The Biennale of Western Balkans (BoWB) is a new arts and cultural event and institution, hosted for the first time in the city of Ioannina, region of Epirus in Northwestern Greece, in October 2018.
The vision is to bring intangible cultural heritage and community values in the contemporary context, in connection with art and new technologies.
Artefacts of intangible cultural heritage encompass community values through collective creation. They promote cooperative models of creation along the history of cultures (tradition, anonymous creation, copying practices), evolve over time and appear afresh in the present, serving as a beacon of inspiration for the future.
Intangible Cultural Heritage
Intangible cultural heritage (ICH) stands for the collective cultural expressions of the everyday culture, from small to expanded communities. It raises awareness, ensures respect, safeguards and promotes collective practices, representations, expressions, knowledge and techniques, ceremonies and performing arts, as well as tools, handicrafts and cultural sites associated with and recognized by communities.
BoWB explores the new artistic and creative directions of intangible cultural heritage, valuing in particular contributions that examine lesser known bodies of knowledge, collective, anonymous and non-textual works, women theorists, undiscovered collections, and projects that make interconnections of smaller scenes with wider ones.
Experience tradition anew, through contemporary art, new technologies and the commons .
The aim is to support and present contemporary art that can engage aspects of intangible cultural heritage of the Greek and Western Balkan communities, and of the European and international field as well.
Moreover, the Biennale aims to create a critical framework for the dissemination of contemporary thought and research in art and culture, open technologies and the commons.
Celebrate the past to build the future
Tradition anew .
With the title 'Tradition anew' the 1st Biennale of Western Balkans presents interdisciplinary projects that explore aspects of intangible cultural heritage and possibilities of their digital future.
The programme contains a main gathering event, three exhibitions and three conferences & workshops.
The Biennale sets up the framework to envision the creation of a virtual memory institution for intangible cultural heritage and contemporary thought.
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by Kostis Emmanouilidis
About the Programme .
The Biennale of Western Balkans operates both as a festival and an institution, through three main modules
Where the Biennale is taking place
Discover the 3 Venues .
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See the participating artists & artworks
3 Exhibitions .
See the participating speakers & creators
3 Talks & Workshops .
BoWB's blog .
Take a closer look at the activities and venues of the programme
Soundtrope Festival will present a set of cultural events related to the intangible cultural heritage of the Western Balkans and in particular the Polyphonic Song, one of the most interesting musical forms in the Eastern Mediterranean and the Balkans, as
Mekeio is hosting the interactive performance of Lotus Eaters “Resetting Homeland” (2017), in the dorm rooms of the School. Viewers wear headphones lying on the beds, where hundreds of young women where lying every night for nearly a century, finding a