2017 Biennial of the Americas reveals notable names, tickets — The Know from The Denver Post – Colorado News

2017 Biennial of the Americas reveals notable names, tickets — The Know from The Denver Post – Colorado News

Artist Agustina Woodgate from Argentina paints numbers on her city-spanning project “Hopscotch Denver” along the sidewalk of Arapahoe Street outside of the RedLine on Wednesday July 15, 2015, for Biennial of the Americas. (Cyrus McCrimmon/Denver Post file )

Cultural, political and business leaders from more than 20 countries will return to Denver Sept. 12-16 for the fourth Biennial of the Americas, an arts and policy festival that seeks to unite many of the Western Hemisphere’s most vibrant thinkers and creators.

A good chunk of the programming for the 2017 Biennial, which was established in 2010 by Gov. John Hickenlooper (then mayor of Denver), is open to the public, with a mix of ongoing art exhibits, panels, symposiums and festival-ending cultural performances.

If past Biennials are any indication, registration these sessions — modeled in part after the the annual World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, the Venice Biennale and the Aspen Ideas Festival — will fill up fast.

“This year’s Biennial of the Americas promises to convene a diverse array of public figures, global topic experts, innovative artists and deep thinkers packaged into one riveting international festival,” said Erin Trapp, CEO and director of the Biennial, in a press statement.

The 2015 Biennial hosted more than 100 events and attracted 25,000 participants, according to Biennial officials.

Highlights of this year include four major art exhibits: the Latino-focused “Mi Tierra” at the Denver Art Museum; “Saber Acomodar: Art and Workshops of Jalisco 1915-Now” at the Denver Museum of Contemporary Art; video and still photography from renowned cinematographer…

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