From July 16 – September 2, 2013,

Denver hosted the Biennial of the Americas,

an international festival of ideas, art, and culture.


The Biennial provided a stage for leaders in business, government, nongovernmental organizations, philanthropy, and the arts to convene and examine critical issues. The themes: Unleashing Human Potential: Reinventing Communities, Business, and Education, were explored in 2013.

Evening symposia were open to the public and included inspirational discussions with leaders from diverse sectors and regions across the Americas. Media icons such as Tina Brown, Arianna Huffington, and Patricia Janiot led panels of renowned experts as they explored the themes of reinventing communities, business, and education.


The Biennial also presented an exhibition of public art and architectural installations titled Draft Urbanism. Artists and architects from across the Americas examined our evolving human relationship with cities and urban areas as they transformed four downtown Denver locations using large-scale, interactive works of art.


Denver’s vibrant cultural scene celebrated the Americas through a variety of public programs and events sponsored by local organizations, including the Museum of Contemporary Art Denver, the Mexican Cultural Center, the Denver Film Society, RedLine, Museo de las Americas, VISIT DENVER, and more.

Public Festivals:

Audiences experienced the diversity of the Americas through food, film, music, and more during a series of free public festivals: Canada Night! (Hosted by Suncor Energy), Mexico Night! (Hosted by the Consulate General of Mexico in Denver) and Denver Night! (Hosted by the Biennial of the Americas)