Biennial of the Americas: New pavilion, artists

Denver's new Biennial Pavilion opens today. 9NEWS at 5 p.m. 07/14/15.

DENVER - The 2015 Biennial of the Americas festival got underway Tuesday in its new space: the Biennial Pavilion in Denver.

The festival aims to unite cultures and engage in conversations about business and issues the affect the Western Hemisphere. Events are scheduled in the Denver area until August 30.

Tuesday's guest speakers were Govornor John Hicken Looper, Chairman of the Biennial Mike Fries and Executive Director Erin Trapp.

This year, a new element has been introduced to the mix: the Biennial Pavilion at 1550 Wewatta Street in downtown Denver.

Trapp explains the purpose of the new space.

"We wanted people to be able to experience the Biennial even if they didn't buy a ticket for anything. It's a chance to see some art from Mexico, hear an interesting talk, do some Spanish karaoke, have a drink at happy hour. It's just an chance to really soak in some of the cultures of the Americas this summer," Trapp said.

The temporary Wewatta Street Pavilion is open until August 30. The chats held at the pavilion will be much shorter lasting only about 15 minutes. They will be about topics covered in panels such as new leadership, women leadership, drug wars, politics, and business.

Pieces on display at the Biennial Pavilion are fromMuseo Comunitario de Xicoin Mexico City. The museum collects and protects archaeological artifacts discovered by residents in the area.

A street party event to celebrate the new pavilion is scheduled at 8 p.m. Tuesday. Local band theFlobotsandMaking Movieswill perform. The party will extend out along Wewatta Street.

Fulfilling the main purpose of the Biennial, performersCompanhia Urbana de Dançafrom Rio de Janiero, Brazil are in town and teaming up with dancers from theWonderbound studioin Denver.

Together, they are working all week long fusing styles and custom dances to be performed at the Biennial Night at Civic Center Park Friday. The event is free to attend and will feature performances by Black Violin, Ian Cooke.

Events will also take place at the Museum of Contemporary Art Denver, Ellie Caulkins Opera House, McNichols Building, Denver International Airport and Commons Park.

Most events are free and open to the public. To see a full schedule of events and speakers visit

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