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The Malta International Arts Festival 2019

Published on June 10, 2019 by Gattaldo

Malta - The Malta International Arts Festival is one of Malta’s most appreciated events with music, theatre, visual arts, dance, opera, installations, films, community projects, interactive and participatory events. Here's what not to miss.

Toujours et Près de Moi?

Clever use of holography in a music-theatre performance by Opera Erratica from the UK set entirely to music with a mixture of Renaissance madrigals and contemporary vocal music. The show puts a modern twist on the Victorian stage effect called Pepper's ghost, an illusion in which a piece of glass is suspended at an angle at the front of the stage to throw an image from below back on to the stage. The holographic figures represent the performers' younger selves in a doomed love-affair.

05 July - 9.00pm at VCT (Ex MITP) Valletta Campus, St Paul's Street Valletta. How to get there from Indulgence Divine. You can also go via the Birgu to Valletta ferry.

Berberio

Zonzo Campagnie introduces music to children in a most creative way to entertain children and adults alike. After experimenting with John Cage and Miles Davis, it's now time to witness the music of the Italian composer Luciano Berio.

In BerBerio you'll witness a sung comic strip, you'll hear what happens when music from different composers disappear in the mixer, and you'll be introduced to Berio's charming folk songs.

12 July - 6.00pm at VCT (Ex MITP) Valletta Campus, St Paul's Street Valletta. How to get there from Indulgence Divine. You can also go via the Birgu to Valletta ferry.

Aquasonic

An eerily stunning underwater concert from a Denmark band using custom-made instruments submerged in water tanks. Through their music they hope to draw people closer to nature by reminding them of their affinity with water. To me their music could very well be the mermaids' enticing call and I'll need to summon all of my self control to not dive into the water tanks myself.

13 July - 9.00pm at the Main Stage, Boat Street (il-Fossa) Valletta. How to get there from Indulgence Divine. You can also go via the Birgu to Valletta ferry.

Message in a Bottle

floating stage

Floating stage

Set on a Turkish gulet (sailing vessel) acting as a floating stage, this double-bill programme with music by Luc Houtkamp is a site specific choreography by Pamela Kerr. The clarinet quartet composition is based on Maltese proverbs.

09, 14 July - 10.00pm Birżebbuġa/Marsascala (location not yet decided).

Ancient Voices

Ħaġar Qim

Ħaġar Qim

Diane Portelli dances to ancient Celtic war horns and other primordial ritual instruments played by Scottish virtuoso John Kenny against the spectacular backdrop of Ħaġar Qim temple complex.

11 July - 9.00pm at the Ħaġar Qim Temple, Qrendi. How to get there from Indulgence Divine.

8 Winds

The floating stage (Turkish gulet) this time nearer to home brings us a double-bill programme with music by electronic music artist Dr Zicotron and a site specific choreography by dancers Florinda Camilleri and Lucía Piquero (see them in another collaboration above).

10 July - 07.30pm - 09.30pm Kalkara/Senglea (location not yet decided).

FLA.CO.MEN

Israel Galván’s wild flamenco reinvention has mesmerised audiences around the world. Complicated feet movements, rapid-fire footwork punctuated by moments of stillness and silence. He questions flamenco and turns it on its head. Not to be missed.

07 July - 9.00pm at the Main Stage, Boat Street (il-Fossa) Valletta. How to get there from Indulgence Divine. You can also go via the Birgu to Valletta ferry.

And there's more...

For the full programme and to book please click here.

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I’m a freelance creative, living in London. Together with my partner Michael, we travel as often as we can. We love houses with character and engaging history. Having done up two old houses on the island of Malta that need constant love and attention, gives us the perfect opportunity to visit often.
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