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The Biennale di Muro Dipinto is held in Dozza every two years in September; the next one will take place in 2013. The event has run since 1960 and it brings artists from Italy and abroad to paint beautiful murals on the walls of the historic center, transforming the town into a big open air gallery. It actually started as an effort to put this tiny village “on the map” and attract tourism. It was a bit like the case of Chemainus on Vancouver Island in Canada’s west coast. To this day, it’s possible to admire some of the earliest works that date from the 1960s onwards; they actually restore the murals every few years to help in their conservation. Since the start of this event, Dozza has evolved into the capital of modern frescoes. Over the last couple of years, curator Fabiola Naldi—the Muro Dipinto—has also invited artists from the graffiti domain to take part in the event, which adds to the already interesting mix of styles present in Dozza. If you’re headed to Bologna, you should definitely consider paying this charming little town a visit. Visit the Biennale del Muro Dipinto website for more information (in Italian only). To see more photos of the murals, check out my photo gallery.

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