Thursday, July 9, 2015

Biennial of the Americas kicks off July 14

“NOW!” is the prevailing theme of the Biennial of the Americas, the international festival kicking off July 14 in Denver to celebrate ideas, art and culture.

Planning and cultural exchanges have been in process for the past year with artists from Mexico City, and while Biennial of the Americas events will continue through Aug. 30, the opening week will be filled with special international events.

● The Opening Night Street Party and Celebration will be held from 8-11 p.m. July 14 at the Biennial Pavilion, 1550 Wewatta St., and at the nearby Museum of Contemporary Art Denver, 1485 Delgany St., both in Denver. An ongoing art project, led by Francisco Alvarado Juarez and Denver artists, will reflect the NOW! theme and continue through the week.

The party will feature music by the Flobots and Making Movies in this festive urban outdoor space that will host events through the week. Partygoers will be escorted from the pavilion across 15th Street to the Museum of Contemporary Art Denver, where a new exhibit, “Now? NOW!” will open with food, music and beverages.

● Biennial Night at Civic Center, in partnership with the Levitt Pavilion Denver, starts at 5 p.m. July 17 in Civic Center park off Broadway and Colfax Avenue, with performances starting at 7 p.m. Food trucks will be on hand, and there will be fun for all ages. Brazilian Companhia Urbana de Danca will perform, as will Canadian modern artist and emcee Jeremy Bailey, musicians Black Violin and the Wonderbound Dance Company. Ian Cooke will perform with the Colorado Symphony Orchestra. At 10 p.m., Latin Grammy Award winners will close out the evening. Events are free aside from food purchase.

Free daytime events include:

● July 15, STEAM (STEM+Art) Day, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. at the Biennial Pavilion, 1550 Wewatta St.

● July 16, Community Day at the Biennial Pavilion, 1550 Wewatta St. Events and performances 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Smithsonian presentation, Spanish karaoke, Motus Theatre, Los Dreamers, Café Cultura.

● July 17, Futbol Friday, Civic Center park in downtown Denver, 1 to 4 p.m.. Soccer in the Park, Youth Skills course hosted by the Colorado Rapids.

● July 18, Performing Arts Day, Biennial Pavilion, 1550 Wewatta St., 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Redline Performing Arts NOW!, Playground Ensemble with eight chamber music postcards, thematically related to the Biennial by professional composers.

● July 18, evening, Performance Art Night Denver at the Biennial Pavilion, with 20 performance works from different cultural backgrounds and completion of the ongoing installation.

● July 19, Companhia Urbana de Danca, 2 p.m. at Newman Center, University of Denver, full-length performance. Related workshops and master classes are planned.

Since planning has been ongoing both locally and internationally, we'd suggest a visit to the website,, for final information and a complete roster of events through August.

These events offer unique opportunities for families to increase their knowledge about arts in the Americas.

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