Manifesta is the European Nomadic Biennial, which originated in the early 1990s in response to the political, economic, and social change following the end of the Cold War and the subsequent steps towards European integration.

Manifesta 13 investigates emerging developments in contemporary art, set within a European context presenting new aspects and forms of artistic expression.

Manifesta has developed into a platform for dialogue between art and society by inviting the cultural and artistic community to produce new creative experiences with, and for, the context in which it takes place.

Manifesta rethinks the relations between culture and society investigating and catalysing positive social change in Europe through contemporary culture in a continuous dialogue with the social sphere of a specific place.

Manifesta was founded by the Dutch art historian, Hedwig Fijen. Each new edition is fundraised individually and managed by a mix of a permanent international team and local specialists.

Manifesta 13 Marseille

Manifesta 13 Marseille is divided into three different, yet connected, programmes that have been created over the past two years and are constantly evolving.

At the heart of Manifesta 13 Marseille stands Traits d’union.s, the leading biennial programme conceptualised and brought together by Manifesta’s Artistic Team comprised of four outstanding practitioners in their fields of contemporary art and architecture. Traits d’union.s will officially open its doors on the 7th of June to the greater public yet will also have a public programme in the lead up to the biennial as of October 2019. The pre-biennial urban study Le Grand Puzzle forms a blueprint for the artistic concept of Manifesta 13 Marseille.

Secondly, Le Tiers Programme, an initiative of Manifesta’s Education and Mediation department that has been created together with educators, mediators, artists, researchers, teachers and other inhabitants of Marseille. Discover here the programme.

Lastly, Les Parallèles du Sud, Manifesta’s collateral projects and events highlight the plethora of rich and diverse cultural initiatives in Marseille and its region. Les Parallèles du Sud will run throughout the biennial time period. So, international creative participants will temporarily move to the South of France as to be part of Manifesta 13 Marseille.