The third edition of the Biennial of the Americas officially kicked off in Denver Tuesday July 11th with a press conference where Governor John Hickenlooper proclaimed that the past two Biennials have put Denver on the world the stage and that this third edition would be the best yet. The Governor said the the Biennials have helped establish Denver and Colorado as places of international commerce with strong relationships throughout the hemisphere.
“When we expand our trade, we reaffirm our position as a destination for tourists but also for entrepreneurs and people who want to build businesses, families and a life,” said the Governor.
A street party featuring the music of Making Movies and the Flobots brought out hundreds to the Biennial Pavaillion at 15th & Wawatta St. in downtown Denver for an opening celebration of what promises to be an incredible week of experiencing the art, ideas, culture and music from throughout the Americas.
The Biennial of the Americas was established by now Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper when he was Mayor of Denver, together with leaders in the arts and business in the City of Denver. Since 2010, the Biennial of the Americas has engaged tens of thousands of participants in round table workshops, groundbreaking symposiums, and artistic practice. The Biennial of the Americas creates and an opportunity to connect the Americas and work on solutions to similar shared challenges. “The Biennial was created to recognize and build upon the important economic and cultural ties in the Americas. We face societal issues that are similar, and working together on solutions is the first step. The issues or challenges may arise at a local level, but our success can be measured by our ability to help our audiences identify, understand and address these challenges for multiple groups of people across our northern and southern borders.”
Photos by Joe Contreras, Latin Life Denver Media
Photos by Teddy Gomez, Xposer Photography for Latin Life Denver Media