The Granada Millenium Biennale (Bienal del Milenio Reino de Granada) is a biannual itinerary of contemporary art that uses material and immaterial heritage of the city and its surroundings.
Through the artists using this cultural heritage for their creations, a framework is created for the dissemination of our cultural and natural legacy which promotes its preservation and opens lines of research and topics for reflection concerning contextual artistic creation (in the urban environment, on location, involving an intervention or participation), providing a contemporary perspective on heritage.
Contemporary Art and Heritage, when presented in symbiosis, powerfully activates each other's essence, therefore a communicative nexus arises that produces mutual benefits. This benefit comes out in the way of an effective yet sustainable model for communication of both art and heritage towards society, becoming a powerful instrument for social integration, which brings both realities closer to a non-specialist audience.
Therefore, the Granada Millenium Biennale offers a cultural route to international artists where tangible and intangible heritage emerges. Within this category, we find:
• Tangible Heritage: the most iconic buildings and group of architectures, mainly from the Islamic period of Granada (El Bañuelo, la Alhambra, el Palacio de los Córdova, el Palacio de Dar-al-horra, la Madraza, la Casa de los Tiros, el Palacio de las Niñas Nobles o Carmen de la Victoria); also main buildings of modern architecture, relevant for the cultural impact on the city (Science Museum, Andalusian Memorial Museum, etc.); the urban tissue of Granada, historical neighbourhoods, streets and plazas (Albaycín, Realejo, Carrera del Darro, Plaza Nueva, etc)
• Natural Heritage: Darro and Genil rivers banks and piers, La Sabika and Sacromonte hillsides, forests and gardens around the Alhambra environmental area, meadows of La Vega de Granada, etc, …)
• Immaterial Heritage: local crafts, oral and written traditions, calligraphy, folklore, local gastronomy, etc. Application of immaterial heritage and artisans traditions to contemporary artwork.
In conclusion, non permanent artwork will be promoted that encourages cultural values of conservation and dissemination, promoting sustainable development, social integration, interculturalism and transdiciplinarity.