Manifesta 15 Barcelona

Manifesta 15 Barcelona | 08.09 - 24.11.24

In 2024, Manifesta, the European Nomadic Biennial, will come to Barcelona and its larger Metropolitan region in Catalonia for its 15th edition. Full website coming soon! 

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What is Manifesta

Manifesta, the European Nomadic Biennial, changes location every two years. Founded in the early 1990s, Manifesta rethinks the relation between culture and civic society, investigating and instigating positive social change through contemporary culture in response to, and in close dialogue with, the social sphere of the Host City and its communities.

About Manifesta 15 Barcelona

Manifesta 15 in Barcelona has been invited to explore pressing public debates, based around the topics of the democratisation of public life; the defence of public space in the face of privatisation; the need to combine social progress with environmental challenges; fragility in terms of housing, the movement of people, capital, data and economic as well as ecological crises.

Frequently Asked Questions

Manifesta 15 Barcelona: F&Q

Our team

Each edition of Manifesta is managed by a mix of permanent international team members and local specialists. Manifesta works from its offices in Amsterdam and the Host City.

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Manifesta 15 Barcelona is made possible by the support of our partners.

Support Manifesta

Manifesta is supported by an ever-extending international network of partners including foundations, sponsors and individuals. Manifesta’s supporters share our interest in creating platforms for dialogue between art and society, exploring specific geopolitical and sociological issues and creating long-term change for cities. Manifesta is grateful to all its benefactors for their vital contributions throughout the years.


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  • Tue 19 Sep

    La Mercè comes to Manifesta 15 Barcelona!

  • Tue 15 Aug

    Pre-biennieal Research Participants: Lara Schnitger and Erika Sprey

  • Sun 6 Aug

    Pre-biennial Research Partcipant: Elmo Vermijs

  • Fri 28 Jul

    Pre-biennial Research Participant: Arquitectes de Capçalera

  • Thu 29 Jun

    Manifesta 15 announces pre-biennial research participants

  • Wed 21 Jun

    Arquitectes de Capçalera Workshop at Gustavo Gili building

1st Creative Mediator: Sergio Pardo

For the past editions, Manifesta has worked with urban and architectural specialists who mapped out the geographical territory of the Host City and presented this in an “Urban Vision”. Barcelona is a city and a region with a long tradition of urban researches and therefore, for the 15th edition of Manifesta, the team successfully worked with New York based Spanish architect and arts administrator Sergio Pardo who analysed the history of the territory and together with local key stakeholders identified social and geographical crossroad or nodes where Manifesta 15 will conduct its research. 

Manifesta 15 Barcelona will have an alternative approach in comparison to its three past editions. Rather than creating a new urban vision for the city of Barcelona, Pardo has delved into the already extensive urban research conducted over the past four decades in Barcelona.

Sergio Pardo, Manifesta 15’s 1st Creative Mediator has been working for the past 6 months together with the Manifesta 15 Team to create the thematic framework which the collectives will use as their departure point.

His research will take into account the municipalities which supported the bid: Badalona, Cornellá de Llobregat, El Prat del Llobregat, l’Hospitalet de Llobregat, Granollers, Mataró, Sabadell, Sant Cugat del Vallès, Santa Coloma de Gramenet and Terrassa.

About Sergio

Sergio Pardo is an arts administrator, curator, and architect based in New York City, with a specialisation in cultural policies, creative place making and public art. He has participated in the curation and management of projects with institutions including The Venice Architecture Biennale, the Canal de Isabel II Foundation, and the Peggy Guggenheim Collection, and advises federal and city governments globally on strategies for using culture as a tool for social engagement, civic pride and economic development. Sergio is currently the Director of the Percent for Art Program at the New York Department of Cultural Affairs and is an Adjunct Professor at New York University’s Steinhardt School of Culture, Education and Human Development.

We are delighted to have Sergio join our team, and look forward to seeing how his research informs the direction of Manifesta 15 Barcelona.

For more information about Pardo, head to his official page here

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