Adding colours to the city of gardens



 Usamah Mahmood Khan

LAHORE: General public and private entities come in to contribute their input to make the things better where governments, of whatever level they are, fail to deliver.

Street Art Competition is such an initiative that stands against wall-chalking of the city streets of Lahore. The enthusiasm shows that people still love their cities and want them look beautiful.

07A large number of people from various walks of life especially student participated in the Street Art Competition on Allama Iqbal Road in Lahore on Sunday.

The annual street art competition has been initiated by Message Welfare Trust and supported by Pakistan’s leading paint company Master across the city.

Decorating a large number of walls throughout the already vibrant city of Lahore, the Street Art Competition has now spread its colors to Multan, Faisalabad, Rawalpindi and Gujranwala.


The Competition gives the youth a chance to employ their creative abilities in beautifying their cities. They also get an opportunity to bring their thoughts and expressions in to art form through.

05Initiated early this year in March, the series of SAC has been scattering colors all over Lahore, travelling all the way to Multan, Gujranwala and Rawalpindi. Recently, more than 200 students from various education institutes participated in SAC. Armed with their expertise and raw talent of drawing and painting. 50 walls of Rawalpindi were tinted with meticulous designs painted by the youth of Rawalpindi.


With Pakistan and its beauty as the theme of the activity, the students of Rawalpindi presented their love Pakistan’s beauty and heritage through their creativity and paints. They walked through undiscovered terrains of their talents. Historical monuments and natural landmarks of Pakistan were painted. Those with the flair elaborate amusing graffiti on the large brick canvas.


With a vision of a better future, Master Paints both supports and supplies this anti wall chalking campaign as it gives people a break from the advertisement infested walls. Making the concept of talking walls as their foundation, SAC and Master Paints make their statement of a cleaner environment by inviting people to create from themselves a favourable surrounding. The thought of talking walls is talking about the beauty, culture, art and traditions of our country. It also encourages the art activities among the youth.

06Every talking wall depicts a story-a story that tells you something about the artist, a bit about the theme of the competition, a little about the colors and most importantly, it reminds us, the citizens of Pakistan, how our cup has been filled up to the brim with blessings in the shape of our country, and how we choose to ignore it instead of cherishing it.



Usamah Mahmood Khan is a travel and documentary writer. He tweets @UsaMahmoodKhan.


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