Between October 25-31 2018 there was another Distrito Graffiti Bogota held in the city. A bit late to post this article, but don’t worry this event has been a yearly event since 2016 so there is a big chance next year it will be held too. It is held in an industrial area on the walls of the old soda factory of Postobon, close to the shopping centre “Outlet de Las Americas” and the Transmilenio station Avenida Americas-KR 53. The event had a budget of COP 200 million (around $70000) and 25 grafiti artist were invited, amongst them artists from outside Colombia, like Jaune (Belgium), Whatisadam (Canada), Said dokins (Mexico), and Uriginal (Spain) While the street artist from Barcelona el Pez was in the organization.
Graffiti Hot Spot
Bogota according to many is one of the richest cities of graffiti of Latin America, that is now promoted as urban street art by the city government (Alcaldia de Bogota IDRT).
Sometimes sadly suffering and loss of life is needed to create free space and respect. Such is the case with street art in Bogota. In 2011 a grafiti artist was shot dead by a police officer while painting a wall. Since then much changed: there is a new police code where it is not allowed to use force against graffiti artists because of their work, and a list of spots on which it is allowed to paint and where not. Graffiti is also recognized as art by the municipality of Bogota and there are events like Distrito Grafiti with budgets for paint, courses to work on height amongst others.
The graffiti of Bogota has already attracted many, and there has also been attention from the international press like the Guardian.
Distrito graffiti gives you a look at the street art culture of Bogota, and you can visit it anytime because the drawings will be there left on the walls.