Opening ceremony


Discover some key moments and conclusions from the Biennale of Luanda 2021.

The 2nd edition of the Biennale of Luanda was held in an innovative hybrid format, combining face-to-face and virtual events. Over 4 days, the event gathered high-level participants from governments, international institutions, the private sector, the artistic and scientific communities, and many more. Among the participants were:

7 Heads of States

The Presidents of Angola, Congo, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Sao Tome and Principe and Portugal, the Vice-Presidents of Namibia and Costa Rica took part in the Opening Ceremony along with UNESCO DDG, the Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General to the African Union and AU Commissioner for Commissioner for Agriculture, Rural Development, Blue Economy and Sustainable Environment.

Opening ceremony
180 participants

acting as speakers, moderators, session chairs including senior officials from the African Union, UNESCO, ICESCO, the Regional Economic Commissions (RECs), technical and financial partners as well as representatives of the United Nations system from over 60 countries.

120 Young Leaders

from all African countries and representatives of the Diaspora, of which 9 were present in Luanda.

Intergenerational Dialogue
65 partners

from institutions, civil society, the private sector, academic institutions and international organisations in Africa and its Diaspora, and other regions of the world.

20 personalities and artists

committed to the Culture of Peace, from different continents.

Festival of Cultures
44 countries

were represented in Virtual Pavilions showcasing rich content on cultural diversity and examples of national initiatives, as well as partners and associated personalities.

Exceptional media coverage

The Biennale was talked about worldwide, both in traditional media and social media.


Social media coverage

Key Outputs

As a result of the Biennale of Luanda 2021, some key texts were adopted by the participants, putting into concrete action some of the recommendations and conclusions from the discussions which took place.

Intergenerational Dialogue Picture

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