TO SEE | FESTIVAL
When going to Nîmes, you most probably stop by some of the ancient Roman monuments scattered across this ancient town. But there is more: time to visit urban Nîmes! Every fall, the graffiti festival Expo de l’Ouf turns the Gambetta and Richelieu quarters into a great open-air gallery. With fantastic wall-art that is there to stay.
Recently I have visited Nîmes quite a bit. However, I only stayed in the historical city centre. Being curious, I love to discover new places though, and when I heard about a graffiti exposition in Nîmes, I had to find out more. As I didn’t have time to do a visited tour, I printed my map from the informative Expo de Ouf website.
It all started in 2012 when Cédric Crouzy wanted to shake things up around Nîmes. He created the association “Bullshit”, a great name for an association located in the main bullfighting town of France. At its headquarter, Cédric invited a dozen of local artists to create a piece at the walls. Expo de Ouf was born, and as of 2014 also the walls outside are used to expose.
With help from the map, I discover the neighbourhood. Old pieces mix perfectly with the newly added ones, and every corner might hide a great work of art. Although street art has gone mainstream, here in Nîmes you can still admire graffiti in its true element. But next year I’ll be sure to book a tour, which I highly recommend if you want to learn more about the artists and quarters.