Amman has also been taken by storm by a very special socio-cultural form of expression, one wall at a time: Street art. Elegant, swanky, lively, and colourful mega-paintings adorn spaces that used to be blank in the cityscape, and transform once sober districts into sights worth walking through. It all began with the team from the Al Balad Theatre, which was looking for ways to culturally appeal to city dwellers from all walks of life – both on and off the stage. What resulted in 2013 was the Baladk Street Art Festival, which takes place annually in cooperation with international partners. As they had hoped, the murals have become a huge part of the city’s identity. Anyone looking at them will learn a lot about influential personalities and the attitude towards life in the region, even without speaking the language.