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

Read more about the Q&A on Manifesta 15 Barcelona.

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.

Join the team

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Press

Please find an overview of our press releases here.

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.

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.

From its headquarters in Amsterdam, the permanent team of Manifesta provides the backbone to the governance and production of the European Nomadic Biennial. For each edition of Manifesta, the permanent team conceptualises a new project with the partners of the Host City. The Manifesta team works for extended periods on location to ensure the synergy between their international experience and local expertise is embedded as a legacy in the Host City. The continuity of Manifesta is based on openness, collaboration and knowledge transfer, propelled by a continuous stream of activity, in which research and curatorial innovation play an essential role.

Director
Hedwig Fijen

Business Department
The Business Department creates the administrative, legal and financial backbone structure in each edition and is liable for managing all financial, HR, legal, administrative, operations and governance aspects of the organisation.

Paul Domela
Head of Business

Fernando Paniagua de Paz
Communities and Start-up Coordinator Manifesta 15 Barcelona

Development
The Research and Development Department researches a diversity of complementary funding models, fundraising for Manifesta 15 Barcelona, creating sustainable relationships with (inter)national public and private funders, including individual giving, sponsorships and other partnerships. 

Marieke van Hal
Head of Research and Development

Education
The Education and Mediation programme is an essential part of Manifesta that derives from encounters with a variety of home-based actors in Manifesta Host Cities, including inhabitants, educators, artists, historians, activists and associations. In each Manifesta edition, the programme takes different shapes while always placing audiences and collaborators at its centre.

Yana Klichuk (maternity leave until the Autumn 2022) 
Head of Education and Learning

Jordi Ferreiro
Education and Mediation Coordinator

Communications, Marketing, Publications and Audience Development
The Communication, Marketing, Publications and Audience Development Department oversees the brand strategy, PR and media partnerships, design and brand identity, digital communications, community management, events, marketing, as well as creating all the publication for Manifesta. The department manages both internal and external communications.  

Emilia van Lynden
Head of Communications, Marketing, Publications and Audience Development

Production
The Production Department accompanies the conceptualisation of the programme and is responsible for the implementation of ideas into concrete structures. This is executed in close collaboration with external contributors such as creative mediators, artists, participants, local stakeholders and team members.

Tatiana Tarragó
Head of Production & Programming

Manifesta 15 Barcelona Board Members
Josep Bohigas
was co-director of the BOPBAA Architecture studio from 1991 to 2015. He is now the general manager of the Urban Development Agency Barcelona Regional, and the general manager of the Urban Ecology Agency of Barcelona.

Marta Clari is the Managing Director of the 6th Deputy Mayor in Culture, Education, Science and Community of the City Hall of Barcelona. She is also the supervisor of all the Consortiums and cultural foundations of Barcelona, including Auditorium and Orchestra, Palau de la Música, MNAC, Museu Marítim, Fundació Picasso, Gran Teatre del Liceu, Fundació Joan Miró amongst others.

Hendrikje Crebolder is an established lawyer, joining the Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam as a lawyer and business developer in 2006. In 2009, she set up the Development department and in 2017 joined the Rijksmuseum’s Board of Directors. As Director of Development & Media, she is responsible for fundraising, stakeholder management, communication, marketing and (online) publications.

Kathleen Ferrier works in international cooperation, as an academic professor and has served as a member of parliament in the Netherlands for over ten years. Ferrier is involved in issues related to human rights and democracy; she is currently the chair of the Dutch UNESCO Commission. 

Hedwig Fijen is the Founding Director of Manifesta, since its origin in Rotterdam in 1993. Before Manifesta, she worked as a curator at the Netherlands Office for Fine Arts. She has lectured and written extensively on Manifesta and alternative biennial models. Fijen oversees all aspects of the Manifesta organisation, including the selection of Host Cities and thematic/conceptual content. Under Fijen’s direction, Manifesta has transformed the biennial from a contemporary art platform into an interdisciplinary platform for social cultural change. 

Jordi Marti teaches Cultural Management at several universities and has held several key positions at the City Hall of Barcelona. He is currently the Deputy Mayor of Culture, Education, Science and Community of the City of Barcelona, as well as Commissioner of City Presidency, Economy and City Budget. 

Eva Soria Puig is currently the Director of Innovation, Research and Visual Arts at the Institut de Cultura de Barcelona. She teaches Intellectual Property as an associate professor at the UOC (Universitat Oberta de Catalunya), and was previously the coordinator for visual arts, architecture and design at Institut Ramon Llull (the Arts Council of Catalonia). 

Joan Subirats is the Minister of Universities of the Government of Spain. With a PhD in Economics from the Universitat de Barcelona, Subirats is a Professor ofPolitical Science and founder and researcher of the Institute of Government and Public Policies of the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona. From 2018 to 2021 he was the Commissioner of Culture and Deputy Mayor of Culture, Education and Science of the City of Barcelona.