The Mykonos Biennale is a cult event which brings together artists from all over the world to create something new, to break the borders of their own art, using the telluric energy and hermetic beauty of this cosmopolitan island.
Returning to the essence of the island: Sexy, hippy, historic nudist-naturalists, paganistic and mythic is the Mykonos Biennale Destination.
The international multicultural events will interact with the local memories, traditions and historical spaces creating a unique experimental event.
The art exhibitions, the installations, and performances of the artists, the musicians and dance group will spread through out the monasteries, the museums, the old houses, the ancient island of Delos, the windmills and other monumental buildings, like a treasure map of the old island. The heart of the festival is the Cine Mando which will host the first open air video film festival.
This is not a biennale, it is a symposium where Art and Philosophy meet with the extraordinary energy of Mykonos.
Our ambition is to create a unique event where personalities are invited to communicate the spirit of humanity.
Today’s economic disaster presses the populations into depression, a dead-end of confusion darkness and anonymity.
Before finding any solutions we must find ourselves.
Living poetically, celebrating human existence, communicating with art and philosophy, walking in this territory of culture, history, and genuine vitality we will manifest ideas, strength, enthusiasm and optimism to look together for the DESTINATION.
Like Baudelaire’s Kythera and Cavafy’s Ithaca, Mykonos is a symbolic island: the transcendental land of the alternative thought.
With the Mykonos Biennale we will create a historical event with momentum where the universal spirit of art, liberated, will regenerate in the eternal spring of life.
The venues of the Mykonos Biennale are located in many strategic points to initiate the visitor into the cultural inheritance of the island. The contemporary and international art works will blend with traditional culture in a haunted dialog hosted by the ghost of the past creating together Historical Time.
During the biennale there will be numerous lectures and discussions on the arts, philosophy, music and civilization which be held in the amphitheater. This interaction will lay the ground and build the foundation for the future communication between the participants
The Biennale’s internship program gives the youth from many countries important training and experience and real exposure in event management and art curation. Their time with us and the certificate awarded by the Biennale will help and inspire them in their future in further education and employment.
In the educational season the foundation of the biennale will organize exchange programs between various educational establishments in the Greece and the rest of the world with the aim to build strong bonds and projects between them.
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There are quite a few airlines that fly direct to Mykonos, and you might be able to connect through these cities. Here are the ones that we know about:
Otherwise you need to fly to Athens and then take either Olympic or Aegean Air. The flight takes 35 minutes and a one way ticket is usually $65. Try google flight search
Another option is to take a boat from either Piraeus or Rafina. The journey takes under four hours by normal boat (tickets are around 35 euro) and under 3 hours by catamaran but the catamaran experience is a bit like being in a plane. You have to take care and check the timetables as the times and the number of boats running changes for each day. Although the port of Piraeus is nearer to Athens the boats tend to leave in the morning where as Rafina has a lot more choice and has shorter journeys. In short Piraeus is the ideal port of departure if you are staying some nights over in Athens. If you are taking the boat direct from the plane Rafina is a better choice. So Rafina has more choice and probably your better port of destination - you can get to it by bus or taxi (for about 35 euro). While Piraeus is near to the center of Athens and can be reached by metro and possibly better as your port of return. It also has a light railway to and from the airport.
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Francisco Alvarado Juarez with Maria Varnali at her Hotel Apollon, Mykonos Biennale 2019
Mykonos is a very popular designation so although there are plenty of hotels, pensions, bed & breakfasts and rooms to let, it gets booked up so you should also try airbnb.com and other internet resources. There are many great hotels but apart from HOTEL APOLLON we recommend the two hotels that have supported the festival in the past:
The Andronikos Hotel - http://www.andronikos.gr and the
Aphrodite Mykonos beach Hotel - http://aphrodite-mykonos.com/.
Where ever you book tell them that you are with the Mykonos Biennale as many have promised to give a better prices for participants.
Wishing you the best
The Mykonos Biennale