Built on local graffiti culture, dating back to 1984
Næstved Kunstby is the result of a unique and self-organized graffiti tradition, which for more than 30 years has granted Næstved a special status within international graffiti and hip-hop culture.
Hip hop and graffiti culture came to Europe and to Næstved more than 30 years ago. Since that time the city
has continuously had several unofficial street galleries. For this reason Næstved has always had a regular flow
of visiting graffiti artists from all over the world.
Næstved has an unofficial and very unique place in Hip hop history because many of the local artists have stayed
here and helped each other build and develop the culture. For the general public, the culture has remained invisible for the most part. However once in a while it surfaces in the streets or on a stage in a professional presentation for
all to witness and enjoy, only to then find its way back into the studios again where the crafts of the culture and skills
of the artists can continue to be fine tuned and developed.
International graffiti culture
All the works belonging to Næstved Kunstby are made by an array of international artists selected and curated
because of their focused efforts and commitment to graffiti culture.
Each artist belonging to Næstved Kunstby comes from the graffiti culture and plying their skills in the streets was
always part of growing up. Their learning and development came from hours of dedication in the streets or by the railroad tracks as opposed to training in art schools and professional environments. Subsequently, they now do
more than just create works of art. They all actively contribute to the culture of hip hop and both inspire and
educate young talents worldwide. This was also a driving force behind their agreeing to participate in this project.
This is the amazing, untold story on which Næstved Kunstby is built. None of it would have been possible without
this network, the graffiti, the graffiti artists themselves and plenty of initiative.
Go for a walk around Næstved and experience this wonderful city and enjoy the murals carefully integrated in
the city scape. Some murals will disappear and new ones will be added, continuously.
Næstved Kunstby will continue to inspire future adults, create a visible culture amongst the youth and provide unexpected cultural moments that resonate on a international level.