Press release

Biennale 2022

An inspiring edition full of ideas to reshape the future, a good crop of visitors in a difficult time for cultural events

Dépliages (Unfolding) view of the exhibition © Cité du design

par Raphaël Pigeat

From 6 April to 31 July 2022, the Biennale Internationale Design Saint-Étienne invited the public, the international community of designers and businesses to explore "Bifurcations" through exhibitions, events and all kinds of innovative formats. A theme that tied in with citizens' current concerns and allowed the Biennale to reach a wide audience while providing a sounding box for the ideas and projects of different economic and institutional actors and organisations representing civil society.

Because choosing a direction when faced with a bifurcation often means taking a step sideways, changing course, this Biennale adopted a position, more than ever before, as a forward-looking tool and a laboratory for trying out new scenarios. Against this background, Esadse students and the young generation of designers were the focus of several of the exhibitions.

In spite of a difficult context for France's cultural sites and events, the attendance figures for the 2022 Biennale 2022 reached a satisfactory level, with 127,000 visitors across the five main Biennale venues and an overall attendance of 262,000 visitors, which was achieved thanks to a strong territorial dynamic and a tight mesh of links stretching across the country and extending the Biennale's reach.

par Raphaël Pigeat

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