Tradition anew!
Biennale of Western Balkans, Ioannina, Greece

Biannual festival and year-round project that draws connections between intangible cultural heritage, art and technology.

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The Biennale of Western Balkans promotes intangible and natural heritage through art, technology and open knowledge, with the vision to inspire people experiencing tradition anew.

The Biennale of Western Balkans (BoWB) is a biennial festival and year-round project that was initiated in 2018 in Ioannina, Region of Epirus, Northwestern Greece. BoWB’s mission is to present interdisciplinary art and research that engage intangible cultural practices in transformative, collective and educative ways, advocating for open knowledge, open source technologies and the commons. BoWB aims to develop inclusive participation in a wide range of social groups and foster a network of transnational and intersectional mobility in Greece and the Western Balkans. We envision a boundary spanning approach to intangible and natural heritage that brings together past and contemporary cultural practices, encouraging collective action, art creation and well-being.

BoWB is an initiative of the History of Art Laboratory of the School of Fine Arts in the University of Ioannina.

Get to know us better by reading our Code of Conduct.


BoWB team 2020.

Scientific coordinator
Christos Dermentzopoulos

Programme curator
Mariana Ziku

Spatial Design
Iason Pantazis

Elli Leventaki

Associate curator
Artemis Papageorgiou

Associate curator
Katerina Zachou