Valletta 2018 is currently inviting artists, NGOs, cultural associations, performers, musicians, choirs, storytellers and citizens from different backgrounds to register for a free information session on how to take part in Orfeo and Majnun, one of the largest participatory projects for the European Capital of Culture year.

This interdisciplinary, participatory music-theatre project which includes workshops, a parade and an opera in 2018, combines the myth of Orfeo and Eurydice with the Middle Eastern legend of Leyla and Majnun. The production deals with the themes of love, loss and longing and makes use of multiple textures, including shadow puppet theatre, to express a new take on these well-known tales. Interested participants can attend one of the six free info sessions which will be taking place around Malta and Gozo.

The one-hour info sessions will be taking place on the following dates:

28th June at 6 pm at Juventus Domus in Zejtun

29th June at 10 am at Hamrun Scouts Group, Hamrun

30th June at 10 am at Razzett tal-Markiz Mallia Tabone, Mosta

30th June at 6 pm at Birkirkara Local Council Hall, Birkirkara

1st July at 10 am at Palazzo de La Salle, Valletta

1st July at 6 pm at the Gozo Visual and Performing Arts School in Xewkija, Gozo.

Those interested in participating are to send an e-mail to orefeoandmajnun@valletta2018.org by Thursday 22nd June, stating which info sessions they would like to attend. Following info sessions, workshops will be held in which participants will have the opportunity to collaborate and co-create with local and international artists. Participants will choose which artistic field they would like to work in, developing their own interpretations of the themes of love and longing. More information here.