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First Lady Of France Visits Lodhi Art District In Delhi

The St+art India foundation with the support of Asian Paints, CPWD, Bonjour India, Institute Francaise and The Embassy of France welcomed the First lady of France, Mrs Brigitte Macron to India’s very first open public art district

New Delhi, Delhi, India

The Lodhi Colony area of Delhi which was transformed into India’s very first open public art district as part of the St+art Festival in 2015. The two month long festival had brought together over 25 street artists from India and across the world to brighten the city with art interventions like murals, installations and more. The popular art district is visited by many dignitaries throughout the year. One such luminary to grace the Lodhi Art District yesterday was The First Lady of France, Mrs Brigitte Macron.

St+art Sr. Architect, Mr. Pierre Guyot, who conducted the special tour for the First Lady walked for an hour and a half across the Art District, says she was particularly interested by some very powerful work, as the birds by Daleast or original aboriginal by Reko Rennie. Mrs Macron was also very impressed in the diversity of techniques used by artists that shows that street art is a very lively artistic trend that goes beyond graffiti. Furthermore, she was particularly impressed by the creation of an open air art museum that offers art to all in the most relatable and engaging manner.

Pointing out also how the spirit of cultural exchange and collaboration that many pieces (for example "We Love Delhi", collaboration between the French duo Lek & Sowat and the Indian artist Hanif Kureshi) brings in Lodhi, is felt in every corner, giving an inspiring vibe of an environment which is both local and global.

The visit also highlights the successful and prolific collaboration between St+art India Foundation and the French institutions in India (Embassy of France, Institute Francaise, Alliance Francaise), which recently culminated in 4 projects across Mumbai, Hyderabad, Calcutta and Chandigarh on the occasion of the Bonjour India project. A project started in 2015 by St+art India Foundation and made possible thanks to the collaborative efforts and unconditioned support of Asian Paints, the Minister of Urban Development, CPWD, DUAC and more than 20 Embassies and Institutes of Culture.

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