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Artistic training and internships for young people



Biennale College is La Biennale di Venezia’s project dedicated to the education of young people in the artistic fields and in the activities of the organizational structure of the Biennale.


Encouraging young talents, offering them the opportunity to work side by side with the masters to develop “creations” that will be part of our Artistic Programs: this is the spirit of the Biennale College, a well-fitted bridge that allows young people who wish to engage in one of the arts to do so under the finest conditions that an international institution can offer. 
University students can improve their university education through the internship experience of the Biennale College - Internships.



Biennale College Arte is a strategic programme for training and supporting young emerging artists from all around the world.

For the International Call 2021/2022 (deadline for applications: 26 July 2021), Biennale College Arte is looking for artistic projects developed by young emerging artists under the age of 30 that can be produced with a budget of up to € 25,000.00 and should be realized by April 1st 2022 to be presented, out of competition, at the 59th International Art Exhibition of La Biennale di Venezia.

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Call for applications

In 2021 the Biennale College Cinema has launched its 10th edition with the two calls for applications aimed at Italian and International teams composed of a director and a producer.

The Biennale College Cinema – Italia call for applications is reserved for Italian director/producer teams. The call was open from 15th February to 7th April 2021.

The Biennale College Cinema – International call is reserved for International director/producer teams, and was open from 3rd May to 1st July 2021.

Learn more on the Biennale College Cinema website

6th edition (2021-2022) of the Biennale College Cinema – Virtual Reality:

The Italian call for applications for the development and production of Virtual Reality projects was open from 22 March through 31 May 2021.

The International call was announced on 11th September 2021 and will stay open until 4th November 2021.

Learn more on the Biennale College Cinema website

In 2021, his inaugural year as Director of the Biennale Danza, Wayne McGregor will be leading the Biennale College Dance with two international calls to respectively select 20 dancers and 5 dancer-choreographers, professionals aged 30 and under.

The 20 dancers will have the opportunity to immerse themselves in high quality technical, creative and performance work with world-renowned choreographers. The programme for 2021 will include the staging of seminal dance works by Wayne McGregor and Crystal Pite as well as the development of a new commission (TBA), created specifically for the Biennale College group.
Call for applications: Dancers

The 5 dancer-choreographers will have the opportunity to create an original 15-minute work for performance during the Festival with mentoring from McGregor. The dancer-choreographers will also be immersed as a dancer in the creative world and repertoire of McGregor and Pite.
Call for applications: Dancer-choreographers

Deadline for applications: 19 February 2021.

In 2021 the Music Department promoted 3 calls for applications aimed at composers and performers:

• Composers for vocal ensemble: the workshop is dedicated to young composers interested in writing for a cappella vocal ensemble (max. 5 voices). Proposals can include live electronics, amplification or tape production. The selected composers will have the opportunity to write a new vocal work (15 minutes max.)
Call for applications: Composers for vocal ensemble

• Composers working at sound installations: the workshop is dedicated to young composers interested in site-specific sound installations. The selected composers will have the opportunity to create a new site-specific sound installation.
Call for applications: Composers working at sound installations

• Performers and Experimental Performance: the workshop is open to young experimental performers, DJs, turntablists, controllerists and live electronics performers interested in experimenting with pre-recorded voice. The selected performers will have the opportunity to realize an experimental performance.
Call for applications: Performers and Experimental Performance

• A further fourth call for applications is reserved to Italian performers in vocal ensembles.

Deadline for applications: 18 February 2021.

In 2021, during the 49th International Theatre Festival (2 > 11 July), eight workshops will be held by selected Masters. Candidates are required to fill in the online application form and to attach the digital documentation.
Deadline for applications: 12 May 2021.
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A workshop for Authors under 40, selected in previous stages of the College, will be held by Davide Carnevali from 2 to 11 July 2021.
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In 2021 the Theatre Department also promoted 3 calls for applications: two were aimed at Italian Under 35 directors and Italian Under 40 authors. The third call was aimed at international performers (both Italian and from abroad) presenting their own site-specific performance.
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The programme of the Biennale College – Internships for the period June - September 2021 is now online.

An on-field learning experience, organized as a curriculum-required internship for undergraduate or graduate university students who wish to enrich their training in the fields of organization, management, administration, technical support, editorial work, communication, etc., in other words, the work that is done every day within the organizational structure of La Biennale di Venezia.

Just like a “College” experience, the young people selected for the internship are supervised individually in their training, stimulated and encouraged to seek the greatest benefit from the moment they arrive to the last day of their internship, which will also include social events designed to share experiences and create an active community.

The call is reserved for university students enrolled in an undergraduate or graduate programme of a University based in Italy.

Internship Programme for the period June - September 2021

Deadline for applications: 31 May 2021.