Manifesta presents a feasibility study for a potential Amsterdam Biennial

On Monday, September 18, 2017, Manifesta presented the feasibility study for a possible Amsterdam Biennial (working title) at the official residence of the Mayor of Amsterdam. Hosted by the two Deputy Mayors of the City, the Director of Manifesta, Hedwig Fijen, explained to an audience of representatives of cultural institutions, the government, and potential stakeholders why Manifesta was invited to develop this study and what the main findings are.

Manifesta was invited by the City of Amsterdam to explore the possibilities of a new model for a recurring event on the banks of the IJ river and the Noordzeekanaal. This newly invented model will focus on the synergy between architecture, urban development, and visual arts. At the same time, this Amsterdam Biennial should function as a think-tank to develop new, innovative and sustainable ideas for the future of the Amsterdam metropole.

The first edition is scheduled for 2021. Prior to this, a financial study should confirm the biennial’s ambition in May 2018.

Read the Feasibility Study (in Dutch) here.

For more information: Jules Van de Ven at, Project Coordinator.