NOTTE BIANCA 2015 – 10 YEAR ANNIVERSARY
Notte Bianca will be celebrating its 10th glorious year as Malta’s most popular and well attended cultural event. To celebrate, an unforgettable special edition is in store, compiled and organised by the team. As always, Notte Bianca has something lined up for everyone, from drifting to flamenco to Maltese cuisine with a twist and gravity-defying acrobats. There is undoubtedly only one place to be on the 3rd October, and that’s Valletta for the 10 year anniversary edition of Notte Bianca.
A press conference detailing this year’s Notte Bianca was held at the newly restored late 16th century Magdalene Chapel in Valletta, which once formed part of a monastery well known for its incongruous female community and successful financial acumen. Culture Minister Owen Bonnici, Arts Council Malta chair Albert Marshall, Valletta 2018 Foundation chair Jason Micallef, Valletta Mayor Alexiei Dingli and Notte Bianca artistic director Sean Buhagiar addressed the press and highlighted the importance of Notte Bianca as a cornerstone of Malta’s cultural calendar.
Notte Bianca 2015 will present a balanced mix of old favourites as well as innovative new events on Saturday 3rd October.
Karaoke ta’ Vera, one of this year’s new additions, is a karaoke experience like no other. It will offer participants the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to sing a song of choice accompanied by a real, live band. Mikaela, The Busker and Xarulu will make sure that cheesy, synthesiser playbacks are nowhere to be heard.
Fasten your seat belts! Team Maximum Lock’s engines are all revved up and ready to wow the crowds of Notte Bianca. With their professional drift stunts and impressive four-wheeled showmanship, Malta’s Number 1 Drift Team will put on a show that is sure to get your adrenalin pumping.
Kamrata Pupi is a unique set of short performance sketches featuring handmade puppets by Sean Briffa. In collaboration with Christine Briffa Francalanza, Chris Briffa, Sarah Camilleri and the residents of the Kamrata itself, wild animals, robots and a giant will come to life amidst clothes hung out to dry. Expect things to get loud and colourful in this curious mix of sci-fi and realism.
Żiffażfin will be back this year with an inclusive street dance community project aimed at those with a limited opportunity to perform. Following a number of workshops for beginners, amateurs and enthusiasts, the participants, including entire families, are now ready to give the performance of a lifetime. The project aims to stretch its repertoire all over Valletta – from hip hop to parkour. Get ready for some very interactive street dance performances in flash mob style!
Creating a legacy and building on the success of previous editions during FUQ!, the Valletta Planċieri will once again be out in all their glory, hosting a large variety of gudgeon and brass bands. The audiences roaming the streets of Valletta will get to enjoy concerts and great music live from these traditional high stages.
L-Ikla t-Tajba, a collaboration with Valletta 2018, returns to continue its culinary journey, with head chef David Darmanin. Divided into different teams, participants have put together their own speciality menus using traditional Maltese ingredients. Mouth watering dishes will once again be prepared and served during Notte Bianca.
As in previous editions, Notte Bianca will not only include its own commissions and projects. Atmosfera, the programme of ancillary events inspired by the city’s pulsating heart, will also be contributing to make the night a success. Churches, museums and other spaces will be open to visitors until the early hours and will make this a night truly worthy of its name.
Notte Bianca is organised by Arts Council Malta under the Ministry for Justice, Culture and Local Government, with the support of the Valletta 2018 Foundation, Valletta Local Council, Floriana Local Council, TVM, Shadeena and MSV Life.
Check out the full programme for Notte Bianca 2015 here.