For a long time, the height of Polish street art amounted to scrawling less-print-friendly versions of “All Cops Are Bastards” and “Lech Poznań 4ever” on residential buildings and/or historical monuments in the dead of night, while the 'artist's' accomplices kept watch on the street corner. Older Poles will also remember the occasional party-sanctioned propaganda murals - not the best connotation either. It was only around 2009-2010 that quality outdoor art started rapidly gaining ground in PL, spawning mural artists and street art festivals throughout the country.
Like many Polish cities wishing to shake off the lingering greyness left behind by communism and its lacklustre “one million and one” blocks of flats, Poznań has taken to professional street art with great enthusiasm. The local scene took off in 2011 with the first edition of the Outer Spaces Festival, which saw renowned muralists from Italy, The Netherlands, Spain, and France invited to spice up the drab exteriors of five carefully-chosen buildings. The project was a hit, and a second edition was organised a year later, adding a pop of optimism to Wilda, Poznań’s supremely grey, impoverished district once deemed “Satan's lair” in a Pidżama Porno song called Ezoteryczny Poznań (“Esoteric Poznań”). The third (and, sadly, last) edition put the spotlight on Jeżyce, the visually unremarkable but increasingly “alternative” district west of the centre. More recently, a pair of local artists have adopted a literary approach by adorning Wilda and Jeżyce walls with poetry by Zbigniew Herbert, Tadeusz Różewicz, Wisława Szymborska, and other Polish poets, as well as with original works inspired by talking to passersby - unfortunately, these will be unintelligible to most foreign visitors.