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la Biennale di Venezia
7th International Kids Carnival

La Biennale

Introduction by Paolo Baratta, President of the Biennale di Venezia

This year we return to the Giardini, to the Central Pavilion. An advisable move for a Carnival that falls early in the calendar year. We have dedicated it to nursery rhymes, lullabies, tongue-twisters, songs, and expressions that unite us in the memory of our childhoods and seem particularly conducive to the formation of a lively and cheerful community of young people.

There will be important guests such as the Scuola di Musica di Fiesole, in the special section conceived by the Director of the Music Sector Ivan Fedele. The programme also includes the participation of the Orchestra dei Piccoli Pomeriggi Musicali of Milan, which will present a programme featuring new compositions with nursery rhymes and lullabies. For the occasion, 15 new short pieces for individual choirs and orchestra of nursery rhymes and songs of different countries - Greece, Portugal, Brazil, South Korea and Turkey - were commissioned.

For our events, we will enjoy the collaboration, in particular, of the students of the “Benedetto Marcello” Conservatory in Venice with musical performances and workshops, and of the Conservatories of Bologna with the Orchestra dei Giovanissimi, Castelfranco Veneto with the Clarinet class, of Adria with “Funny Duets for Children” and of Trieste with the Jazz group.

Several local Music Schools will also be participating: the Orchestra of Flutes from the Accademia musicale Giuseppe Verdi in Venice, the Orchestra della Fondazione Santa Cecilia from Portogruaro (Venice), the Associazione Musicale Ermanno Wolf Ferrari in Venice.

As always our Carnival, which lasts nine days, will be the result of the contribution, on the one hand, of initiatives and events organized directly by the Biennale with the help and assistance of the educational staff, and on the other of the school groups who come by invitation to participate as actors and not as spectators. We will also enjoy the contribution of the projects presented by the Countries, which this year include Bolivia, Germany, Poland, Romania, the United States and a welcome return, Austria.

Furthermore, starting this year the Biennale will invite the participation of subjects, including some from the private sphere, who have dedicated specific research to the education of young people through activities and experiences, in high-quality modes and forms. This year we have invited the H-Farm group. There will also be, as always, awards to the schools that participated in the national Silver Lion for Creativity Competition. This year an additional prize will be awarded to the schools that have been participating longest: a “loyalty prize”, which is actually intended as an acknowledgment to the teachers who have promoted the participation of their classes and institutions, and who in a certain way have become our partners in keeping this event alive and making it grow.

Paolo Baratta, President of La Biennale di Venezia