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Carnival: a cycle of events, lectures, panel discussions, films, and performances 2023

First date: Saturday, May 20th at Teatro Piccolo Arsenale from 5 pm to 6:30 pm.


‘Force Majeure: a Conversation’. With Issa Diabaté, Mariam Issoufou Kamara, Walter Hood, Christian Benimana, Felecia Davis. Moderated by Lesley Lokko


The 18th International Architecture of La Biennale di Venezia – The Laboratory of the Future – is enriched by Carnival, a six-month-long cycle of events, lectures, panel discussions, films, and performances, that explore the themes of the Biennale Architettura 2023.

On Saturday, May 20th (from 5 to 6,30 pm) five participants in the Force Majeure section of The Laboratory of the Future are joined on the stage of the Teatro Piccolo Arsenale, by Lesley Lokko, the Curator of the 18th International Architecture Exhibition. ‘Force Majeure: a Conversation’ is the title of a wide-ranging meeting, that explores the personal and professional passions and preoccupations that have shaped their practice and response to architecture in general, and their contributions to the Exhibition in particular. 

“Conceived as a space of liberation rather than a spectacle or entertainmentCarnival offers a space for communication in which words, views, perspectives, and opinions are traded, heard, analysed, and remembered – Lesley Lokko said. Politicians, policymakers, poets, filmmakers, documentary makers, writers, activists, community organisers and public intellectuals will share the stage with architects, academics, and students. Curating a public event programme is increasingly a form of architectural practice that attempts to bridge the gulf between architects and the public.”

Carnival is supported by Rolex, Exclusive Partner and Official Timepiece of the Exhibition.

‘Force Majeure: a Conversation’ is open to the public free of charge, with reservation required at Admission to the Biennale Architettura 2023 is not included.
The event will be translated live from English to Italian, and recordings will be available at



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New Architecture Writers: Learning from Venice

Sunday, 27 August 2023 – Teatro Piccolo Arsenale
African Space Magicians

Tuesday, 29 August 2023 – Teatro Piccolo Arsenale
The Future of Research into African Architectural and Urban History

Wednesday, 30 August 2023 – Teatro Piccolo Arsenale
Dual Nationals

Thursday 31 August 2023 – Teatro Piccolo Arsenale
Governing, Designing and Educating Urban Futures

Wednesday, 4 September 2023 – Teatro Piccolo Arsenale
Building African Futures

Tuesday, 26 September 2023
Wednesday, 27 September 2023
Thursday, 28 September 2023
Arsenale and Teatro Piccolo
Carnival Film Screenings

Friday, 29 September 2023
Saturday, 30 September 2023
Arsenale and Teatro Piccolo
Geography and Gender

Tuesday, 3 October 2023
Wednesday, 4 October 2023 – Arsenale and Teatro Piccolo
Women, Life, Freedom!

Wednesday 4 October 2023 – Arsenale and Teatro Piccolo
The Future to Come

Tuesday 21 November 2023 – Arsenale and Teatro Piccolo
Inconvenient Truths

From Wednesday, 22 November 2023 to Sunday, 26 November 2023
Arsenale and Teatro Piccolo
It’s a Wrap!

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