Manifesta 15 Barcelona

Welcome to Manifesta 15 Barcelona. 

In 2024, Manifesta, the European Nomadic Biennial, will come to Barcelona and its larger Metropolitan area in Catalonia for its 15th edition. Full website coming soon! 

What is Manifesta

Manifesta, the European Nomadic Biennial, changes location every two years. Founded in the early 1990s, Manifesta rethinks the relation between culture and civic society, investigating and instigating positive social change through contemporary culture in response to, and in close dialogue with, the social sphere of the Host City and its communities.

Alternative Models

As a European biennial, we continuously critically reflect on what biennials represent, especially regarding racism, inequality and xenophobia while also considering the impact of the global pandemic, the ecological crisis and the neoliberal crisis.

About Manifesta 15 Barcelona

Manifesta 15 in Barcelona will explore innovative dynamics and pressing public debates: sovereignty as a topic and political process within the challenges of globalisation; the democratisation of public life; the defence of public space in the face of privatisation; the need to combine social progress with environmental challenges; fragility in terms of housing, the movement of people, capital, data and economic as well as ecological crises.

Frequently Asked Questions

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Organisation

Each edition of Manifesta is managed by a mix of permanent international team members and local specialists. Manifesta works from its offices in Amsterdam and the Host City.

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Press

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Partners

Manifesta 15 Barcelona is made possible by the support of our partners.

Support Manifesta

Manifesta is supported by an ever-extending international network of partners including foundations, sponsors and individuals. Manifesta’s supporters share our interest in creating platforms for dialogue between art and society, exploring specific geopolitical and sociological issues and creating long-term change for cities. Manifesta is grateful to all its benefactors for their vital contributions throughout the years.

Manifesta 15 Expectation Workshops

For each edition of Manifesta, we hold expectation workshops with the intention to engage and collaborate with the artistic, cultural and civic communities from each Host City during the pre-biennial process.

About Manifesta 15 Barcelona

Manifesta 15 in Barcelona will explore innovative dynamics and pressing public debates: sovereignty as a topic and political process within the challenges of globalisation; the democratisation of public life; the defence of public space in the face of privatisation; the need to combine social progress with environmental challenges; fragility in terms of housing, the movement of people, capital, data and economic as well as ecological crises.

Manifesta 15 Barcelona will act as a laboratory for a new cultural institutionalism in the metropolitan areas of the city of Barcelona. The aim is to structurally reform the relationship between contemporary arts with different regions and communities, the integration of the arts into educational contexts, the empowerment of critical thinking and imagination and the integration of artists into cultural ecosystems, reaching beyond the world of art. Manifesta 15 in Barcelona will incorporate a participatory model into every decision-making process, so that the transformation and transition processes connect to the needs and interest of communities in the metropolitan areas.

In order to conceptualise and develop a framework for each biennial edition, Manifesta first ascertains the needs and interests of the citizens, the professional cultural sector and civil society of the Host City. Manifesta’s extensive biennial research process identifies local structures, using this to develop the goals and parameters for the biennial programme. The initial departure point for every edition of Manifesta is the Bid, which was written and submitted by the Host City prior to selection in December 2020.  

Background factors

There are numerous factors which have impacted the urban development of the City of Barcelona over the last decades. These include: the fast gentrification of the coastline and natural areas, the use of land for real estate development, the introduction of the Super Block model and the use of land for industrial transformation. City expansion is limited due to the natural barriers of the rivers, the sea and the mountains. However, rural and/or protected land are at risk because of the expansion of economic developments, such as the airport. 

What happens next?

After the Bid by the City of Barcelona was submitted in 2020, Manifesta 15 will develop a series of Expectation Workshops with small groups to identify the objectives, challenges and expectations for the upcoming biennial edition. Further workshops will take place in the summer of 2022, with a variety of civil society, artistic and community leaders from Barcelona and its metropolitan region. During these, the Director will draft a Brief that focuses on the composition of the creative mediation team for Manifesta 15, as well as the process after that.