DENVER (CBS4) – The summer-long Biennial of the Americas celebration kicks off Tuesday, July 14 in downtown Denver.

The epicenter of this year’s celebration will be at the newly constructed Biennial Pavilion at 16th Street and Wewatta Street.

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“When someone says let’s go to the Biennial, this is where you are going to come,” said CEO Erin Trapp.

She tells CBS4 the new pavilion will be open the entire week of July 14, where people can come view art, participate in karaoke, and mingle with citizens from the 20 countries represented in the celebration.

The kickoff street party is Tuesday night on Wewatta Street and features a free performance by the Denver band the Flobots.

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Friday July 17 there will be another free Biennial concert, at Civic Center Park featuring the Colombian band Bomba Estereo.

Trapp says the Biennial is a homegrown event where Denver is displayed on an international stage.

“We have world class amenities and this is our chance to show it to the whole world,” she said.

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The Biennial of the Americas festival begins July 14 with art, music, architecture and symposiums at various venues around downtown Denver.