September 5, 2017
Biennial of the Americas Shines Cultural Spotlight on Denver
The goal of the Biennial of the Americas, which occurs every two years, is to create and curate content and partnerships in the ideas, arts and cultural fields, and develop new ways of building thriving businesses and communities throughout North, Central and South America. The four-day series of events will feature thought leaders from 20 countries; it will also draw artists, scholars and involved community members from across the Americas, fostering cross-cultural discussion and business opportunities while showcasing Denver's and Colorado's cultural strengths.
"We are proud that this significant event brings so many thought leaders, artists, activists and people of various backgrounds and cultures to Denver," said Richard Scharf, president and CEO of VISIT DENVER, The Convention & Visitors Bureau. "It is an honor to showcase not only how welcoming The Mile High City is, but also to highlight our own diversity and rich cultural institutions. The Biennial's local partnerships with organizations like the Denver Art Museum, Museum of Contemporary Art Denver and other civic organizations ? really validate Denver as a cultural leader."
The 2015 event hosted more than 100 events with more than 25,000 participants attending the weeklong program of events; this year, organizers moved the festival to September and are expecting larger numbers, since it no longer interferes with summer holidays.
Highlights of this year's event include the new "Lunch and Learn," series ? public lunch and dinner events with panel discussions led by artists, business leaders and politicians. There will also be a spotlight on Denver's cultural institutions and exhibitions, including Mi Tierra: Contemporary Artists Explore Place at Denver Art Museum; the opening of Saber Acomodar (Know-How), a multi-artist exhibition from Guadalajara, Mexico, at Museum of Contemporary Art Denver; and photography from Guy Veloso at Museo de las Americas. Concurrent with these exhibitions is the year-long Black Americas Project: The Evolving Black Experience in the Americas, which explores the cultural, political and economic impact of the African Diaspora on the Americas through a series of events around the city. An "Americas Symposium" night on September 14 will feature speakers including Pulitzer Prize-winning author, Dave Eggers, and host of CNBC's "Squawk Box," Becky Quick.
The main public event, "Havana Nights @ Biennial," at the Denver Rock Drill project in the RiNo (River North) Arts District on September 15 and 16, will feature free concerts from international artists including hip-hop star and filmmaker, X Alfonso. "Havana Nights" will feature a unique blend of Cuban and U.S. arts and culture offerings including visual programming, dance performances and more.
There will also be events and celebrations throughout The Mile High City throughout the Biennial; and, before and after the festival, Denver's cultural attractions will continue to provide inspiration and opportunities to be a part of the deep connection that North, Central and South America share.
Kick off Hispanic Heritage Month at the Fiestas Patrias Festival at Civic Center Park
Explore Art, Culture and History, all within a few blocks
Take in the View from a Rooftop Restaurant
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