16th Lyon Contemporary Art Biennale
Postponed to September 2022

La Biennale de Lyon, in agreement with guest curators Sam Bardaouil and Till Fellrath and its public partners, have decided to postpone the 16th edition of the Lyon Contemporary Art Biennale, initially scheduled in 2021, until September 2022.
The current global public-health context is considerably slowing down direct contact with the artists, development of potential residencies and productions, activity with the stakeholders of the visual-arts sector, and interaction between art projects and the business world – all of which help to guarantee the quality of the Biennale. 

19th Dance Biennale

Programme and ticketing in march 2021 !

Pending fresh Government guidelines based on the deconfinement plan, the Dance Biennale team has decided, in conjunction with all the public partners that support the event – Lyon Métropole, the Regional Directorate of Cultural Affairs (DRAC), the Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes Regional Council, and the participating municipalities – to postpone until 2021 the next edition of the Dance Biennale, which was initially scheduled from 11 September to 2 October this year.
La Biennale de Lyon thus proposes to postpone the event until May-June 2021, alongside the Défilé, which had already been postponed to this period. Talks are continuing between Lyon Métropole, the Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes Regional Council and the DRAC, with the aim of still staging a 19th Dance Biennale that is demanding yet inclusive, and open to all.

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16th Biennale de Lyon

The Lyon Biennale chooses Sam Bardaouil and Till Fellrath, internationally renowned independent curators, to curate the Lyon Contemporary Art Biennale.
This 16th edition of the Biennale will be on view from September 200 until January 2023, and provide the occasion to celebrate its 30th anniversary. Isabelle Bertolotti, director of the Lyon Contemporary Art Biennale since 2019, explains her selection: “For several years now, I have been interested in the profound engagement that Sam Bardaouil and Till Fellrath create with local audiences in cities across the globe, and the central role given to artists in their curatorial projects. I am excited to see how they will apply the multiple projects stemming from their previous collaborative experiences to the Biennale and across the region. Their practices as independent curators, unattached to any institution, afford them high autonomy from which the Lyon Biennale will be able to benefit.”

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Where Water Comes Together With Other Water had several new features: a new artistic director, a curatorial team attentive to work being made now, a new outsized venue, innovative exhibition design, artists from every continent, a majority of exhibits created specially for the event, and an emphasis on collaborating with the local business community. This edition also more widely embraced the Lyon, metropolitan and regional territories with the Veduta platform, Associated Exhibitions, and Resonance events.
This edition of the Lyon Contemporary Art Biennale made its mark as a must-see event on the international art scene and an emotion-packed moment for all kinds of people!
A public success with over 273 800 visitors !