Vue d'exposition / Ausstellungsansicht / Exhibition view © Baptiste Schmitt

Vue d'exposition / Ausstellungsansicht / Exhibition view © Baptiste Schmitt

Strong attendance at the 2015 Biel/Bienne Festival of Photography

The 19th edition of the Biel/Bienne Festival of Photography concludes on a positive note. Since August 28, more than 6,700 visitors have come to the 22 exhibitions and the accompanying events in the bilingual city of Biel/Bienne. This healthy attendance confirms the Festival’s central role in the area of emerging photography, and is a favourable sign for the anniversary edition of the Festival, which will take place in the spring of 2016.

A meeting place for the public and for professionals

Both professionals and the general public came in large numbers to the different venues spread throughout the city to discover the 22 exhibitions (including 14 world premieres and 6 Swiss premieres) presenting the work of 38 Swiss and international artists, as well as to the events organized around the Festival. More than 6,700 people came to Biel/Bienne during the three weeks of the Festival. This attendance level is about the same as in 2014, indicating a sustained interest not just in the work of the emerging talents in Swiss and international photography, but also in the meetings that were scheduled this year. The Photographers Day gave the public a chance to meet many of the photographers whose work was being exhibited, while the two days of portfolio reviews were an opportunity for many photographers to present their work to professionals from various backgrounds.

The Biel/Bienne Festival of Photography in springtime

To celebrate its twentieth anniversary, the Festival is rejuvenating itself by moving to the spring calendar. The 2016 edition of the Festival will take place from April 29 to May 22 and will feature various synergies. One of these will be a collaboration with the LIVES Swiss National Centre of Competence in Research (NCCR LIVES) centred on vulnerability and resilience in the course of life, which will include an exhibition and a publication. The detailed programme will be announced close to the 2016 Festival. The Festival will continue to be held in the spring in subsequent years.

The 2015 Festival by the numbers

22 exhibitions
15 events
9 exhibition venues
38 photographers from 10 countries
6,700 visitors
(65% German-speaking Swiss, 30% French-speaking Swiss, 5% international)

The Festival is good for the ears!

Though the 2015 Festival is coming to an end, it is still possible to (re)discover the audio guide that was a part of the exhibitions.
Interviews with the photographers are accompanied by texts composed and read by students from the Swiss Literature Institute.