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History of the International Festival of Contemporary Music

The Venice Biennale's International Festival of Contemporary Music was established in 1930 and was the first festival to run alongside the International Art Exhibition, that had characterized the birth of the Biennale back in 1895.

Over the years, the Festival presented world premieres by Strawinsky, Prokofiev and Nono, and its tradition is renewed today under the directorship of Ivan Fedele.

Through the International Festival of Contemporary Music, the Venice Biennale stresses its central role in the panorama of music today. Since 1930, the Festival has featured new compositions, European and world premieres, great orchestras and prestigious ensembles and soloists, confirming the Festival’s vocation for research and the attention to new trends.

A long-standing tradition and a strong planning attitude are part of the Festival’s history.