Great success for Red Regatta in Venice. Next performance on the water on September 15

Great success in Venice for American artist Melissa McGill's performance, Red Regatta. Next event will be held on September 15, 2019.

Great success in Venice for Red Regatta, the performance by artist Melissa McGill, which took place in the Giudecca Canal and St. Mark’s Basin on September 1 from 1 to 5 p.m. The final performance is scheduled for September 15, 2019, in conjunction with the Burano Regatta.

This is a public art project created by American artist Melissa McGill that involves a series of performances on the water: 52 traditional boats armed with “al terzo” sails, sailing through the Venetian canals, create a moving choreography. Each boat is equipped with custom-made, hand-painted sails in 52 different shades of red.

Traditional boats have been used for centuries by Venetians to navigate the canals of Venice and the lagoon: they are specially designed boats with a flat bottom and a removable mast to obviate shallow waters and pass under bridges. Each of these boats traditionally hoists sails painted in earthy colors with distinctive coats of arms or symbols of each family.

“As the sails glide in unison along the lagoon, the various shades of red will visually blend, unite and merge. In contrast to the sky and the sea, the reds refer to the forces of life, passion, and urgency, and to Venice itself with its terracotta bricks and roofs, its flag, and the history of the red pigment trade, as well as to the paintings of Titian, Tintoretto, and other Venetian masters,” the artist commented.

A project that unites Venetians and visitors that aims to celebrate the millennia-old maritime culture and history of Venice and its lagoon while drawing attention to climate change that threatens the future.

Red Regatta is organized with Magazzino Italian Art Foundation, in collaboration withVela al Terzo Venezia Association and the City of Venice.

With the support of Mazzoleni and the participation of more than 250 collaborators in the city, the project is curated by Chiara Spangaro, project manager Marcella Ferrari. Meetings and special projects have been organized with Ocean Space and Peggy Guggenheim Collection. Red Regatta is the first artwork registered as Clean Regatta, a program of Sailors for the Sea that mobilizes boaters to protect the oceans through best practices and activism.

Red Regatta is visible from various vantage points around the city, which can be viewed on an interactive map at The events are free and open to the public.

So the next event is on September 15, 2019, from 1 to 4 p.m. In conjunction with the Burano Regatta, Red Regatta will move among the islands and activate the lagoon and its waters with a performance.

Great success for Red Regatta in Venice. Next performance on the water on September 15
Great success for Red Regatta in Venice. Next performance on the water on September 15

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