Numberless art, theatre, music and dance events have been cancelled, shut down, or postponed to 2021 due to the coronavirus pandemic, including the Cannes Film Festival

While the Venice International Film Festival, too, is not immune to the global crisis, the Golden Lion is a fearless fighter, and the Venice Biennale, chaired by Roberto Cicutto, confirmed that the 72nd edition of the festival will take place between 2 and 12 September 2020, of course in compliance with social distancing measures.

On the other hand, the Architecture Biennale, titled How will we live together? and curated by Hashim Sarkis, has been postponed to 2021 (22 May to 21 November). As a consequence, the 59th Visual Arts exhibition, curated by Cecilia Alemani, has been rescheduled for 2022 (23 April to 27 November). Nevertheless, this summer the Giardini di Castello and the Arsenal will host a number of events focussed on a dialogue between the arts.

In particular, the Central Pavilion in the gardens will be home to an exhibition, opening on 29 August, exploring important moments in the history of the Biennale, jointly curated by the directors of the different sectors of the Biennale: Cecilia Alemani (Art), Alberto Barbera (Film), Marie Chouinard (Dance), Ivan Fedele (Music), Antonio Latella (Theatre) and Hashim
Sarkis (Architecture).

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In addition, the following festivals have been confirmed for 2020: the 48th International Theatre Festival (14 to 24 September); the 64th International Festival of Contemporary Music (25 September to 4 October); and the 14th Festival of Contemporary Dance (13 to 25 October).