Cultural Programme

 

Overview



Wednesday 19 October

18.00–20.00
20.00

Tours at St. John’s Co-Cathedral
*etnika at Spazju Kreattiv
roots/routes at Spazju Kreattiv
Mahan Esfahani at Manoel Theatre 



Friday 21 October

18.30
20.00

Limbo at Spazju Kreattiv
Lampedusa at Spazju Kreattiv
roots/routes at Spazju Kreattiv
Duos at Strada Stretta



Throughout the Summit

19-21 October

Pop-up Creative Hub
Installation: Crossroads by Antoine Farrugia

 

Wednesday 19 October


 

18.00-20.00 

Tours at St. John’s Co-Cathedral


Credit: Chen Weizhong ©viewingmalta.com

 

The Roman Catholic Co-cathedral is situated in Valletta and is dedicated to St. John the Baptist. The church was built between 1572 and 1577 by the Order of St. John as a conventual church for the Knights of St John, having been commissioned by Grand Master Jean de la Cassière. The church is considered one of the finest examples of High Baroque architecture in Europe. Whereas the façade is rather plain but well-proportioned, the interior of the co-cathedral is extremely ornate. Inside, one can admire some of Caravaggio’s finest works, including ‘The Beheading of St. John the Baptist’. Today, the prestigious Co-Cathedral is also a venue for cultural events and is one of the most popular cultural attractions among tourists visiting Malta.

Find more information about the Cathedral here. 


 

 

20:00

*etnika 
Venue: Spazju Kreattiv

Some 15 years ago, the Etnika Project succeeded in achieving the unachievable: to almost single-handedly revive the lost Maltese Roots music genre. Their trademark sound became an irresistible mix of local folk and fresh sounds, and their high energy performances defied people’s perception of their own musical identity.

*etnika promote Maltese geo-cultural diversity, which is why their 6-piece band format consists of an unlikely mix of artists, characters and instruments. The Maltese flute and synth, bijambo and electric guitar, flamenco footwork and katuba interpret haunting Maltese lullabies and oddball cabaret tunes. All these feature in their eclectic and enchanting repertoire that many consider the soundtrack of the island itself. Expect a few detours, expect the unexpected, this port-cabaret band has a big heart.

"The undisputed keepers of the flame..." - Kevin Drake (Malta Now)

"Some of the most interesting and challenging music you are likely to hear on this earth-like world...." - Jim Foley (Rootsworld.com)

Website: www.kreattivita.org  
Image: Grace Cassar 


 

20:00

roots/routes
Venue: Spazju Kreattiv

roots/routes is a journey of poetry and moving image, an exploration of the lives of artists, the struggles in assessing one’s life and regaining control of oneself. Featuring a diverse selection of films from Malta, the Netherlands, France and Ukraine, we are taken on a route along different realities in Europe, both past and present.

roots/routes is brought to you by Spazju Kreattiv in collaboration with Inizjamed, with support from Valletta 2018 Foundation and Leeuwarden-Fryslân 2018.

Website: www.kreattivita.org  Image: La Luz del Mar (2006) 


 

20:00

Mahan Esfahani 
Venue: Manoel Theatre 

World renowned harpsichordist Mahan Esfahani joins the Valletta International Baroque Ensemble to perform works by Scheidt, Bach, Albinoni and Mikel'Anġ Vella.

VIBE (Valletta International Baroque Ensemble) is the resident ensemble of the Valletta International Baroque Festival. It was born out of a cultural need for Malta to have its own ensemble that focuses on the study and performances of baroque music, including the rich repertoire of Maltese baroque works. The ensemble consists of predominantly Maltese musicians, guided by foreign baroque specialists. VIBE seeks to perform music from the Renaissance and Baroque periods in a historically informed way on original instruments.

Website: www.teatrumanoel.com.mt Image: Marco Borggreve

 


Friday 21 October


 

18.30

Limbo 
Venue: Spazju Kreattiv

The matter of migration has undoubtedly and inevitably brought people together, and pushed others apart; Limbo explores this notion from multiple standpoints. It is essentially a verbatim-style piece based on a number of interviews recounting the narratives of people from all over the globe – stories of individuals who have experienced some form of migration throughout their life.

In this promenade-style experience, stories and characters stimulate the creation of music and art as the journey of the process and performance itself unfold. Ultimately, this is an invitation to challenge our idea of ‘home’ and to reconsider and re-evaluate what we truly understand by the term ‘integration’.

LIMBO is a Studio 18 Production in collaboration with Spazju Kreattiv, originally funded by the President's Award for Creativity. The piece premiered at St James Cavalier in June, and enjoyed a second run at the Sliema Arts Festival.

Website: www.studio18malta.com / www.kreattivita.org

 Image: Christine Joan Muscat Azzopardi / Baskal Mallia


 

20.00

Lampedusa
Venue: Spazju Kreattiv

In its overseas premiere, the powerful play Lampedusa contrasts the lives of a fisherman retrieving the bodies of refugees drowned at sea with a Syrian woman facing daily prejudice in the UK. Through two interwoven monologues, Stefano (Mikhail Basmadjian) narrates his terrifying, yet real stories. And in bleakest corners of the UK, Denise (Pia Zammit) collects pay day loans, witnessing crippling hardship and faced with a barrage of complaints about immigration. Anders Lustagarten’s powerful story puts us behind the headlines of two strangers finding hope and connection where they least expect it. Set in Lampedusa and the UK, the storyline echoes the sentiments felt in Malta. 

Website: www.kreattivita.org

Image: Christine Joan Muscat Azzopardi


 

20:00

roots/routes
Venue: Spazju Kreattiv

roots/routes is a journey of poetry and moving image, an exploration of the lives of artists, the struggles in assessing one’s life and regaining control of oneself. Featuring a diverse selection of films from Malta, the Netherlands, France and Ukraine, we are taken on a route along different realities in Europe, both past and present.

roots/routes is brought to you by Spazju Kreattiv in collaboration with Inizjamed, with support from Valletta 2018 Foundation and Leeuwarden-Fryslân 2018.

Website: www.kreattivita.org  Image: La Luz del Mar (2006) 


 

21.00

Duos 
Venue: Strada Stretta 

The event brings together three duos for a night of music in the vibrant Strada Stretta.

Gianni & Papps
Both coming from the world of soft rock and rock music, Gianni & Papps deliver a fine blend between rock classics and contemporary hits, with an acoustic twist. A guitar and vocal duo approach is given to the songs, customizing them to fit in with the ambiance as well as the general vibe.

XARULÙ 
XARULÙ is a local acoustic duo comprised of musicians Josef Camilleri and Luke Agius. Their singles thus far include ‘Grand Paris’, ‘Smells like a Relic’ and the instrumental piece, ‘Dear Dad’. From their inception, Xarulù have made it their mission to challenge what is expected from a typical acoustic duo. The pair prize themselves on taking inspiration from music in all its glorious forms. Their eclecticism immediately takes centre stage in all their original material, which incorporates elements of gypsy jazz, vintage country, funk, reggae, and good old fashioned rock ‘n roll. With each new composition, Xarulù aims to explore different facets of their abilities and interests.

Guitar Duo
Equipped with the same guitar style, Andrew Francica, a member of Maltese band Tribali, and Chris Tanti, a solo and session guitarist, have been fingerstyle jamming together these past 2 years. Their style evolved from tracks by Chet Atkins, Jerry Reed, Merle Travis and Tommy Emmanuel, with a mix of some old jazz and swing by the fine Django Reinhardt among many others.

 

 

 

Throughout the Summit



Installation:
Crossroads by Antoine Farrugia 



Antoine Farrugia’s installation, Crossroads, details every artist’s life – always at the crossroads of culture and ideas. As artists travel, work, unite and change ideas and perceptions of life, so do they thread continents and their respective cultures together. Farrugia symbolically unifies all these elements with the cross-stitching of lace, a famous Maltese craft. Two raw wooden circles hold all that we are made from – nature, minerals and the abstract – whereas the lace intertwines cultures from around the globe. Every single knot in the lace pattern is a reflection of the achievements of artists and creatives, their contribution to society, together with the support of theirartistic and cultural endeavours.


 

Pop-up Creative Hub


‘The major act of leadership right now, call it a radical act, is to create the places and processes so people can actually learn together, using our experience.’

MARGARET WHEATLEY 



Pop in and participate!
Venue: Mediterranean Conference Centre

During the Summit there will be a creative hub at the Mediterranean Conference Centre. The space will be occupied and animated by a small interdisciplinary team of artists, makers, designers, creative technologists and entrepreneurs who are interested in collaborative practice and purposeful impact.  A pop-up initiative, the hub will be an agile-workplace-meets-creative-playground, operating as an interactive laboratory to address and model key issues and challenges of concern.

Hosts
The hub has two hosts – one from Malta and one from Scotland – who will oversee programming and collaboration within the space, and apply their flair for interdisciplinary working and practical skills in community building. In addition, 12 creative makers have been commissioned to occupy and animate the space. This will include six creatives from Malta, and six from the EU and MENA regions, who have been selected on the basis of their commitment to collaboration, interdisciplinarity, and belief in responding creatively to contemporary challenges and opportunities in the wider world. These creatives represent a range of practice communities including artists, designers, technologists, makers, branders, animators, gamers, and architects. Their commission is to occupy the Pop-Up Creative Hub for the duration of the Summit, and to:

- co-create the space and bring creative skills
- to collaborate build creative responses to the Summit
- grow ideas and creative solutions to challenges
- co-create content that can be shared in the Summit
- share skills, learning and inspiration with others
- curate an exhibition/library of creative materials
- invite delegates into dialogue and development.

The pop-up hub is coordinated by Openº and the Valletta Design Cluster, and generously supported by the British Council. 

 

 








The British Council supports dialogue around increasing access to the arts for disabled people as artists and audiences. In addition to presenting world-class disabled artists around the globe, the British Council is encouraging international exchange between artists, between arts organisations, and also between arts funders and policy-makers. We have launched 
www.disabilityartsinternational.org as an information platform, and look forward to welcoming disabled artists and disabled-led arts organisations from around the world.

 


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