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The Biennale

Episode 4 of 6

Series following Venice's emergency and public services. The art world descends on Venice for the Biennale, a six-month long festival.

With unprecedented access to Venice's emergency and public services, this series goes behind the 15th-century facades to experience the real, living city. From daily emergencies to street sweeping, bridge maintenance to flood defence systems and a death-defying descent across St Mark's Square, this is Venice as you've never seen it before. This is Venice 24/7.

The art world descends on Venice for the Biennale, a six-month long festival. Anish Kapoor attempts to stage his ethereal Ascension in a challenging Palladian church while another artist battles to transport a four-tonne sculpture along the canal. The Fenice theatre undergoes critical safety checks, following the devastating fire of 1996 and a 100,000-tonne cruise-liner must execute inch-perfect manoeuvres as it travels perilously close to the historic centre.

21 minutes

Last on

Mon 5 Aug 2019 19:30

Credits

Role Contributor
Series Producer Caterina Turroni
Executive Producer Richard Bradley

Broadcasts

  • Wed 28 Mar 2012 20:30
  • Thu 29 Mar 2012 00:30
  • Thu 26 Apr 2012 18:30
  • Tue 31 Jul 2012 20:30
  • Wed 1 Aug 2012 01:55
  • Thu 31 Jan 2013 19:00
  • Mon 15 Oct 2018 19:30
  • Mon 5 Aug 2019 19:30