Honolulu Biennial to Launch its First Edition

Words by Carla Ingrasciotta
August 2, 2016

Honolulu Biennial has announced that it will hold its inaugural edition March 8–May 8, 2017.

The Honolulu Biennial Foundation (HBF) supports the local arts infrastructure with a global outreach by presenting a new arts festival, the Honolulu Biennial. The launch of Honolulu Biennial marks Hawaii’s first entry into the international biennial circuit. Honolulu Biennial will focus on art from the Pacific, the Asian continent and the Americas.

Throughout the year, HBF serves the local community by presenting educational outreach programs, with an emphasis on programming for Hawaii’s youth, focused on STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Math), as well as exhibitions and professional development opportunities for the local arts community.

Through the celebration of contemporary art in the regions of focus, Honolulu Biennial engages with the rich cultural diversity of Hawaii, fostering greater intercultural exchange and understanding through art. Honolulu Biennial will present international contemporary artists alongside local artists, emphasizing Hawaii’s notable, but under-recognized artistic contributions on a global platform. In addition, Honolulu Biennial will highlight Honolulu as a fresh destination for international and national arts and cultural visitors, fostering a cultural awakening and repositioning of Honolulu as central to the Pacific-wide growth of arts, technology, and commerce.

The biennial will take place from March 8 to May 8, 2017.

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