DENVER (CBS4)– The Biennial of the Americas kicks off on Tuesday which brings culture and business together.

The week-long event features exhibits, performances, panel discussions and speakers that focus on life in the Americas with more than 20 countries represented.

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“We are the only idea and arts festival devoted to the examination of the Americas in the entire world,” says Biennial of the Americas spokeswoman Erin Trapp.

Organizers say bringing together leaders from throughout the Western hemisphere creates conversations about ideas, arts and culture.

“People can come to art exhibitions at the Denver Art Museum, the Museum of Nature and Science or their favorite institution,” says Trapp.

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“What I love is the unique blend of social issues and thinkers, artists who are always pushing the envelope when it comes to creating solutions to the problems in the Americas,” said Trapp.

The event was created in part by Gov. John Hickenlooper in 2010, when he was Mayor of Denver. He believes the event helps accelerate and transform how the U.S. does business with other countries.

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Tuesday features the opening night gala, Wednesday is the Museum of Contemporary Art opening, Thursday is the Americas Symposium and Friday night is Biennial Night.