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6 Stunning Murals from the Painting Festival Transforming a Tiny Egyptian Fishing Town

Artists from 13 countries across the world flocked to the fishing town of Burullus to adorn its walls with extraordinary murals, for the 3rd edition of the annual Burullus Mural Painting Festival.

The Egyptian fishing town of Burullus has seen its walls adorned with visually stunning murals for the third year in a row. The annual Burullus Mural Painting Festival hosts a number of artists from Egypt and abroad who all participate in beautifying the fishing town’s walls.

Organized by the Abdel-Wahab Abdel-Mohsen Foundation for Culture, Arts, and Development, the festival aims to put Burullus on the tourism map. Talking with AP, Egyptian contemporary artist Abdel-Wahab Abdel-Mohsen explains that the town becomes a "touristic attraction with its coloured homes and a great view of the Burullus lake."

Abdel-Mohsen told the agency that this year’s edition of the festival has seen artists from 13 countries around the world participate.

Egyptian artist Riham El Saadany, who is participating in the festival for the first time, painted a portrait of her daughter on a small wall next to grocery shop. Macedonian artist Mikica Trujkanovik also found inspiration in the juvenile innocence of the town’s children, "When I saw the magic of Burullus and the painted walls on my first day, I knew I was in the right place," she said.

The experience for Portuguese artist Paulina Evaristo’s painting touched more on themes such as inner beauty, love and God. "They identified with the painting and the idea of beauty as reflected on the wall and is now part of their knowledge," she said of the town residents’ reaction to her work.

Home to approximately 100,000 people and located in the Nile Delta governorate of Kafr El Sheikh, Burullus is a lakeside fishing town connected to the Mediterranean Sea through a narrow strait.

Mural by Egyptian Artist Omar El Fayoumi

In this Thursday, Oct. 13, 2016 photo, an Egyptian woman hangs her laundry over a mural by Egyptian artist Omar El Fayoumi in Burullus, north of Cairo, Egypt...

Mural by Iranian Artist Nasser Palangi

In this Thursday, Oct. 13, 2016 photo, an Egyptian man smokes a water pipe, under a mural pained by Iranian artist Nasser Palangi in in Burullus, north of Ca...

Mural by Egyptian Artists Alaa Awad, Moataz El-Emam, Alaa Abboul Hamad, and Adel Mustafa

In this Thursday, Oct. 13, 2016 photo, an Egyptian woman sits under murals by Egyptian artists Egyptian Alaa Awad, Moataz El-Emam, Alaa Abboul Hamad, and Ade...

Mural by Egyptian Artist Alaa Aboul Hamad

In this Thursday, Oct. 13, 2016 photo, an Egyptian woman sits in front of a mural by Egyptian artist Alaa Aboul Hamad, in Burullus, north of Cairo, Egypt. Fo...

Mural by Egyptian Artist Riham El Saadany

In this Thursday, Oct. 13, 2016 photo, an Egyptian child plays with sand in front of a mural by Egyptian artist Riham El Sadany in Burullus, north of Cairo, ...

Mural by Portuguese Artist Paulina Evaristo

In this Thursday, Oct. 13, 2016 photo, an Egyptian opens his home window recently pained a mural by Portuguese artist Paulina Evaristo in Burullus, north of ...

Photos: AP/Amr Nabil