the scene. Even when the population of your Catalonian town is a little less than 500 people.

Fonoll Mas. GarGar Festival. Penelles, Spain. May 2017. (photo © Lluis Olive Bulbena)

GarGar2 just happened in May with about 30 artists displaying public art in disciplines that touch on almost all of the currently used styles on the street; aerosol, wild style, figurative, illustration, neo-realism, photorealist, commercially slick, folk heroism, calligraphy, text based, pop art, abstract optics, political commentary, brush paint, stencil, craft, crochet, primitive sculpture… Organizers have studied the websites and social postings and surveyed closely what is happening in the mural/Street Art scene and are presenting a cross-section of at least one example of every category.

Sebastien Waknine. GarGar Festival. Penelles, Spain. May 2017. (photo © Lluis Olive Bulbena)

The somewhat arid agricultural community is spread out over many small roads and fields of wheat, rye, and corn. Old buildings are used for small art exhibitions and music venues – with many of the performing solo artists and ensembles playing a familiar mix of folk, jazz, afrocarribean, and electronic genres that merge local with international tastes.

It is a polished presentation meant to draw attention to the town, and we are thankful to photographer Lluis Olive Bulbena for capturing some of the images from this year’s festival. Following it is a video from last years’ GarGar.

Sebastien Waknine. Detail. GarGar Festival. Penelles, Spain. May 2017. (photo © Lluis Olive Bulbena)

Sebastien Waknine. GarGar Festival. Penelles, Spain. May 2017. (photo © Lluis Olive Bulbena)

BYG. GarGar Festival. Penelles, Spain. May 2017. (photo © Lluis Olive Bulbena)

Draw . Contra. Detail. GarGar Festival. Penelles, Spain. May 2017. (photo © Lluis Olive Bulbena)

Draw . Contra. Detail. GarGar Festival. Penelles, Spain. May 2017. (photo © Lluis Olive Bulbena)

Draw . Contra. Detail. GarGar Festival. Penelles, Spain. May 2017. (photo © Lluis Olive Bulbena)

Asu Calligraphy. GarGar Festival. Penelles, Spain. May 2017. (photo © Lluis Olive Bulbena)

Miquel Wert. Detail. GarGar Festival. Penelles, Spain. May 2017. (photo © Lluis Olive Bulbena)

Miquel Wert. GarGar Festival. Penelles, Spain. May 2017. (photo © Lluis Olive Bulbena)

Draw . Contra. GarGar Festival. Penelles, Spain. May 2017. (photo © Lluis Olive Bulbena)

Ryan Smeeton. Detail. GarGar Festival. Penelles, Spain. May 2017. (photo © Lluis Olive Bulbena)

Ryan Smeeton. GarGar Festival. Penelles, Spain. May 2017. (photo © Lluis Olive Bulbena)

Paella. GarGar Festival. Penelles, Spain. May 2017. (photo © Lluis Olive Bulbena)

Paella. GarGar Festival. Penelles, Spain. May 2017. (photo © Lluis Olive Bulbena)

Zeso WS. Detail. GarGar Festival. Penelles, Spain. May 2017. (photo © Lluis Olive Bulbena)

Zeso WS. GarGar Festival. Penelles, Spain. May 2017. (photo © Lluis Olive Bulbena)

Jofre Works. GarGar Festival. Penelles, Spain. May 2017. (photo © Lluis Olive Bulbena)

TV Boy. GarGar Festival. Penelles, Spain. May 2017. (photo © Lluis Olive Bulbena)

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GarGar Festival in Small Town Penelles, Spain.

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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