Palermo Italian capital of culture 2018 but heart of the Mediterranean sea as well.
Today more than ever, its position makes it unique and irreplaceable, a real cultural melting pot for the whole of Europe with a look at the world.
To this important national event will be added, from 16th of June to 4th of November 2018, the artistic event MANIFESTA12, one of the main contemporary art Biennials on a world scale.
Manifesta is a nomadic Biennial born in the 90s, in Holland, to facilitate the integration and dialogue between art and society in Europe.
Palermo is the second Italian place, after the 2008 edition in Trentino (Manifesta7), selected for two topics that symbolize the current European situation: migration and climatic conditions.
The Sicilian capital will have the opportunity to show its local soul and its attitude to international dialogue, becoming an ideal laboratory to imagine new ways of experiencing cities between art and culture.
Among the many places that will host the events of Palermo 2018 there are: the Teatro Massimo, Palazzo Sant’Elia, the cultural sites of Zisa, the Loggiato San Bartolomeo, the Complex of Spasimo, Palazzo Branciforti, the Complex of Sant’Anna alla Misericordia , the Museo Civico di Castelbuono and many others.
In the headquarters of the Garibaldi Theater, assigned to Manifesta12, it will be possible to discover the events scheduled for: Waiting for Manifesta12; a series of activities that will serve to better understand the event that will be inaugurated on June 16th.
4 thematic poles were also identified, the City Theater Complex (which includes, among others, the Montevergini, the Garibaldi, the Sala De Seta, the Spasimo), the Exhibition Center (GAM, Palazzo Ziino, ZAC, Ecomuseo del Mare), the Archival-Library Campus (Municipal Library, Historical Archive) and the Ethno-Anthropological Pole (Museo Pitrè, Palazzo Tarallo), with a project based on a strong collaboration between public and private, on strengthening the synergy with the cultural association of the city and on the collaboration between institutions (Municipality, Academy, Conservatory).
Palermo has always been a cultural melting pot, an expression of European cultures in dialogue with the Arab world, “place of cultural interfaces” as stated in the application file.