Take a walk around Belgrade, Serbia and you’ll quickly notice that the streets, alleys, and sidewalks are electrified by an overdose of amazing street art. The colorful artwork is a welcome reprieve from the brutalist architecture that characterizes large portions of the city. The absolute coolest thing I did in Belgrade was to take a tour with Street Up Tours, an incredible new group found by some local street artists that provides guided tours of Belgrade’s incredible street art scene. In this post, I’ll give you a brief taste of why I loved it so much with some photos of Belgrade’s amazing street art scene:
Tours of Belgrade’s Amazing Street Art
Bear in mind that these photos are actually just a tiny sample of the incredible street art you see on the tour. Note that I don’t get anything at all for recommending Street Up — I just loved the tour so much and think it’s a really interesting and off-beat thing to do in Belgrade. It costs 17 euros but, even if you are traveling on a budget, I think it is more than worth it.
There are a number of tours on offer that will take you to different parts of the city. You can go to the Salvamala district, the old Dorcol area, or Ciglana — an old abandoned brick factory that is now a hub for artists. There is even the option to spend time with some artists as they make street art – and to make some yourself!
The street art scene in Belgrade is really enormous and really diverse, so there is a lot to see.
Political Street Art
One of the things that struck me the most about the Belgrade street art scene was just how political so many pieces are. There are a number of pieces that promote veganism, environmentalism, and various different progressive causes.
A common stencil piece you’ll see all over the city reads “Make Money Not Art,” which is a tongue-in-cheek reference to societal and governmental attempts to limit and control Belgrade’s street artists.
This next stencil is a message of piece written in collaboration between Serbian street artists and refugees from Syria:
Sanctioned Street Art in Belgrade
Although, as everywhere, much of Belgrade’s street art is rogue and unsanctioned, there are also government and business-sponsored efforts to encourage street art in certain places.
More of My Favorites
Here are a few more of my favorite street art pieces from around Belgrade:
If you’re going to Belgrade, I highly encourage you to get in touch with Street Up tours at their website here. As I said, I don’t get a thing for suggesting them. I just loved it so much and think you may too. And if you can’t make it there just yet, you can still marvel at their really cool Instagram feed.
Lastly, for more reading on Belgrade’s street art scene, check out Time Travel Turtle and Drive on the Left. And if you need a break after walking around to see all the street art, pop into one of Belgrade’s coffee shops.
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