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Tatarstan's First Graffiti Festival

Graffiti artists from a dozen countries took part this week in a festival of street art in Kazan, the capital of the Russian republic of Tatarstan. The event, the first of its kind in Tatarstan, gave a face-lift to some 40 sites around the city. (Photos by Ildar Gabidullin of RFE/RL's Tatar-Bashkir Service)

Some 60 artists from across Europe visited Kazan to transform public spaces during the city's first graffiti festival.
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Some 60 artists from across Europe visited Kazan to transform public spaces during the city's first graffiti festival.

The artists had access to some 40 locations, including apartment buildings, bridges, and fences, totaling about 10,000 square meters of paintable surfaces. 
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The artists had access to some 40 locations, including apartment buildings, bridges, and fences, totaling about 10,000 square meters of paintable surfaces. 

Some of the artists had the help of industrial cranes to reach the upper stories.
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Some of the artists had the help of industrial cranes to reach the upper stories.

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