9 ways to celebrate the Biennial of the Americas

DENVER – The 2015 Biennial of the Americas, an international festival of ideas, art and culture hosted in Denver, opens Tuesday.

This year's festival will feature innovative workshops, art exhibits, public installations, performances and panel discussions from leaders throughout the Americas.

Here are nine ways to celebrate the opening and experience the Biennial of the Americas:

1. Biennial Opening Night Street Party– July 14 from 8 p.m. to 11 p.m. at the Biennial Pavilion. The opening night party will feature a street festival with music by Flobots and Making Movies. The Oíd el Sueño de una Palabra / Listen to the Dream of a Word exhibit will also open at the pavilion. More info: http://bit.ly/1KTFOrg.

2. Now? Now! Art Exhibition Opening – July 14 at the Museum of Contemporary Art. This is the main art exhibition of the Biennial. It captures the atmosphere of life in the Western Hemisphere today. If you can't make it to the opening, the show will be up through August 30. More info: http://bit.ly/1SkQVtQ.

3. Generation NOW! New Leadership for a New World – July 14 at 7:30 p.m. at the Ellie Caulkins Opera House. The symposia is open to the public and explores how technologies and innovators are disrupting and reinventing business, civic and social life. Speakers include the CEO of Cisneros and the co-founder of Square. This is the first in a series of lectures. More info: http://bit.ly/1HZSmON.

4. Implant: Marcela Armas at Commons Park – Opens July 14. Check out the public installation in downtown created by Mexico City's Marcela Armas. More info: http://bit.ly/1O3O73h.

5. Vis-à-vis: Biennial Ambassadors Residency Exhibition – Opens July 14 at the McNichols Civic Center Building. This exhibit features work from four artists from Denver and Mexico City created during the Biennial Ambassadors Residencies. More info: http://bit.ly/1Mrqxgq.

6. Biennial Night– July 17 from 5 p.m. to 11:30 p.m. at Civic Center Park. If you can't make it out for opening festivities on Tuesday, check out Biennial night on Friday. Bomba Estereo will perform and there will be food trucks and activities for all ages. More info: http://bit.ly/1K4xPcs.

7. Performing Arts Day – July 18 from 12 p.m. to 4 p.m. at the Biennial Pavilion. Celebrate the performing arts with Performance Art NOW!, where art leaves the gallery walls in contemporary performance art practice. More info: http://bit.ly/1MrqZLC.

8. River of Fundament: A Film by Matthew Barney and Jonathan Bepler – July 18 from 5:30 p.m. to 11:30 p.m. at the Ellie Caulkins Opera House. Check out the film produced by contemporary artist Matthew Barney. The film has only been shown three times in the U.S. More info: http://bit.ly/1K4yf2l.

9. Taste of the Americas– July 1 to 31 at participating restaurants. Stop by any of the listed restaurants for special menu items that celebrate the cuisine of the Americas. More info: http://bit.ly/1Mrr8OX.

(© 2015 KUSA)


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