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Venice Boat Show: the 2021 edition

The Arsenale in Venice will host the second edition of the Boat Show, which starts on May 29 with the number of exhibitors having doubled compared to the 2019 edition. For the second time, the art of ship building is back home.  The show will run for 9 days until Sunday, June 6, 2021 from 10:00 am to 8:00 pm

Visitors will not only be able to admire more than 220 boats on show from over 160 exhibitors, but also the spectacular structures of the City’s Arsenale; a symbol of the military power and authority of the Venetian Republic and the heart of its ship-building industry, which has made it one of the greatest maritime powers for centuries.  This evocative historical backdrop in the centre of Venice consists of a water basin of 50,000 m2, over 1000 linear metres of pontoons for about 150 boats in the water, 30,000 m2 of outdoor exhibition spaces, and 5,000 m2 indoor pavilions.

“The Venice Boat Show – said Mayor Luigi Brugnaro – is an appointment that, along with the Biennale of Architecture, which starts on May 22, and the reopening of museums and cultural institutions, accompanies the restart of Venice and Italy on the whole. The event, which we felt strongly about hosting, seals the importance of boating and the sea for this city. It is an appointment that we will continue to promote and enhance in the coming years as well to support the nautical industry and the entire sector supply chain, together with the themes relating to sustainability and design, to experience the sea in its full potential.

Moreover, this year, thanks to the collaboration of the Venice marinas, the people of the sea, from the coasts of Croatia to Trieste, Ancona to Rimini, will have the opportunity of reaching Venice by boat and mooring for free, subject to reservation. Our special thanks go to the Navy for their exceptional cooperation, to the Director of Ulss3, Mr. Contato and to the President of La Biennale di Venezia, Mr. Cicutto for establishing and sharing a high-level security system, to the Veneto Region and to the European industrial groups. who honour the Boat Show with their presence”. 

The display at the Venice Arsenale, a natural “naval” continuation of the nearby Biennale of Architecture, will be enhanced with cultural moments and debates on the future of pleasure boating and the industry surrounding it. The focal point of the show will be sustainability, which will be concentrated in the E-Village with a wide range of hybrid and electric projects that had already characterized the first edition.

The distinctive features of Venice’s quality shipbuilding will be highlighted with a special focus on police vessels, rescue boats such as water-ambulances and fireboats, and services such as waste collection. There will be in-depth analyses in the meeting areas, with live streaming on issues such as tourist ports, design and innovation, leisure boating and yachting, hybrid engines, environmental issues, Venetian shipbuilding as well as safety at sea. “Art, industry and sustainability in the name of safety – explained Fabrizio D’Oria, Organizational Director of the Show. The event will be absolutely compatible with health and safety protocols, shared with the Venice Biennale of Architecture and finalized in agreement with Ulss3. Thanks to an extension of the exhibition days, from May 29 to June 6, and the opening hours to the public from 10:00 am to 8:00 pm, there will be a constant control of the flow of visitors both in numbers and using a one-way system”.

Among the side events is the first Full Electric Regatta called “E REGATTA“, organized by partners coordinated by Assonautica di Venezia with “endurance”, agility and speed events but also sporting events with sailing regattas such as the Italian Match Race Championship and powerboating with the final parade and awards ceremony of the Pavia Venezia raid, and the presence of sailing champions from the Moro di Venezia, which will be at the Arsenale to Luna Rossa present with some of its protagonists, to relive their experiences.

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The Venice Boat Show is promoted by the Municipality of Venice and organized by Vela spa, in collaboration with the Italian Navy (Marina Militare Italiana).

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