NOTTE BIANCA – THE COUNTDOWN BEGINS

With just a few days to go before the yearly Notte Bianca, Valletta is readying itself for an unforgettable evening, where the city will be buzzing with activity like never before.

On the 1st October, Valletta’s streets and venues will come alive with a varied programme of innovative arts and entertainment. This will be especially true for the lower part of Valletta. A record number of activities have been planned for these areas. One such activity is a static exhibition of transport vehicles, which will include old Maltese buses restored to their former glory and classic vehicles, as part of Is-Suq Tal-Belt.

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Image credit: Darrin Zammit Lupi – Notte Bianca 2015  

Imagine being able to control 2000 light bulbs covering a block of buildings in Republic Street. Festuni – light bulb festoons that traditionally decorate rooftops and village squares during festa time – will be given a makeover fit for 2016 in an installation by Andrew Schembri. Festa Festun will consist of spectacular festuni which can be controlled by the spectators themselves.

At the far end of Valletta, at the majestic Fort St. Elmo, designers and creatives will be showcasing their work. Berlin-based activists Urban Action will be holding a four-day workshop that will culminate in a presentation of ideas for a better, more engaging urban environment where society can actively work, live and play.

Flights have been booked for the members of NONOTAK Studio – a collaboration between illustrator Noemi Schipfer and architect musician Takami Nakamoto. The duo work on light and sound installations, creating an ethereal, immersive and dreamlike environment meant to envelope those who visit Piazza D’Armi inside Fort St Elmo.

The community element remains an important part of the event, with the use of spaces such as the Camarata which will host Kamrata Burlesque! – the scathing satire of Ċikku l-Poplu‘s music along with dance interludes.

The Mediterranean Conference Centre will be hosting an all-night tango, Milonga Maltija, as well as a bizarre magic show titled Maġija Infermerija.

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Image credit: Darrin Zammit Lupi – Notte Bianca 2015  

 

Kanvas Karnival at St Elmo Granaries is an interactive project which will give children and families the opportunity to paint on white carnival floats together with carnival artists, while enjoying the carnival atmosphere created by traditional carnival bands and dance troupes.

Notte Bianca will also maintain its more traditional events, including a number of concerts with music ranging from Baroque and Elizabethan to gospel and jazz. One such event is Sur Jazz, which will see a traditional jazz area with a funky new set-up, where the public can enjoy the music of the Valletta Hot Club led by Pusé.

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ŻfinMalta will be clubbing with a DJ interlude during the Kunċertun Rock Concert in Pjazza San Ġorġ, during which dancers from the national dance company will be performing to electronic music. This will happen between performances by top local bands such as The Travellers.

Xi Ksuħat will commemorate Valletta’s 450th anniversary at Pjazza La Vallette, where an artist will be sculpting the capital city’s skyline out of ice. Shakespeare 400 at Teatru Manoel will celebrate the Bard’s anniversary with a retelling of the greatest sonnets and stories Shakespeare ever wrote.

The increasingly popular Notte Bianca Live will be aired live on TVM from Pjazza Teatru Rjal, and will feature some of the best tunes from forty years of L-Għanja tal-Poplu.

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Image credit: Darrin Zammit Lupi – Notte Bianca 2015  

 

Other activities include Żiffażfin, which will showcase a plethora of site-specific street dance, a film event showcasing the winners of the Malta Short Film Festival, a Science in the City area with experiments and installations in The Palace Courtyard, and much more. Details for all events can be found here.