Manifesta 15 Barcelona

Manifesta 15 Barcelona | 08.09 - 24.11.24

In 2024, Manifesta, the European Nomadic Biennial, will come to Barcelona and its larger metropolitan region for its 15th edition.

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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 an eco-social transition through contemporary culture in response to, and in close dialogue with, the social sphere of the Host City and its communities.

About Manifesta 15 Barcelona

Manifesta 15 in Barcelona has been invited to explore pressing public debates, based around the topics of 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.

Education and Mediation programme

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Frequently Asked Questions

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Our team

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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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.


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  • Thu 7 Dec

    Pre-biennial Manifesta 15 Participant: Diversorium Open Call For Participation

  • Tue 21 Nov

    Manifesta 15 Barcelona unveils the jury members for the Open Call!

  • Thu 2 Nov

    Manifesta 15 x Asian Film Festival

  • Wed 11 Oct

    Manifesta 15 Launches its Open Call

  • Wed 11 Oct

    Manifesta 15 x 48h Open House BCN

  • Wed 11 Oct

    Manifesta 15 x LOOP Barcelona

La Mercè comes to Manifesta 15 Barcelona!

Tue 19 Sep

Manifesta 15 x La Mercè

Every year, the festival of Mercè, the patron saint of Barcelona, comes alive in squares and streets throughout the city, typically around the 24th of September. This year, ahead of Manifesta 15 Barcelona which is set to take place in 2024, the European Nomadic Biennial will bring a public screening programme titled “Temptation of Modernity” In collaboration with La Mercè.  

The rich culture, history and traditions of Ukraine, a nation sadly enduring the ongoing impact of conflict, will be prominently featured throughout the La Mercè programme. A year ago, an invitation endorsed unanimously by all municipal groups of the Barcelona City Council designated Kyiv, the capital of Ukraine, as the guest city for Barcelona's annual festival in 2023. Linking to this, the Manifesta 15 Barcelona Public Programme titled “Temptation of Modernity” explores modernism within the context of industrialisation and its contemporary failures, particularly in relation to the Russian invasion of Ukraine and its environmental impacts.  

About the progamme

The programme features a blend of recent films produced during the ongoing conflict, earlier works by contemporary artists exploring the idea of 'imaginary never-ending construction,' and historical avant-garde films that viewed industrialisation as a means of asserting human dominance over nature. 

The historical films from the 1920s and 1930s reveal a utopian vision that portrayed industrial modernisation as a path to liberation and simplification of labour, transforming Ukraine from an agrarian society into an industrialised one. Today, these same industrialised regions are most vulnerable due to shelling and terrorist acts associated with the current war, shedding light on the military aspect of modernity. 

Contemporary filmmakers respond to this historical context, offering insights into the past while grappling with the challenges of the present day, fostering discussions about history, ecology and geopolitics.  

As Barcelona's La Mercè festival approaches, "Temptation of Modernity" promises to be a thought-provoking and enlightening experience, celebrating cultural diversity and the power of art to inspire dialogue on pressing global issues. This collaborative effort between Manifesta 15 Barcelona and La Mercè reflects the ability of art to bridge gaps and promote understanding in a world marked by turmoil. 

Download the full programme below:

Temptation of Modernity - Programme

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