22 – 31 May 2008
Thanks to its geographical position, facing eastwards but on the shores of the Mediterranean, Puglia has always been a land where cultures have met and create a fertile melting pot.
The project foreseen to host the productions of the XIII Biennial in the whole region, creating a real artistic network on the basis of cultural, social and economic vocations of the Puglia territory, keeping with the spirit of the choose theme of the event, Kairos: Our Creative Diversity.
The disciplines were: Applied Arts, Gastronomy, Images on the Move, Literature, Music, Show and Visual Arts.
Theme: Kairos, Our Creative Diversity
The theme was originally conceived for the project of the Biennial of Alexandria in Egypt, were the event was supposed to take place in 2007. After the failure of the project, due to local social and political issues the event was skipped in 2008 in Puglia. The theme remained the same and also the will to have a specific focus on the South Shore emerging art scene, convinced that cultural differences are not a threat but represent an important resource to be exploited.
713 artists from 37 Countries (Albania, Algeria, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Cyprus, Croatia, Egypt, Finland, France, Jordan, Greece, Republic of Kosovo, Italy, FYROM, Malta, Palestine, Portugal, Republic of San Marino, Slovenia, Spain, Turkey, Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Denmark, Estonia, Germany, Ireland, Lebanon, Lithuania, Montenegro, Poland, United Kingdom, Romania, Russia, Serbia, Tunisia, Hungary) participated to the event and 400 among operators and journalists attended the event.
To be signaled for their inspiring works the following artists: Umut Skallioglu, performer and video-maker from Turkey, Muta Imago, theatre company from Rome, Valerio Berruti, visual artist from Italy, Heidi Moriot, visual artist from France and Lea Rasovszky, visual artists from Bucharest and Mistma Theater Group from Bulgaria and Serbia.
The main venue was at the Fiera del Levante in Bari, then different venues have been set up in the whole region with the intent to reply in many towns some artistic disciplines in order to permit the audience of wide areas of the region to assist to the artistic productions. The official program was accompanied by a large program of parallel events transforming the Biennial in a platform that hosted and presented the different experiences of the local emerging art scene.
in collaboration with
Presidency, Department for Economic Development, Department for Mediterranean Affairs, Department for Tourism and Hospitality Industry, Department for Transparency and Active Citizenship
Silvia Godelli – Regional Councillor of the Department for Mediterranean Affairs
Bernardo Notarangelo – Department for Mediterranean Affairs Manager
Isabella Tisci – Communication and Information Responsible
Davide Pellegrino – Department for Economic Development Manager
Francesco De Grandi – Productive Activities and Energetic Development Responsible
Luigi Ratclif – President BJCEM
Alessandro Stillo – Secretary General BJCEM
Carmelo Grassi – President Teatro Pubblico Pugliese
Giancarlo Piccirillo – Project Manager Teatro Pubblico Pugliese
Antonio Princigalli – Director Biennial Puglia 2008
Teatro Pubblico Pugliese (TPP)
Director Biennial Puglia 2009
Gerardo Draetta – Coordinator
Paolo Palasciano – Organization
Pasquale Gennaccari – Theatre, Dance, Music
Patti Morelli – Production Secretary
Antonella Gaeta – Organizing Secretary
Zone Attive – Visual and Applied Arts Installation
Emiliano Paoletti – Director, Luca Carosella – Coordinator, Matteo di Pietrantonio, Angela Ferramosca, Irene Priolo, Monica Sagaria Rossi
BJCEM Members Support for the installation
Erdag Aksel (Turkey), Enrica Carnazza (Italy), Maria Teresa Casado del Bao (Spain), Alkis Dikaios (Cyprus), Mona Hahn (Austria), Jurij Krpan (Slovenia), Dominque Thévenot (France), Jasmina Selmanovic (Serbia)
National and International Relations
Natale Parisi, Anna Donatiello, Koblan Amissah Bonaventure
Artistic Coordination and Design
Visual and Applied Arts: Antonella Marino, Marilena Di Tursi, Antonella Mari
Cinema: Silvio Maselli, Daniele Basilico (Puglia Film Commission)
Dance: Gemma Di Tullio (TPP)
Literature: Enzo Mansueto, Mauro Marino
Fashion: Silvia Viterbo
Music: Gianni Buttiglione
Theatre: Giulia delli Santi (TPP)
Viviana Neglia, Luciano Rutigliano – Coordinators, Elisabetta De Blasi, Bianca Bronzino, Clarissa Veronico
Roberta La Guardia, Barbara Neglia, Irene Giorgio, Luigi Lopalco, Marina Schirone
Regional Press Office
Lucia Ileana Sapone – Coordinator, Mara Maggiore, Alessia Viola
National Press Office
AdFarm and Chicas, Pierfrancesco Pacoda
Arci Comitato Regionale Puglia, Arci Comitato Territoriale Bari
Communications and Graphic Design
Studio 9 Italia
Pubblcità & Stampa