Mika Colours Paris

Trends come and go but high quality work and real values like expressing creativity and personal freedom, appreciating love and friendship, taking care of the world and each other and investing in art and education are never out of style. Today’s world is literally building in a new form as we speak. People find new ways to live, work and consume on a daily basis. However, aiming to high quality and real values is something that stays, artists who fit in that definition can stand out.

I felt truly inspired by the art project Mika launched in Paris in March 2021. The project that was done together with MAD Paris, the city and the outdoor advertisement spaces collected together 10 artists including Mika and his sister Yasmine. Thousands of posters for canceled events and exhibitions were replaced with colourful art posters highlighting the meaning of art and spreading positivity during the time when museums were closed and shows and concerts were cancelled. 

The poster Mika and Yasmine created reminds us to stay high. “We gonna stay high” were Mika’s final words in the end of each Revelation show and something that became an anthem when the pandemic started and the rest of the Revelation Tour in Asia and South and North America had to be cancelled.

Filling Paris with colourful art and spreading the message of spring was a beautiful initiative. It was refreshing to watch how positivity united and brought people together. Meaning behind music and art, even something as everyday as street posters, can provoke thoughts and help us to keep our mind on the right track and our spirit high. Mika tells us to dance through difficult times. His music shows us how love rules the world. It talks about tolerance and equality. 

There’s pressure for artists to use their platform to make statements but it's even more important to say the message every day in the music and in the attitude. The world struggles but artists continue their work in studios, on stage and even on streets.

When Stay High posters were spread around Paris it didn't feel sensible for me to travel during the pandemic to see posters and I never saw the exhibition in real life. When Mika does a new project even outside music I always do my best to see at least a part of it in real life, whether it's a signing session for a new design or a recording for a French or Italian television show. Not being able to see something as visible as street posters bothered me a lot. However, I managed to buy a posters online and now I can see it every day. The design is beautiful and I love the thought behind it. 

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