Music Biennale

7th October 2017 - 16th October 2017 | Venice, Italy


About Music Biennale, Venice

Two of the most popular venues in the city (Teatro Piccolo Arsenale and Teatro alle Tese) hold a number of shows, celebrating over 60 years of the International Festival of Contemporary Music.  Expect to hear the finest in classical, chamber music and small jazz ensembles, incorporating the contemporary and traditional whilst embracing a more experimental aspect to keep the festival modern and exciting.  The Music Biennale has provided 45 world premiere performances, including 27 home grown Italian pieces, as well as 24 specifically commissioned for the festival itself.  In 2016 Italian composer Salvatore Sciarrino was awarded the prestigious Golden Lion award. 

Helpful information about Music Biennale, Venice

The nearest airport to Venice is the Marco Polo airport, which is only a short boat or bus ride into the city.  Both the venues are also easy to get to by train.  Box office is open Monday to Friday 10am to 5.30pm and tickets are available through the official website, with prices varying on each production. Students and those under 26 are entitled to discounts. Guided tours of the two venues are available for 7 euros. Performances tend to be staggered across three time slots: 4.30pm, 8.00pm and 11pm, however workshops and special events may vary.

Making the most of Music Biennale, Venice

Book tickets in advance to avoid disappointment if you are interested in a specific show.  Group discounts may also be available for larger parties.  The official website has a comprehensive archive of past performances, which will be updated to include the current artists of the year’s festivities.  If you arrive early enough, then take advantage of a last minute guided tour.  For the younger attendees investigate the Biennale College, for they often hold workshops during the festival where musicians and composers are invited to learn, take part and potentially perform on the main stage.

Where to stay in Venice for Music Biennale

Choose from a vast selection of houses and apartments, villas and other private rentals close to the two venues Teatro Piccolo Arsenale or Teatro alle Tese. If you are staying elsewhere in the city you can either catch the train or walk to either of the theatres.

Things to do near Music Biennale, Venice

When in Venice you should take a gondola trip around the city canals. Join a walking tour of the city and discover more about its history, ornamental bridges and other landmarks. Visit Saint Mark’s Basilica and St Mark’s Square, or take in the views from the Campanille building.

More information about Music Biennale

Find out more about the festival, including: the history of the Music Biennale and its venues, a list of what’s on, purchasing tickets, up to date news, watch videos of past festivals and find information on other Biennale’s through the year at the official website.

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