The Havana Biennial will start in November and will be extended due to the pandemic

La Biennale de La Havane débutera en novembre et sera prolongée en raison de la pandémie

HAVANA, Aug 24 (EFE) The XIV edition of the Havana Biennial will be held from November 12 to April 30, 2022,

with a longer duration and changes in its structure due to the covid-19 pandemic, its organizers announced this Tuesday.

For the first time since its creation in 1984, the most important visual arts event in Cuba will last six months – instead of the month it normally covers – and will be divided into three experiences, the director of the Center for Contemporary Art has told reporters.

Wifredo Lam, Nelson Ramírez. Ramírez has indicated in a press conference at the Ministry of Culture that the first stage, called Preamble, will last from November 12 to December 5, focused on the theoretical aspects of this type of event.

From December 6 to March 24, 2022, the second experience entitled Havana de la Bienal will take place when they will summon Cuban artists and guests to present projects that will then be evaluated according to their quality, he assured.

In the case of the guests, there are still no details as to who will be able to go to Cuba due to travel restrictions due to the pandemic, he has pointed out. The last of these phases, called Return to the Future, will be from March 25 to April 30 of next year as an epilogue to the most important cultural event for the visual arts in Cuba.

“It will be made up of a curatorial exhibition divided into several nuclei or projects that will be developed mainly in the Cuba Pavilion and the Línea y 18” Cultural Station in the Cuban capital, he has indicated.

The event program includes a virtual edition in case the epidemiological situation in the country prevents any of the planned activities from being carried out, according to the organizers.

The last chapter of the Havana Biennial was in 2019 and welcomed more than 300 artists from 52 countries who “intervened” for a month facade, parks and buildings with works that invited the public to interact.