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Fabrikaffiti Urban Art Festival 2018

By Mariam Chanishvili
Wednesday, October 10
Fabrikaffiti Urban Art Festival took place on October 6-7 in Tbilisi at Fabrika.

The festival was held for the third time this year and hosted to 40 artists from Georgia, Italy, Germany, USA, From Azerbaijan, Russia and the Baltic States.

The festival included not only street painting, but also other disciplines related to street art, such as skateboarding, street dancing, sketch battles and photography.

The festival guests attended the wall painting process as well as other activities, which included public lectures and movie screenings.

Italian artist Francesco Camillo Giorgino, known as Millo, who paints large-scale murals that feature friendly inhabitants exploring their urban setting was among the headliners of the festival.

Famous photographers, such as Martha Cooper and Nika Kramer were invited to Georgia within the frames of the festival.

Public talk by Martha Cooper & Nika Kramer - Evolution of a Revolution took place on October 6.

Cooper is a famous photojournalist from New York. During her 43 years of work, she created the photo chronicles of graffiti and hip-hop scene. Her photo chronicle presents the development of the graffiti scene in 70's New York and then worldwide.

Kramer is an event, sports, music and action photographer from Berlin. Her roots are from the Hip Hop scene, that?s why she specialized in B-Boy/B-Girl photography.

The event was supported by Fabrika Tbilisi, Impact Hub, Fabrika Hostel, TBC Bank, Urban Art Georgia, Tbilisi City Hall, US Embassy Tbilisi, Italian Embassy in Tbilisi, German Embassy in Tbilisi, Margo Skate Shop, etc.

Fabrika is a massive venue housed in an old Soviet-era sewing factory that has been transformed into a multifunctional space open for everybody.

Visitors can find various urban cafes and bars, art-studios, contemporary art shops, and a creative-educational studio focusing on photography, modern music, paint, and graffiti.