FESTIVALS + BIENNIALS + MANIFESTA + DOCUMENTA

The Twin Cities

  • Minneapolis
  • The Twin Cities is a hub for amazing art and inspiring social justice movements
  • It is an event created by EDIT, a local social justice youth arts nonprofit organization
  • The mission of EDIT is to empower youth to promote equity, diversity, and inclusion together in our communities through service learning, leadership, and the arts. EDIT uses photography, theater, service learning, and collaborative art as tools to engage youth in social activism, community involvement, and leadership opportunities.3742a9_31688a5b5f82459f9ecf814413786c92

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HRADBY SAMOTY (Walls of Solitude)

  • HRADBY SAMOTY (Walls of Solitude) is festival which focuses on audiovisual projects affecting musical genres as dark ambient, dark folk, drone, industrial, noise. The idea behind the festival is bringing together these genres with the mysterious atmosphere of monuments marked by the ravages of time.

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Nomadic Arts Festival 2016

  • Nomadic Arts Festival 2016: Neighbourhood & Territory 23rd-25th September is a performance and cultural festival, co-organised and hosted by A4 – Centre for Contemporary Arts, Bratislava. The aim is to engage with the local community around A4, by bringing the textures of the neighbourhood into the forefront, through research, arts and cultural activity. The festival is thus an investigation into Neighbourhood and Territory, which will celebrate and explore the area by inviting local, regional and international artists and researchers to work with local citizens, initiatives and NGO’s. The research aims to shed new light onto our own position in the place (home) where we live and questioning what our roles are within it: socially, environmentally and globally.
  • Nomadic Arts Festival is an experimental festival focusing on diversity, connectivity and community, through performance work and creative expression. Its nomadic nature encourages mobility, both geographically and in its form. Therefore the festival changes structure and is set in different locations each year. The cultural, social and ecological context of every festival site shapes the creative and artistic theme of each festival – attempting to create a temporary community of sharing, creativity, research, exploration and fluidity.
  • The festival has grown out of an ecological desire to use the realm of the arts for research, sharing and creativity, whereby to explore and draw focus to the specificities of local, cultural and geographical contexts. Similarly being nomadic by nature, the festival also puts an emphasis on creating intercultural and transnational communities. Focusing on sharing as a key ethos for learning, developing and exploring, the festival therefore aims to set up temporary communities throughout the world, where connections, relation and exchanges are facilitated.
  • The artists are the backbone of the festival and it is them who offers the opportunity for people to get together. Their sharing of research and explorations gives colours to the festival, but furthermore create a scope into the theme each festival presents, as a body of research of that theme, which will culminate in a documentation of the festival. So the festival both have an emphasis as an arts festival celebrating cultures, communities and the value of Live Art, but also functions as an exploration and research into themes, as an aim to shed new light on human and ecological conditions and issues of living in the world.
  • Also about justice – organized by tranzit.sk, Amnesty International Slovakia, Aliancia Fair Play….

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White Night 

  • White Night offers visitors the opportunity to take an unconventional artistic tour of the Slovak capital by night, full of new experiences and sensations.
  • It includes visually-stunning installations, concerts, films, theatre, dance, literature, live performances

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4+4 Days in Motion

  • This year’s 21st edition of the 4+4 Days in Motion International Festival of Contemporary Art moves into the unused Municipal Buildings in the very center of Prague. From 30 September to 8 October, the empty buildings next to Franz Kafka Square will host an extensive exhibition by 50 artists – sculptures, paintings, installations, and photographs selected by curator Pavlína Morganová on the subject of The Independent Research of Subjectivity. The Municipal Buildings will also host the premiere performances of various theater projects, public discussions with experts, guided tours, and children’s workshops led by renowned Czech artists.
  • Besides making use of abandoned and decaying buildings, the festival also focuses on new provocative and innovative artistic projects across a variety of genres, but primarily in dance and theater. Another traditional part of 4+4 Days in Motion is foreign performances representing the most interesting of what contemporary international dance and theater has to offer. Seven foreign ensembles will appear on the stages of the Archa Theatre and the Ponec Theatre as part of the festival.

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  • An exhibition is an unfolding organism, like a vegetable bud. It comes from intuitions, then it forms an instinct, then an opinion, then a knowledge; like a plant—which contains in itself many other living entities—it has roots, buds and fruit. 
After four years of preliminary encounters, seminars and preparations, after a 100-day exhibition and other activities in Kassel, a series of seminars and a 30-day exhibition in Kabul, an 8-day seminar in Alexandria, and a 14-day retreat in Banff, dOCUMENTA (13) closed in Kassel on Sunday, September 16, 2012, at 8 pm

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The Taipei Biennial

  • The Taipei Biennial is the most important exhibition for promoting contemporary art held by the Taipei Fine Arts Museum.
  • Between 1984 and 1991, the Taipei Fine Arts Museum hosted the exhibition projects “Contemporary Art trends in the R.O.C” and “An Exhibition of Contemporary Chinese Sculpture in the Republic of China” on alternate years. In 1992, these two exhibitions were consolidated to form The Taipei Biennial of Contemporary Art, which was the precursor to today’s Taipei Biennial. In its early years the artists participating in the exhibition were selected through an open judging process.
  • In 1998, after more than a decade of changes, and in order to adapt to the ‘biennial’ trend, and to promote Taiwan’s contemporary art internationally, the Taipei Fine Arts Museum began to invite internationally-renowned curators to cooperate with curators from Taiwan. Since then, the Taipei Biennial has introduced new artistic ideas from around the world that act as a driver of dialogue between Taiwan and other cultures, becoming a primary symbol of Taiwan’s contemporary art development and international artistic exchange.

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Manifesta

  • Manifesta, the roving European Biennial of Contemporary art, changes it location every two years – Rotterdam (1996), Luxembourg (1998),  Ljubljana(2000), Frankfurt (2002), San Sebastian (2004), Nicosia (2006 – cancelled), Trentino-South Tyrol (2008), Murcia in dialogue with  northern Africa (2010), Limburg (2012) and St. Petersburg (2014). The upcoming editions will take place in Zurich (2016) and Palermo (2018).
  • Manifesta purposely strives to keep its distance from what are often seen as the dominant centres of artistic  production, instead seeking fresh and fertile terrain for the mapping of a new cultural topography. This includes innovations in curatorial  practices, exhibition models and education. Each Manifesta biennial aims to investigate and reflect on emerging developments in  contemporary art, set within a European context. In doing so, we present local, national and international audiences with new aspects and  forms of artistic expression.
  • Each Manifesta comprises a range of activities extending over a period of two or more years. This incorporates publications, meetings,  discussions and seminars (the so-called ‘Coffee Breaks’), staged in diverse locations throughout Europe and in the neighbouring regions, culminating in the final three-month long exhibition (or in 2006, an ‘art school’) in the host city or region. In this way, Manifesta aims to create a  keen and workable interface between prevailing international artistic and intellectual debates, paying attention to the specific qualities and  idiosyncrasies of a given location.
  • Inherent to Manifesta’s nomadic character is the desire to explore the psychological and geographical territory of Europe, referring both to  border-lines and concepts. This process aims to establish closer dialogue between particular cultural and artistic situations and the broader,  international fields of contemporary art, theory and politics in a changing society. Manifesta has a pan-European vocation and at each edition,  it has successfully presented artists, curators, young professionals and trainees from as many as 40 different countries. With the expansion of  the European community from 12 to 28 countries, and with the possible target of around 30 nations in the foreseeable future, Manifesta also  realizes the importance of creating links with Europe’s neighbours in Asia, the eastern Mediterranean and northern Africa. At the same time, it  continues to focus on minority groups and cultures within Europe itself. Therefore Manifesta looks forward to expanding its network and  building creative partnerships with organizations, curators, art professionals and independent figureheads in Europe and beyond, drafting an  interlocking map of contemporary art.

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