Campaigning and celebrating with April’s street paper covers

“This cloudy weather won’t clear up without a storm,” reads the legend on Liceulice‘s bold red cover.

Featuring a man with his head in a bin and tackling the theme of sustainable development, the Serbian paper is just one of the inspiring street paper covers with a serious message we’ve collected from around the world this April.

While the messages may be serious, the mood has been predominantly celebratory, with some big anniversaries and some big names.

The UK’s Big Issue was taken over by comic book creator Mark Millar for a ‘heroes’ edition. Among the writers for the edition was Luke Skywalker himself, Mark Hamill, who interviewed one of his own idols, Ray Davies of The Kinks.

In Mexico, Mi Valedor were celebrating too – toasting the first time that they’ve featured a vendor’s artwork on their cover. Their multi-coloured tropical edition featured an buxom mermaid riding a turtle, bringing the seaside to a land-locked city.

Hus Forbi celebrated their 20th anniversary with a free edition, which vendors gave out to customers – read more about the hugely successful project here.

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With almost two decades on the streets of Italy, Scarp de’ tenis marked their 200th edition by speaking to some of the faces of the paper, including their ‘grandfather’ vendor, just before his retirement.

Back in the UK, Big Issue North shared an INSP News Service piece on their cover – The Big Issue Korea‘s photoshoot and interview with women who have escaped the repressive regime of North Korea for a new life in the South.

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See more street paper covers here… and check out our Best Cover nominees for the INSP Awards 2016 here.