Village Erriad (Erriadh) and pictures of the project DjerbaHood
150 artists from 30 countries left 250 paintings on the walls of buildings in Tunisia on the island of Djerba in the village of Erriad (Erriadh). In June 2014, the village became the site for the DjerbaHood project and is now on the list of Djerba's best attractions.
First, we'll talk a little about the DjerbaHood project itself, and then we'll talk about a tourist trip to the village of Erriad.
The project was initiated by the gallery of street art Galerie Itinerrance in Paris. Its founder - Mehdi Ben Sheikh, he Tunisian by birth, known for the bright events in the world of street art: Street Art 13, Tour Paris 13 and Earth Crisis.
All these events looked as follows. Mehdi Ben Sheikh collected famous street art artists, and they painted their paintings on the walls of buildings in a certain area. No plan, no script, only free expression.
Do not confuse Street-art with the familiar graffiti, these are different things. Street art - this is primarily pictures, and not stylized letters, which we are accustomed to see on the walls of Russian cities.
Mehdi Ben Sheikh invited famous street masters: Add Fuel, Aya Tarek, C215, El Seed, Fintan Magee, Jace, Phlegm, Roa Roa), Swoon (Swoon), Julien Malland aka Seth (Julien Malland aka Seth). It is unlikely that these names are known to our readers, but in Street-art they are recognized masters.
Street art is now popular in Europe and is perceived as a full-fledged direction of painting and sculpture, although no European museum has a permanent exhibition Street-art, still ahead.
The event was covered in 70 countries, many publications were written about it: The New York Times, La Repubblica (one of the main newspapers in Italy), Le Monde and Liberation (the main newspapers of France), The Guardian (one of the main newspapers in Great Britain), TV channels showed: BBC News, Al Jazeera and others. In Russia, the news of DjerbaHood was published by RIA-Novosti.
Artists spent the whole summer, used 4,500 cans of aerosol paint and left home, leaving their creations to the court of local residents and tourists.
How to get here and where on the map
The village of Erriad is located almost in the center of the island far from the tourist zone. You can get here by taxi , the price of the trip will not exceed 25 Tunisian dinars , even if the taxi driver is lucky in the long way, wanting to earn more.
The second way to get to Erriad is to buy an excursion, usually called "DjerbaHood", or "DjerbaExplore".
This excursion starts around 14:00, tourists are taken to Djerba Explore Park to watch the Crocodile Farm , the Lella Hadriya Museum and Djerba Heritage . Around 5pm the bus leaves the park and travels to the village of Erriad. About 19:00 tourists return back to the hotels.
Of course, an independent trip is more interesting, because during the tour, tourists are not shown even half of the pictures. But the independent trip has its drawbacks. The village of Erriad has not yet become a popular tourist attraction, there are still no dozens of souvenir shops and hundreds of walking tourists.
The village lives its own life, and it's a little bit scary for a European to walk alone. And although there have not yet been any criminal cases with tourists (as the guides say), we recommend coming here by a group.
Price and time of work
The village of Erriad is open 24 hours a day, admission is free.
The tour costs from 20 to 35 USD for an adult tourist and from 10 to 18 for a child from 2 to 12 years old.
Pictures, paintings and more pictures
Comment on works of art is meaningless. Walk, look, take pictures against the backdrop of works of Street-art, for this tourists come here.
And something else important
These photos were taken in 2016, two years have passed since the writing of these pictures. As you can see in the photo, some pictures are not in the best condition. This is not surprising, because the walls for artists no one re-plastered and did not whiten.
In addition, some paintings were drawn not on the walls, but on objects of furniture. One picture on a pile of bricks, several were made on the ruins of houses. Most of these paintings lost.
How many more "hold out" these works of art? This is a complicated question. We think that in 2020 tourists will have nothing to do here. Hurry to see the village of Erriad and pictures of the project DjerbaHood!
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