Urban art corresponds to an emerging artistic movement, which transits between the media space, the artistic space and the urban public space. The enormous visibility and success it has acquired in recent years, has generated a certain consensus as to its relevance in the contemporary city. Urban art has increasingly become an ever-present feature on the landscape of many global cities. In this context, municipalities have employed urban art as a tool to achieve certain objectives, of a cultural, economic or tourist nature. In this respect, one of the most used devices is that of urban art festivals, which are part of a broader process of cultural festivalization. In this article we will critically discuss this issue, starting from an extensive review of the literature and empirical data collected through various scientific projects, with particular emphasis on the Lisbon Metropolitan Area.
- Cultural development
- Public space