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Stockholm bans advertisements for street art show

Stockholm's city council has been criticised for forbidding advertisements featuring street art

Not on my turf: banned posters

STOCKHOLM. The Swedish capital refused to allow advertisements for the annual “Art of the Streets” event, which took place from 13 to 14 August, to be put up in public spaces.

National theatre company Riksteatern planned the event and its organisers described the decision as censorship. It rented an aeroplane to fly over Stockholm, carrying a banner that read: “Graffiti can't be stopped.”

Similar advertisements were permitted last year, but despite the difficulties in marketing this year's event, the number of visitors almost doubled, reaching 5,900.

“Art of the Streets”, which is planned to travel to other Swedish cities, consisted of shows and workshops, plus a panel discussion on Stockholm's zero tolerance policy regarding graffiti.

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