MYKONOS BIENNALE

The art, dance, music and short film festival

2017 - Trans Allegoria

2015 - Antidote

2013 - Crisis & Paganism

September 2017

We are now accepting entires for the Film Festival
without a box - submission

Statement

Allegories are symbolic figures which identify ideas and give to the abstraction a face, an expression, a position, a costume which reveals the meaning. Victory has wings, Death is a skeleton with scythe, when Spring is surrounded by flowers. The Allegory can freeze the temporality of an idea, like the gold fleece, the holy grail, the “immortal" water, or the Spring of Youth.

The Greek mythology humanizes everything, the muse, the grace, the winds. The Gods give form and behavior to all the main powers of the universe. In the Greek national anthem Freedom, exhausted, poor but full of courage lives her life of a constant struggle. An empire holds a specter and democracy wears on her head laurel leaves, war wears black and red symboling ash and blood. But what happens when a symbolism goes beyond the extreme of its meaning.

The title of the Mykonos Biennale 2017 is Trans-Allegoria. It raises (and answers) the question of the capacity of Art to initiates, introduce and captivate. Art which transforms energy into creation and creation into life.
The saga of the Great Ideas, at the transcendental Island that changes everyone into something new, something that discovers only in place.

Lydia Venieri
Athens 2014

Treasure Hunt

Boxes with the label “Antidote” will sent to 40 artists around the world. The artists returned the boxes with a piece of art inspired by the theme - Antidote. The boxes will hidden on the sacred island of Delos. A treasure hunt will be organized, where visitors will scatter around the island to find the “treasures”. Our long term goal is to attain the first floating museum - maybe an old war ship- where the artworks of the Mykonos Biennale will be exhibited, the museum of Archipelago.

See what was found >>

  • Mykonos Biennale -  - Video Graffiti

    Video Graffiti

    Throughout the old town of Mykonos, famous for its white building and thus often called the bride of the Aegean, videos were projected on the walls of houses and gardens transforming this town that never sleeps into a living theatre of video graffiti.

    The Video Graffiti Official Selection

  • Mykonos Biennale -  - Futile

    Futile

    Parastoo Ahovan
  • Mykonos Biennale -  - Graffiti

    Graffiti

    Luis Luna Matiz
  • Mykonos Biennale -  - 2.57k

    2.57k

    Eva Colmers
  • Mykonos Biennale -  - Plow Plant Reap

    Plow Plant Reap

    Marta Renzi
  • Mykonos Biennale -  - Graffiti

    Graffiti

    Luis Luna Matiz
  • Mykonos Biennale -  - Y2o {Distillé}

    Y2o {Distillé}

    Dominique T Skoltz
  • Mykonos Biennale -  - Tuk (Tukuhnikivatz)

    Tuk (Tukuhnikivatz)

    Maida Withers
  • Mykonos Biennale -  - Tv Blues

    Tv Blues

    Rhys Collier
  • Mykonos Biennale -  - Gripes, Grudges, And Grace

    Gripes, Grudges, And Grace

    Peter Kalisch
  • Mykonos Biennale -  - Songs That Never Die

    Songs That Never Die

    Marnie Weber
  • Mykonos Biennale -  - SHESH BESH

    SHESH BESH

    Threeasfour
  • Mykonos Biennale -  -
  • Mykonos Biennale -  - Dance

    Dance

    Panos Charalambous
  • Mykonos Biennale -  - Submerge

    Submerge

    Katerina Georgopoulou
  • Mykonos Biennale -  - Digestive System

    Digestive System

    Cristina de Miguel
  • Mykonos Biennale -  - Color Remedy

    Color Remedy

    Mima Razelou

Dramatic Nights

In the 2015 the short film festival over 80 works from around the world were screened at the beautiful Laka amphitheater. This year we are proud to be guest of the equally beautiful open air Manto Theater

We are now accepting entires for the Film Festival
without a box - submission

The Dramatic Nights Official Selection of 2015 >>

Pigeage

An international dance theatre will do the stomping for the grapes, a real pigeage, as ritual initiation in the Orphic Mysteries. Pigeage is the origin of the dance theater, the comedy, and the tragedy, with Arion as the creator of theatre. A special vitage will be bottled from this dance.