Glass, like life, is fragile but beautiful. That’s why we are excited about Venice Glass Week (9-16 September), the international festival dedicated to the art of glass. This year, its second edition will feature more than 150 participants, with a total of over 180 events across Venice, Mestre and Murano.
The event is promoted by the Town Council of Venice and conceived by three of Venice’s principal cultural institutions with considerable experience and expertise in the field of glass – Fondazione Musei Civici di Venezia, Fondazione Giorgio Cini and Istituto Veneto di Scienze, Lettere ed Arti – along with the most important trade association, the Consorzio Promovetro Murano, which also manages the Vetro Artistico® Murano trademark of the Veneto Region. This year’s edition has again attracted a large number of participants, with a 20% increase over the first year’s festival.
The rich and expansive programme for festival will involve varied and widespread events across the district, which also extends to the mainland, with Mestre now one of its main centres, along with Venice and Murano. The events, most with free entrance, include: exhibitions, guided tours, conferences, seminars, prize-giving ceremonies, film screenings, educational activities, parties, drinks receptions, open studios and a non-competitive night-time race around the candle-lit streets, canals and glass-furnaces of Murano.