Islamabad Biennale is a multi-disciplinary platform to extend an aesthetic dialogue across cultures involving all possible strands of visual and performing arts including architecture and cinema.

Islamabad Biennale is a project of Pakistan National Council of the Arts and Hunerkada College of Visual & Performing Art, lead consortium of institutions committed to the promotion and propagation of art and culture.

The contemporary art scene in Pakistan is generally mindful of this rich and highly diversified cultural resource which distinguishes it in South Asia hence leading to an international recognition and acknowledgement over the last three decades. While appreciating this accomplishment, we must build upon the valuable contributions of our artists and launch a local platform that is cognizant of indigenous this cultural resource and blessed with a future vision to become a catalyst in bridging the gap between the potent Pakistani Art and its deserved realization internationally.

Islamabad Biennale aims to bring Pakistan’s vibrant young art scene and its innovative and energetic spirit in close contact with International artistic activity to explore cross fertilization of ideas, concerns and challenges. The platform will invite artists of consequence from diverse cultural backgrounds, creative disciplines and outlooks for a novel and multi-disciplinary aesthetic encounter and exploration of its thematic focus.

The Islamabad Biennale will have far-reaching socio economic and cultural impact and aim to achieve the following:

• Introducing new Art forms and practices through leading National and International Artists
• Establishing and finding ways for community outreach public access to Art
• Developing pedagogical framework of Art Education in Pakistan by involving educational
institutions and policy makers
• Providing a platform for niche intellects, creative pioneers, budding artists and the general
• Fostering relationships through Cultural dialogue and exchange of ideas
• Promoting the cultural significance of Twin cities i.e. Islamabad, Rawalpindi and its surroundings
• Re-innovating and creating Public Art spaces
• Promoting creative entrepreneurship and using art to empower the communities by creating
economic opportunities.
• Addressing gender imbalance by supporting and encouraging female and minority artists
• Strengthening people-to-people ties and enhance the level of creative engagement through
cultural, educational, professional and academic exchanges.
• Fortifying methods of sharing relevant information, professional experiences, exchange of ideas
and technical expertise between of art and culture practitioners and professionals.
• Reinforce and support local cultural institutions to build long-term, self-sustaining relationships
and institutional linkages between Pakistani and International organizations. This will include
capacity building and support for Pakistani organizations in the field of Visual Art, Music, Dance,
Theatre and Cinema.
• To contribute towards the growth of creative economy and development of Government’s
capacity in the realm of arts and culture in Pakistan while building people-to-people ties.
• To develop and improve public engagement through aesthetic forms of association that
enhances social cohesion in a wide range of areas.
• To demonstrate shared values aiming to build respect, trust and effective communication.