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An explosion of images adorns the drab concrete – from eye-popping Arabic calligraphy to cartoon characters, from Banksy-like stencils to Cubist paintings. In advance of Aley's ambitious arts and cultural festival this weekend, Ahla Fawda (literally Best Chaos), the festival NGO has partnered with the municipality of Aley and the Tourism and Culture ministries to commission graffiti from a selection of Lebanese and U.K. street artists.To boost the town's appeal, the governor installed over 200 sculptures by Lebanese and international artists in Aley's main square, signaling the city's desire to serve as a center for art and culture in the future.After the festival, several participating Lebanese artists will travel to the U.K. for residencies.The street artists' styles differ as wildly as their backgrounds.Lebanese graffiti artists are also stretching themselves culturally – just by leaving Beirut.The Ahla Fawda Festival gets started at Symposium Aley, Saturday Aug. 5 and runs through Aug. 6 .
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