Bratislava has a surprising amount of street art and I am not talking about graffiti. Yes, there is a difference between street art and graffiti.
Street art is constructive, asks important questions, it takes a fair amount of skill and exists for its audience. Graffiti, on the other hand, is destructive and self-centred. Street art can be an important creative outlet for local artists while graffiti accelerates urban decay.
Graffiti is considered a crime in Bratislava but there is one place in the city where you can spray paint the walls legally – Janíkov dvor in Petržalka. You can buy spays at the Rooftop shop which also happens to be a meeting place for the street art community.
The definition and uses of street art are changing – originally a tool to mark territorial boundaries it is now a positive tool of urban beautification and regeneration.
One of the main supporters of street art in Bratislava and in Slovakia is ArtAttack. They have their own clothing and music label as well as their own magazine. They also organise various street art gatherings.
Bratislava Street Art Festival takes place every June and lasts three days, attracting both local and foreign artists.
Továrenská Street was once a place dedicated to street art but most of the pieces have disappeared due to rapid development in the area. These last few images are of what remains today.