The Venice Biennale
The main part of the Biennale - the forum that showcases contemporary works from artists all over the world - takes place from June to November every other year in odd-numbered years. The site of the Biennale is the Giardini Pubblici (the Public Gardens), where permanent pavilions for more than 40 countries have been set up for the occasion. Other exhibitions, performances, and installations associated with the Biennale also take place around the city in various art spaces, museums, and galleries.
In addition to the arts expo, the Biennale umbrella includes a dance series, a kids' carnival (February), the Venice International Film Festival (September), a contemporary music festival, and a theatre festival. Since 1980, the Biennale has added the design world of architecture to its repertoire. The Architecture Biennale is held every two years in even-numbered years.