We’ve got your weekend plans here, Denver. Not only will you leave inspired, but you’ll also learn a few things along the way at the “Empathy in Action” festival from September 25-28, 2019. Local and international artists will make their way to the Mile High City as they represent countries from Across the Americas for the Biennial of the Americas festival. The long weekend will feature diverse and eclectic group of art exhibitions, installations, performances and cultural experiences intended to provide our community the opportunity to consider the theme of “Empathy in Action” from multiple unique perspectives.

Along with exhibits and performances, plan on attending a clínica while you take in the sights of the festival. Clínicas are unique to the Denver Biennial experience as they offer participants an opportunity to connect with diverse and thoughtful leaders from across the Americas on a variety of topics.

Bookmark this clínica – “Art: An Empathy Movement” for September 25 from 2-4 p.m. at McNichols Building. It will explore how artists are employing the transformative power of art to cultivate empathy and encourage civil discourse. It’s free to attend, so make sure you register here for it beforehand.

It might be a good idea to lineup a babysitter now, because we know you’ll want to attend a fireside chat with Sir Richard Branson himself at the “2019 Americas Symposium: The Business of Empathy” at the Buell Theatre on September 26 at 6 p.m. The chat will be moderated by Jorge Ramos and they’ll address the value of purpose-driven business, and the importance of empathy in fostering effective leadership. Get tickets to the event here.

We can’t leave you with just that. The festival is also planning an epic party and complete takeover of Civic Center Park in Downtown Denver for “Cósmico Americas” on September 28 from 4-10 p.m. The free bash will feature cosmic lights, cultural performances, and the rhythmic sounds of the Amazon jungle. It’s a can’t-miss event.

For all the details on the festival, visit Biennial of the Americas’ website.