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Manifesta debates on South Europe





Kick-off Manifesta 12 Palermo

The Manifesta 12 kick-off week started with the first research session of OMA in Palermo as to explore the different stratifications of Palermo's most diverse neighbourhoods and get a closer look on the social, historical and economical context of this city. The research was held by local specialists such as a social worker, student, architect and immigrants, which through their specially composed itineraries gave OMA a precise view how to understand the complexity of Palermo in all its aspects. The M12 kick-off meeting set the premises of OMA's urban studies on Palermo and later the concept of Manifesta 12 biennial program. The choice of Rotterdam based OMA as a Creative Mediator researching the urban context in which a Manifesta Biennial is taking place is based on the fact that the creative processes in complex cities like Palermo should always start with investigating the spatial domain in relation to certain political and governance models, forcing us to think harder about how to create a more sustainable legacy for each Manifesta Host City.


Save the date:
Radio Sonono x Art Rotterdam!

As part of the reflections program of Art Rotterdam, Manifesta is organizing a debate on migration in South Europe. Manifesta was invited on the occasion of the upcoming twelfth edition in Palermo, a city where migration is an important theme and that welcomes many immigrants. Radio Sonono, Manifesta's project with young Syrian professionals, will moderate the debate that will take place on February 10, 2017 from 15:30 to 17:00 in the Van Nellefabriek in Rotterdam. You can listen to the the recording of the reflections program on Radio Sonono's mix cloud.
David Smeulders' new challenge at De Appel Arts Centre Amsterdam

After six years of arduous work and great enthusiasm our Belgian colleague David Smeulders, is leaving his role of Audience Development Coordinator in Manifesta to become the Education Curator at De Appel Arts Centre, Amsterdam. We are delighted for David’s new career path and wish him all the best in his new position.