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Most people are familiar with them by now – the colourful Writer’s Block murals that have breathed new life into the empty, grey walls. The cheerful and sometimes socially critical works of art by various street artists appeared in the centre of Leeuwarden last November. An announcement from the Writer’s Block – Mural Art Festival, which takes place this year on 12, 13 and 14 July.

During the festival, the now grey Klanderij parking garage will serve as the heart of the festival and playground for local, national and international artists. Serge Hollander, organiser of the festival, can reveal little about the programme at the time of writing. “The only thing I can say is that the parking garage will soon look very different. Everything that’s now grey will soon be full of colour,” explains Serge. Around forty artists from all over the world will cover the parking garage with colourful street art from top to bottom.

If it’s up to Serge, the parking garage will soon be one of the city’s new eye-catching attractions: “We want to transform the parking garage within a week. During the festival, everyone can get an up-close look at how the biggest street artists bring the parking garage to life using colour and pop art.”

Photography: Jacob van Essen

Every last Sunday afternoon of the month you can walk with a guide along the street art in Leeuwarden. Not only along the works by Writer’s Block, but also past other legal and illegal art works in public areas. Sign up via

About the festival

Date: 12 – 14 July 2019

Location: Parking garage Klanderij Leeuwarden

Discipline: street art

Tickets: Freely accessible

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