Howard Gardens in Mdina will become a camp-site for Utopian Nights: Inside the Border event. For a whole week, organisers are inviting the public to engage with art in unique and creative ways while spending a night, or more, in their tents.

Utopian Nights: Inside the Border, which is part of the Valletta 2018 cultural programme, is an intense event full of discussions, storytelling, photography, poetry, and music. The audience will be able to to watch films screened on an open air 100% solar powered cinema, and to immerse themselves in original moving performances, among other unique activities.

All sessions will consist of an open debate with experts, public feedback, and opportunities to continue discussions during a social mixer event. Artists and art collectives to participate are Checkmate Mido, Kinzénguélé, Alberto Favaro, Jeremy Mangion, Florinda Camilleri and Corps Citoyen.

Chakib Zidi, contemporary dancer and choreographer, preparing for the event

Inside the Border’ is the first of a series of events in the Utopian Nights series; a two-part series of public events which provides a platform for people to discuss important social issues related to exile and conflict, and to collectively re-imagine four contemporary themes: displacement, borders, encampment and the rise of global commons. The catalyst of the series is the notion of Utopia, which is envisaged as a democratic space – a platform for discussion and a participatory project in which everyone can debate, challenge and be challenged equally.

On Monday and Tuesday, the theme will be Malta’s construction boom. From Tuesday to Saturday, Congolese photographer André Désire Loutsono will take portraits of people living in Malta, while another photo studio will invite visitors to visualise and share their dreams in the form of a self-photo portrait. On Wednesday, there will be a storytelling night. On Saturday, a one-of-a-kind spoken word party will invite the public into a multilingual feast. These are just some of the highlights.

This event takes place between the 30th of July and the 5th of August 2018 and is free of charge. More information is on the ‘Utopian Nights’ event page on Facebook.