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Fragile Categories Project

Initiatives for accessibility and introduction to the contemporary arts for fragile audiences during the Biennale Architettura 2023.

The initiative is free of charge, and is concentrated in the summer months, from May to September.


In recent decades, there has been increasing attention, at the international level, to questions of accessibility to the cultural heritage for people affected by physical or mental disabilities: the central issue in the debate – as stated in the United Nations 2006 Conventions on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities –  is the value of culture understood as a common good, in a perspective of social inclusion in which “all of art is for all” and of cultural participation as a driver for the wellbeing of individuals and society as a whole.

Along with the removal of physical barriers from the spaces of cultural enjoyment, there is a growing awareness of the need to eliminate language and cognitive barriers as well: this translates into a more ample concept of accessibility, which includes the relationship with the immaterial dimension of human beings: access to content, to concepts, to thought, and in general to the possibilities of fostering an aesthetic experience and an appreciation of beauty; all central elements in the relationship of the visitor to the work of art, which even for the more fragile categories lies in the fulfilment not of needs but of desires.

To complement its traditional Educational programmes, La Biennale di Venezia has developed a special project conceived for social groups that are less likely to attend cultural events and exhibitions – mental health, disabilities, homelessness, addiction, migrants as well as minors and in general situations of social hardship – and will entail the active involvement of educational and therapeutic communities. This special inclusivity project will organize activities that are completely free of charge with initiatives to encourage access to art developed and led by personnel trained by La Biennale di Venezia. Thanks to the Accessibility project, therapeutic centres and communities are invited to arrange, reserve and participate free of charge in educational activities aimed at encouraging an appreciation.

Upon request, the project also offers the possibility to organize a preliminary presentation meeting online, dedicated to the users and personnel of the centre itself.

Seeing Near and Far Project

During the Biennale Architettura 2023 The Laboratory of the Future, this project is dedicated to citizens of other nations residing in Italy. Participation in the project is free of charge and aimed at refugees, migrants involved in literacy programmes, and applicants for asylum.

The initiative invites its beneficiaries to create shared stories based on the themes of the Exhibition from an intercultural perspective. Land, borders, migration, cultural identity, globalisation, diasporic bonds will be inspiration and reference points in constructing these experiences. The participants will be accompanied by the educational staff to visit the architecture exhibition, to share personal thoughts, and elaborate original and parallel paths.

Special Programmes
It is possible to reserve:

· Programmes for visually-impaired or blind visitors, focusing on aspects of language and content

· Programmes for the hearing-impaired community with the possibility of conducting educational activities in the Italian Sign Language (LIS).


For information and reservations
Educational and Promotion - La Biennale di Venezia
Tel. +39 041 5218 828 / 734  -  Fax +39 041 5218 732

Practical information

How to get here
Please check out this page: Prepare your visit

Giardini venue:

Viale Trento 1260 https://goo.gl/maps/2jn5eKSPbCvab5Y28
Sant’Elena (Viale IV novembre) https://goo.gl/maps/3KnwiVB2kczdcvzH6

Arsenale venue:

Campo della Tana 2169/F https://goo.gl/maps/xMvFCmm2Xod77Hbk8
Ponte dei Pensieri (Salizada Streta) https://goo.gl/maps/E9dYw3nBPK2eYGeaA


For further information you may also browse the Official Tourist website of the City of Venice:


Accessibility to the venues: GIARDINI and ARSENALE
The accessibility to the venues and the location of the elevators are shown in the Accessibility map


The Exhibition venues offer a courtesy transportation service with electric vehicles for visitors with reduced mobility and, at the Giardini, there are maps on pedestals that detail conditions of accessibility at the entrance to the pavilions. Also available, to be requested to staff at the venue on a first come, first serve basis: strollers, walkers and wheelchairs.

Facilities for families: restrooms with diaper changing stations, a dedicated family area on the premises of the Arsenale venue. Strollers are available upon request to staff on site.

Food services: each venue features a restaurant and various refreshment stands, shown on the map of the spaces. Gluten-free, vegetarian and vegan menus available.

Large bags, suitcases or large-sized baggage are not allowed. Small items may be stored in the coatrooms near the entrances.

Special fees

Visitors with a certified disability are entitled to a discount ticket.

A free complimentary ticket is available for the person accompanying the visitor upon presentation of a document that certifies the disability of the person they are accompanying.

The discount and free ticket may be purchased and collected directly at the exhibition venues, at the dedicated ticket office displaying the relevant pictogram.


We invite you to visit the following pages:
Prepare your visit

Contact us

For further information:
Educational e Promozione - La Biennale di Venezia
Tel. +39 041 5218 828 / 734

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