Kyiv mayor Vitali Klitschko signed the official appeal for the city to host Manifesta, the European Biennial of Contemporary Art. In case the application is upheld, the Ukrainian capital may host the event in 2022.
Manifesta is a European pan-regional contemporary cultural biennale created in 1994, with the first edition hosted in 1996. It is owned and organized by Amsterdam-based International Foundation Manifesta.
'It sees itself as an open-ended, dialogical process, initiating international collaborative projects and of adding a dimension of its own to a wide range of independently organised initiatives. At the same time, Manifesta works to develop new audiences for contemporary art and stimulate new approaches to artistic production and display. Its various programmes are designed to offer artists and curators alike the greatest possible freedom to experiment with innovative working methods and approaches to communicating with different publics (...) With the expansion of the European community from twelve to twenty-five countries, with a possible target of around thirty in the foreseeable future, Manifesta is also increasingly aiming at to create links with Europe’s neighbouring regions in Asia, the East Mediterranean and North Africa, at the same time as continuing to pay special attention to minority groups and cultures within Europe itself', reads the description on Manifesta's website.