Street art could be a way to attract tourists to capital

AS AN avid traveller I have seen many cities and experienced many cultures.

One thing that stood out to me was the art scene overseas, in particular those of graffiti artists.

Graffiti is considered vandalism in some areas but it is fast becoming accepted as a form of street art.

Ranging from simple written words to wall paintings, graffiti are drawings painted on a wall or other building surface.

Graffiti is more than just an expression of social messages but display of artistic imagination using spray paint.

A file photo of street art during the recent BWN Street Fest II in the capital. – RAHWANI ZAHARI

Street art makes a dull city more colourful and vibrant. It also becomes a hotbed for tourists and artists alike.

For instance, you have the Laman Seni 7 in Shah Alam, Selangor where young artists turn the back alleys of shop houses into a public art gallery.

You can see tourists, both local and international, busy snapping photos and contributing to the economy there via hotel stays and eateries.

Brunei has a lot of talented artists and we can see various artworks at the Skate Park, Hassanal Bolkiah National Stadium and recently in the capital during the BWN Street Fest which saw a few street artists presenting their works,

Perhaps the authorities can introduce a permanent location for street art which is accessible to tourists.

Maybe this can be done at the Youth Centre in Bandar Seri Begawan or Taman Mahkota Jubli Emas.

Or perhaps in Kiulap or Gadong where tourists can enjoy their shopping and are able to walk around?

To avoid illegal graffiti, the authorities could make it so that only trusted artists can create their work under supervision.

– Avid Traveller