The Kochi-Muziris Biennale 2016 is starting in the city on Monday. An international exhibition for contemporary art, shows will be held in art galleries and halls across Kochi. There are also site-specific installations at various vantage points.
Organised by the Kochi-Biennale Foundation with support from the Government of Kerala, the festival will also host talks, screenings, music and workshops among other programmes.
The first edition of the Biennale was in 2012. Though many eminent artists as well members of the public, have appreciated the initiative for putting Kochi up on the international art scene, there was a controversy about the lack of transparency in handling funds.
This year, the Biennale will feature 97 artists and 112 artworks in 12 venues spread across 108 days. This video, capturing the scenic coastal city and its spirit, has been shared widely by fans of the city and the festival.