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Denver goes international with the Biennial of the Americas

The McNichols Building, transformed for the occasion
The McNichols Building, transformed for the occasion
Photo by Vadim Elkind

This week Denver held what many regard as a "coming out party," declaring itself to the world as an international city. The Biennial of the Americas, a monthlong citywide event celebrating the culture, ideas and people of the Western Hemisphere, kicked off with a gala event at the McNichols Building. The historic structure in Civic Center Park has recently undergone its own transformation -- from drab government offices to expansive gallery spaces. Both the building and the city are known and loved by many, but the ambitious, monthlong Biennial seeks to make them known by all.

"We are, in fact, a global city," says Denver City Councilman Doug Linkhart, "It just isn't always recognized. We hope the Biennial will put Denver on the global map -- in fact, we hope to help paint what the map will become."

In addition to raising Denver's international profile, Linkhart also hopes that the event will raise awareness locally about our neighbors to the north and south. "We do more trade with the Western Hemisphere than we do with China," he notes.

In the coming month the city will host art shows, performances, dining events and roundtable discussions with the goal to encourage collaboration, artful thinking and promote positive change in the relationships among the hemisphere's 35 nations.

For photos from the Opening Gala event, check out Denver Nightlife Photography Examiner.

For more information and a full schedule of Biennial of the Americas events, visit www.biennialoftheamericas.org

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