Street-Art in Minsk

A year ago, if someone had asked me about any interesting places in Minsk, I would have been really confused, not knowing what to say.

Now I know about the sites like TripAdvisor. Let’s see what it would advise us on “where to go in Minsk”. Wow, a square, a memorial, a park, another square, two more memorials. That creates an impression that there is nothing to see but very standard things.

However, there are a few more things that I found more interesting that going to yet another museum. One of them is the wall of Victor Tsoy. I’ve mentioned it in my very first post.

10641139_697133997029897_9041326358433802245_nOne more thing I would recommend to see is street art in Minsk.

Let’s see what Lonely Planet tells about this city (well, apparently, about the whole country):

Belarus allows the chance to visit a Europe with minimal advertising and no litter or graffiti.

Well, now it is obvious for me that the person who wrote this visited the capital of Belarus for 3-5 days and probably didn’t go anywhere outside the touristic places. I won’t speak about litter in this post, let’s discuss graffiti.

So, let’s get acquainted with street art of Minsk.

Why not to paint on the embassy building?

IMG_2549There is a factory near “Pervomayskaya”. It also doesn’t mind any street art.

IMG_2717IMG_2719 IMG_2724 IMG_2732 IMG_2735A portrait, street-art style.

IMG_2744Let’s see what is painted on the fences.

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IMG_2765Wall-art, smaller size.

IMG_2767 IMG_2768Not all the paintings are so nice, of course. There are also lots of simpler ones.

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Ad Censorship in Minsk Metro

Today I’ve came across this ad in the Minsk metro. Looks like an ordinary folk group, any idea why it was censored?

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Censorship on ads isn’t a common thing in Belarus, so I have no idea, because the photoes of the band that I’ve found on the indernet look pretty normal (well, at least if we’re having in mind a folk/punk rock) group.

Where I live

First of all, hello, everybody, who reads that.

This is my fist post in this blog. My name is Sergey. I am 19 years old. Last time I travel much, so I am going to write here about my trips and maybe, share some other thoughts. As you’ve probably noted, English is not my native language, but I hope I’ll make it better, through writing articles here. In addition, I want to improve my writing skills, and readers’ opinion is important for me. So whatever you think on what I write, comment it! You will really make my day.

I live in Belarus, you’ve probably haven’t heard much about this country. The first post in every blog is a kind of “self introduction”. And because I am going to write about the place I visit, my self-introduction post will be about Minsk – the city I live in. All the photographs are made by myself. When I see some nice moment, I just want to capture it. I don’t have any specific equpmient, so I use my iPhone 5S’ camera. 1604473_747507925325837_5236753815990085081_nYep, that was the first photo. This photo is made in the district on the edge of the city. I’ve made it when it was winter. Then I’ve shared it at my facebook profile. In summer, the city looks different, and there’s also easier to catch a nice sunset scene. 10636298_697134280363202_4994379961563464221_nThe next is the place called Troitskoye Predmestie (“Троицкое Предместье”). I think this place can be found on typical Minsk postcards. 10616488_697134067029890_7382271536458243935_nIf you really want to, you can find some really nice places in Minsk. I will post only a few more photo of such places, and then will move on further with the other views. 10615544_697133960363234_7317134819771536490_n Apart from nice places, we’ve got a lot of various wannabe-graffitists here. 10600553_697134393696524_6748216959273338091_nAt the left there’s a sentence “БОГА НЕТ”. Well, in Russian that means “God does not exist”. Ironically, this fence is located not far from one of the most popular churhes of Minsk, in the center of the city. Umm, there you can see a lot of different attempts. 10646903_697134223696541_7007466035134276076_nActually, we don’t have troubles with vandalism here. These views are more like exceptions from the rule. 10641139_697133997029897_9041326358433802245_nOne hundred meters from the house I live in, there is such a wall. I don’t think that if you take an excursion tour in Minsk, somebody will take you here. This is so-called “Victor Tsoy’s wall”. Victor Tsoy is the cult singer in the 1990-s in the USSR. When he passed away, the fans began to write their thoughts in order to express their pain on this loss. Nicely, nobody banned them from doing so. You may find this place similar to John Lennon’s wall in Prague (I will write about it later), but here everything is devoted to this particular person. For the comparison, in Prague you can also see some slogans for Chechoslovakia breakup. Inside of one of the parks there is a memorial in honor of the people who were defending Belarus in different times. Processed with VSCOcam with c1 presetIt is really popular to decorate anything with flowers. Here is a part of cortyard of Belarusian State University, where I study. IMG_1505

I like ordinary things in the cities. Here is the new metro station in Minsk.

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A metro train inside.

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