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Street art in Almaty

On a corner of Kurmangazy Street, Almaty, Kazakhstan, September 2022

There is some great street art around the city of Almaty, often brightening the large walls at the end of huge Soviet architecture buildings. This bright and colourful mural was next to one of my favourite bars in the city.

In a country that is ranked low on freedom of speech – Kazakhstan was rated 158th out of 180 in the World Freedom Index in 2018 – street art gives an opportunity to convey messages that might otherwise be denied. There is plenty of fun art out there too, plus some that is designed to reinforce state messages.


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Copyright Debbie Smyth, 10 October 2022

Enjoying street art has become a regular event on my travels around the world: more of my findings can be seen here
For even more art, pop over to see Sami at Monday Mural

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    • I certainly didn’t see anything political, or at least anti- govt. but there has been some from what a I’ve read. And govt plans to make it all pro themselves seem to have failed with people defacing it. I think Astana would be the place to get a better view of what is happening. It’s still on my to do list.

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