Split Celebrates Street Culture with xSTatic 2021

Daniela Rogulj

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Graffiti art, skateboarding (skate park Kolo), breakdance (Underground Society), street basketball (Unisport ST), stand-up comedy (SplickaScena), and a live radio program (KLFM) – the best of the Split street art scene with strong international reinforcements will gather on Saturday at Gripe and Koteks.


The 8th xSTatic will host as many as 24 domestic and 4 international graffiti artists, and drawing in city locations has already begun. The unfinished concrete surfaces of the Spaladium Arena will be painted by graffiti artists Lonac and Jarus, probably also known to a broader audience.


“The fact that this is the only event that promotes urban culture and is intended mainly for young people speaks volumes about the importance of the festival. In addition, I am glad that at a time when everything is online, and interactions take place almost in a robotic form, we organize a festival that makes you go out, look, perceive, cheer, get inspired, and in the end – enjoy. For me personally, xSTatic is the pinnacle of everything you either do/create or try to make/create throughout the year,” said the organizer of the graffiti section and one of the first graffiti artists in Split, Pero Rančić, ahead of the Festival.


The all-day program starts in the morning when graffiti artists begin drawing and continues with afternoon competitions. The skate competition organized by the Split skateboard club Kolo will begin at 1 pm, and the competitors will measure their strength and skills ‘one on one’, modeled on the Game of skate. A street basketball competition will follow at 2 pm, followed by an “All style battles” dance competition at 3 pm. Participants’ dance skills will be assessed by famous dancers Kamilla (LT), Leksa (BiH), and Lux ​​de Lux (HR). Announcements of winners in all categories will begin at 6 pm.


The all-day program does not end there. From 8 pm, stand-up comedians “SplickeScene” will make everyone laugh, and Split hip-hop musicians Alejuandro Buendija and Sons, Banana Zvuk, Krešo Bengalka, Žuvi, Magellano, Lil Bear, and Phlagma will make everyone dance.

The all-day program will be accompanied by KLFM radio behind the scenes, which will move its studio to Gripe for the weekend, broadcast shows, and provide an all-day electric music backdrop to the festival.

Admission to the entire festival program is free and follows all applicable epidemiological measures. Covid certificates are required to enter the evening concert.

This year’s xSTatic coincides with the International Day of Nonviolence, so it is a great opportunity for young people to celebrate good vibes, socializing, and have fun.

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