Whether you celebrate Easter or not, the long weekend offers plenty of time to enjoy the finally pleasant weather and some cultural highlights.

Underground cisterns

The underground cisterns opposite the Law Courts now host an exhibition by Susan Philipsz, Who By Fire. Philipsz’s commissioned sound installation in the cistern underneath the Law Courts refers to a damaged naval bell at the National War Museum in Fort St. Elmo that has been salvaged. This battered bell remains a reminder of the impact and force of air raids. Philipsz’s work addresses memories and loss of local cultures over time.

This is a part of Dal-Baħar Madwarha (The Island is What the Sea Surrounds) series. More than 22 established and emerging artists, both Maltese and international, are collaborating with the curator of this project, Maren Richter, and showcasing their work, which relates to both the concept of Maltese ‘islandness’, as well as contemporary social realities such as migration, traffic and real estate development. The exhibition remains open till July 1st , 2018.

European Eyes on Japan

‘European Eyes on Japan: Japan Today, Volume 20’, Valletta 2018’s photographic exhibition, opening on the 31st March, focuses on the experience of two European photographers, Maltese Alexandra Pace and Dutch Alice Wielinga. This visual arts project, under the artistic direction of Mikiko Kikuta and curated by Lisa Gwen Baldacchino, has toured more than thirty European Capitals of Culture since 1999. The photographers spend a month living in Japan and documenting their experience there using photography.

The exhibition will be held between the 31st of March and the 29th of April, 2018 at the Spazju Kreattiv Spaces C1-4 in Valletta, after which it will then travel to Leeuwarden and also Japan.

Strange Travels of Señor Tonet fair

The Valletta 2018’s curiosity fair full of fun for the whole family has opened its doors at Esplora Interactive Science Centre, Kalkara. A team of Catalan and Maltese artists has designed an interactive game designed specifically for Malta, which will remain at Esplora after the fair ends.

Between March 28th and April 1st, it will be held at Esplora Interactive Science Centre in Bighi, Kalkara with access from Villa Bighi. Between April 4th and April 8th, the festival will then move to Triton Square in Valletta. It will be open from 10am to 4pm on all days in both sites, with the exception of April 7th, where the fair is open between 12pm and 6pm.

Ħarsa ta’ Kristu

For those interested in a contemporary take on Easter, Joseph Galea and Carlos Farrugia have prepared a play related to holy week in Valletta. This story is an interplay between realism and that which is surreal. It takes us to Seville, Spain, where two Maltese couples meet during an excursion, where they go to attend the famous processions in this Spanish city during Good Friday. Four people, each one wearing his own mask. Each one carrying his own past. Each one with his own secrets. In every character, there are stories hidden even from their closest acquaintance. Hidden from the same person who spends their entire life with them.

Have a nice Easter weekend!