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Contemporary art in Thessaloniki: 6th Biennale

Thessaloniki ● 04 October 2017

If you plan your trip to Thessaloniki and you want to book your hotel in Thessaloniki until January, then you are lucky because from 30/09/2017 to 14/01/2018, takes place in Thessaloniki the 6th Thessaloniki Biennale of Contemporary Art, a perfect possibility to explore the contemporary art scene of the second city of Greece. Thessaloniki is a multicultural city, where West meets East and different civilisations create an aggregation of various cultural levels and perspectives. 


The Biennale of Thessaloniki is organised by the Greek State Museum of Contemporary Art and aims to bring together Thessaloniki's various artistic sectors as well as promote internationally Greece's artistic scene.

The 6th Thessaloniki Biennale of Contemporary Art aims to address questions about the concept of home in "Imagined Homes", the general title of the main exhibition of the event, which takes place in four different venues 10 years since its inaugural edition in 2007. Home, as an imagined construct, constitutes the thematic core of this art exhibition. The terms refers to notions not only of residence, but also of community and homeland, a place where one can feel safe and accepted, has roots and develops social and family relationships. The 6th Thessaloniki Biennale focuses on the fluidity of the notion of “home”.

6th Biennale in Thessaloniki

This year's event brings together works by 84 artists from the Greek and international scene. Paintings, photographs, sculptures, digital work and performances focus on the notion of travel, reference the past, stress the importance of new beginnings and address imaginary communities. All together, they are a comprehensive narrative that provides a flashlight to examine the issues from a different perspective.

The venues of the Biennale include a wide range of places all around the city. The main exhibition space is the Sate Museum of Contemporary Art, but what makes this art exhibition unique is that it is being developed throughout Thessaloniki Town in different places with various characteristics. A prominent role play the museums of the city, such as the Museum of Photography, the Museum of Byzantine Culture, the Macedonian Museum of Contemporary Art and the Municipal Gallery, but also other buildings and sites take part in this festival or art and culture, such as Goethe-Institut Thessaloniki, Mount Athos Centre, Villa Petridi, Thessaloniki City Hall, Yedi Kule, Alatza Imaret, Thessaloniki Concert Hall, Contemporary Art Centre and Ypsilon Art Café.

Where to Stay

Hotel in Thessaloniki, Greece Nouvelle Hotel
Nouvelle Hotel
7km Thessaloniki - Oraiokastro, 57013 Thessaloniki, Greece

Nouvelle Hotel is located in Oraiokastro, just 8 km away from the centre of Thessaloniki. Thessaloniki International Airport is 28.9 km away. The port of Thessaloniki is approximately a 20-minute drive away.

Hostel in Thessaloniki, Greece Arabas Studios
Arabas Studios
28, Sahtouri Str., 54632 Thessaloniki, Greece

Being located in the historic part of Thessaloniki, so called Old or Upper Town (Ano Poli), Arabas hostel is an ideal place for backpackers, groups or individual travelers looking for budget and quality accommodation in a great location. The center of the bustling city of Thessaloniki can be reached within 15 minutes on foot. The train station is at 1.5 km, while the Thessaloniki Airport Makedonia is at 20 km. Many shops, traditional taverns, bars and the historic monuments located in the center of the town can be reached within short walking distance.

Hotel in Thessaloniki, Greece Hotel Olympia
Hotel Olympia
65, Olympou Str., 54631 Thessaloniki, Greece

Hotel Olympia is centrally located hotel in Thessaloniki, right by the Ancient Roman Forum and within a 5-minute walk to Aristotelous square, the main square of bustling town of Thessaloniki. The hotel is located in a very short walking distance to shops, restaurants and all historic monuments and places in the center of Thessaloniki. The distance from Thessaloniki Airport Makedonia is 16 km.