Lucca Biennale Cartasia

Every edition, the Biennale chooses a contemporary theme as a common thread of all its activities, events and exhibitions. Paper artists, performers, designers and architects are invited to reflect on the theme with the aim of creating a bridge between art and society.

2024 Theme: “Here and Now: Tomorrow”

Nowadays, nothing seems to last and people often seem to act only in the here and now, without considering the consequences of their actions, as if they faced no tomorrow. Art, on the other hand, has always had its eyes set on tomorrow, and on the human mind’s countless opportunities to travel beyond itself, searching for new worlds to build, imagine and discover.
At the same time, knowing how to live in the present – the here and now – is crucial in our existence. The present is the only time in which we can truly exist, grow, feel, love, and rejoice. Too often, we forget about this simple fact and end up repeating the same actions over and over as if in a trance, that of linear time, the time of our ego, of material living.

The outside world, society, our obligations, as well as social media are constantly calling our attention away from the here and now, distracting us from the present moment, postponing it to a later time, tomorrow, maybe.




Since 2018, Lucca Biennale Cartasia has created a section that is fully devoted to a foreign country with the aim of establishing institutional, cultural and economic relationships with the guest nation. At the same time, collaboration with that country guides the creation of the new artworks and fosters the establishment of cultural exchanges.

Lucca Biennale Cartasia cares deeply about the environment and territory and has always promoted paper and cardboard recycling through the reuse of materials. Meetings and roundtables with industry professionals together with workshops for children are aimed at raising awareness on this topic.
In 2022, sustainability will be the driving force of the event.

Some of our initiatives:


Everyone can help; even small actions count. LUBICA will produce coasters and placemats made of plantable paper and distribute them throughout all the venues interested in joining the BE GREEN, BE PAPER! campaign. Small actions for a big change.

Do you want to suggest and idea or join an initiative? Contact [email protected]