This month I had finally got to visit one of the most livable cities in the world, Melbourne. It’s a city that comes alive with every stroke of an artist’s brush; a city that lives, breathes and in fact dances to the creative tune of its people. Right on top of my ‘Must-Melbourne’ experiences has been the discovery of its art scene… exploring the creative streak of this city, one street art at a time! From the famous Hosier Lane to the graffiti art you find walking in laneways around the Royal Arcade in CBD; the city presents an interesting contrast of mixing functional with aesthetical, work with pleasure, a business district that is also the perfect place to party afterhours. Against the backdrop of Victorian era architecture and modern skyscrapers, you stumble upon breathtaking masterpiece hidden like precious gems in the laneways of CBD. It’s such a magnificent treat to find these artists spilling their hearts out on the city walls, one beautiful artwork on top of another- looking at them, painting each carefree stroke which lands exactly where it ought to be, it feels like they are breathing creative life into the city’s colorful heart! Lucky for me, I had the pleasure of visiting an art exhibition where they were showcasing works of inspiring street artists and their pieces during the wall-to-wall festival in Benalla, 2018. Each piece was bold, larger than life and vibrantly bringing an otherwise boring concrete wall to life. Inspiring art pieces, thought-provoking installations, and some pretty funky attire were put together to create a fancy cocktail blended to perfection. I was absolutely in awe of 2 particular pieces … one was by Claire Foxton where she celebrated a beautiful, powerful depiction of a young girl in bold blue strokes. The scale of the painting itself was probably a measure of the boldness of this young talented, badass girl, Jazzy Burke, with goals to touch the moon itself. As the artist shares, Jazzy is “brains, beauty and talent” and therefore a great role model for other young girls. The other was at the entrance of this exhibition. A grey and warm golden yellow piece left you with a big smile on your face, resembling the smile on the face of the girl herself who seems to be engaged in a sketch within a sketch- her braided hair symbolizing flow of energy, the feminine theme seemed to be running strong at the festival this year. And while I wish I could’ve attended the Wall-to-Wall festival itself, I was glad that I got a chance to view some of these gorgeous works here. On the whole the art canvas of the city is ever evolving, and growing, transforming the city itself, with authorized pieces like the ones I saw at the exhibition and the unauthorized works, some of which you might find in the laneways. After all, is there anything more “Melbourne-ish” than sipping a cup of coffee in one of the many snazzy cafes, admiring the different artistic expressions you find on the street walls… captivating, engaging, spectacular and surprising its visitors every step of the way!