Ekaterinburg is recognized as Russia's street art capital – the unofficial title awarded to the city a few years ago. In the first days of each year, the organizing committee of Stenograffia Street Art and Graffiti Festival announces a theme, requesting entries from street artists around the world. The creators of the short-listed sketches receive invitations to visit Ekaterinburg in July, in order to give flesh to their ideas.
Great artworks suddenly appear in public areas like shopping centres' parking lots, sidewalks, underpasses, fences and tower facades. Thanks to a decade of street art infusions, the austere industrial city of Ekaterinburg now looks quite gentrified.