Diversity brings colour to life.

Add Colour To Lives art project takes off at the Fryshuset Youth Centre in Malmö.

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Mural artist Joel Bergner may have been longing for his hotel bed following his 14 hour flight from Coney Island, New York via London.

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Joel’s energy is soon restored when he meets his young Swedish co-artists for the first time.

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“I love these guys,” proclaimed Joel, reflecting on their creativity, enthuasism and diversity. “I had no idea Sweden was so diverse: Iraq, Romania, China, Palestine, Brazil, Turkey, Bulgaria.

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All the best ideas start with planning…

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…so that’s where we began: brainstorming, plenty of listening, bouncing ideas around.

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Did you say, “two murals!”… Check out the second mural here.

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It wouldn’t be 2015, if someone wasn’t filming us! Thank you to Yuktesh aka Robocop for capturing “every” aspect of the project. We will be publishing the video very soon. In the meantime, why not watch a snippet of Joel at work.

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The start of first mural at the Fryshuset youth centre in Malmö, Sweden.

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Joel help gives shape to the designs.

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Keeping it in the family – father and sons bring a splash of colour.

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What do you think of my bird-monsters?

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Maira from Belem, Brazil was our most dedicated artist today!

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The personality or the mural is really starting to shine through now.

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Joel working hard into the night to add the finishing touches.

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The new mural designed and painted with 24 youth participants in #Malmö #Sweden based on their lives and community.

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Most are immigrants from a variety of countries and many are in the process of seeking asylum, which played heavily in the inspiration for the artwork.

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Thanks to everyone involved in making the first #AddColourToLives project such a success. Big thanks to Joel and all the inspiring people at Fryshuset in Malmö!

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After a long day, a well-earned bath and bed is what is needed.

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Goodnight! And let’s #AddColourToLives while we dream.