Venice Carnival 2024

27 January 2024 00:00to13 February 2024 23:59

Ad Oriente. The extraordinary journey of Marco Polo

The countdown has already started. With the inspiring title “Ad Oriente. The amazing journey of Marco Polo”, the 2024 Venice Carnival celebrates one of its greatest travellers. On the 700th anniversary of his death on 8 January 1324, Marco Polo returns to the lagoon as the main protagonist of the traditional festivities in Venice. The theme of travel is about discovery and coming face to face with worlds that were only imagined so far, but also an intimate travel in ourselves. This will be the focus of the 2024 edition of the Venice Carnival. A fantastic journey into the imagination that will look “to the East” in the footsteps of the path that, many years ago, the Venetian merchant chose to embark on to discover new wonders. But also an educational voyage across borders and cultures, unthinkable at the time, which changed the destiny of the young ambassador of Venice, and the world as it was known in the 14th Century.

From January 27 to February 13 2024, the city of Venice will become the map of this fantastic journey, which will guide guests through the streets and squares, animated by shows, music and art, for a Carnival that will cover the entire territory, from the islands to the mainland. Together, we will retrace Marco Polo’s extraordinary adventure and explore the creativity of the Venice Carnival, which is full of imaginary worlds, fantasies, and desires that each of us dreams of in our inner journeys.

The spotlight will be on the Carnival Street Show featuring the very best international artists performing music, circus-theatre and the art of clownerie. The traditional appointments with The Most Beautiful Mask and the selection of the Twelve Marys will be staged. At the same time, at Ca’ Vendramin Calergi, the official Carnival Dinner Show will return under the name of “At the Court of the Great Khan”, which is once again created by the fashion designer Antonia Sautter. The 2024 Carnival will also feature masked floats throughout the territory of the city, from the islands of the lagoon to the mainland.

The Arsenale confirms its prominent role as an extraordinary and exciting water show destination. “Terra Incognita” (Unknown Land) is the performance that will magically flood the waters of Darsena Grande on Marco Polo’s trail.

But art and theatre will also return to celebrate the Carnival with a programme in the cultural sites of the city in collaboration with the Biennale and many other venues and activities in Venice.