The Anti-Tourist

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Malta Street Art Festival - the Warm Up!

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The problem with travelling relatively often is that sometimes I miss out on the cool stuff going on at home!

While I was exploring Ios this summer, thirty amazingly talented street artists took over my hometown and painted it a million colours, all part of the annual Malta Street Art Festival. They transformed the crumbling Jerma Palace in Marsaskala into a stunning open air museum for all to enjoy. It took me a while to find the time to go explore, but with a public holiday at hand, this week was the perfect time for me to play around!

The main event usually happens around Valletta and Sliema, so it was a treat to get these international talents visit my hometown and decorate it with their stunning works of art. The drawings vary from cute to dark and styles mingle seamlessly, but they all send a message in their own unique way. If there's one thing art should do is to make you think, and these pieces certainly do that. 

Discovering all the pieces scattered around the once luxurious hotel is like playing a game of treasure hunt. Jerma has over five floors, two pools, a huge foyer and what were once beautiful elegant restaurants. The place is dilapidated - some places have been burnt down and if walls could talk, it would tell some incredible tales since its closing, but for me, abandoned buildings like this one hold a kind of charm and mystery, especially adorned with works of art as the ones added on this summer.

I just love exploring the halls which once housed thousands of travelers and exclusive guests, but now welcome anyone willing to climb over a low wall. I'll just let the pictures do the talking:

If you want to see the whole thing before the rain starts wearing it off, getting to Jerma Palace is easy - buses 91, 92 and 93 will get you to the town centre, which is just a 10 minute walk from the old hotel - it's one of the first things you'll spot by the coast! Let me know if you visit, and tag any pics with #antitourist - I'd love to see them all!

MASF artists taking part in the Jerma Warm Up event include: Bond Truluv, Mr Dheo, WD, Chemis, Pariz One and Odeith. I'm sure I missed out on some of the other artists, so please let me know in the comments below! 

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