When you think of Ljubljana, the first words that come into your mind are probably Slovenian Capital, romantic, riverside café culture and vibrant. Well, let’s stick to the last one, because that is exactly what I was looking for.
I was in the old town, looking at the beehive of tourists gazing at city maps. I must have seemed lost I think, because suddenly a guy speaks to me:
Can I help you?
Can you? I say with a smile.
I thought he was just playing his local flirt tricks on a poor dazzled tourist like me. But he was wearing a shirt with the word Tour-guide on it, among others. So I wag my tail with joy, and ask him to send me in his favorite part of the town.
He says: but it’s far away.
And I don’t care, I said.
This is how I have discovered the Metelkova City artistic space, a place where graffiti is a form of art, not vandalism. Metelkova is a non-residential squat with buildings that used to be the barracks of the Yugoslavian army . This free ‘city within a city’ is a sanctuary for artists. It houses open air galleries, studios and bars which sell tax –free alcohol. You can find it at 20 minutes walking distance from the old city center.
Where else to Find Street Art in Ljubljana
Besides Metelkova, there are other two locations
- Rog — Former bicycle factory, now cultural parc with many events
- Trubarjeva Cesta — a shopping street with cheap restaurants and loads of graffiti
For a photographer it is a joyride. Here is why:
12 Photos of Ljubljana’s streetart from Metelkova parc
Thank you for reading.