Watch: Where arts bring the city to life: Notte Bianca returns this October

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Notte Bianca returns to Valletta on the 5th October from 7.00 pm onwards, bringing forth a new vision with a passion for arts at heart.

Speaking at the launch, Minister for Culture Owen Bonnici made reference to the yearly anticipation Notte Bianca brings.

“With over 50 different acts, Notte Bianca is the largest and the only festival of its kind in Malta, featuring the participation of over 200 local and international artists.  A spectacular night that is only made possible by a dedicated team of over 100 people who work tirelessly to make this festival the success that it is,” stated Minister Owen Bonnici. He also highlighted that this will be the first time that the Courts of Justice will be open for the public in this unique way.

Valletta Mayor Alfred Zammit was also present and stressed the importance of promoting events of this calibre in the capital city.

Festivals Malta Chairman Norman Hamilton said that he hoped that in the future, he would be in a position to announce more new festivals under the cultural auspices of Festivals Malta.”

Valletta Cultural Agency Chairman Jason Micallef spoke about the VCA’s collaboration in the festival, and how important Notte Bianca is for Valletta.

He said that, “For this year’s edition of Notte Bianca, the Valletta Cultural Agency is collaborating with Festivals Malta to produce ‘Orkestra fil-Miftuħ’, a musical journey at Pjazza Teatru Rjal, with the participation of the Malta Youth Orchestra, tenor Cliff Zammit Stevens, mezzo soprano Clare Ghigo and singer Jasmine Abela.”

Director of Festivals Malta Annabelle Stivala explained that, “Notte Bianca is a unique festival that has grown significantly over the years. It was high time to look at developing the brand to present an image that truly reflects the fresh approach of bringing the streets of the capital to life. This year we have also invested in a new visitor strategy to help our patrons plan their visit ahead, ensuring that those attending can make the most out of the biggest arts and culture event on the island in a festive setting.”

This year, Festivals Malta, which falls within the Ministry for Culture, has rebranded the popular festival with a fresh new identity, introducing its new tagline ‘Where arts bring the city to life’.

Festivals Malta launched the 2019 Notte Bianca programme of events, with a variety of performances that appeal to the diverse Notte Bianca crowd. 

Highlights for 2019 include ‘il-lejla, llejla!’ – a live music programme on the main stage at Pjazza San Ġorġ with artists such as Owen Luellen, Sterjotipi, Skald, Vinyl Paradise, JJoy and international DJ Christina Novelli; acoustic classical music performances at MUŻA; a piano concerto from the Vatican’s very own Maestro Libertucci at St John’s Co-Cathedral; dance projects with social themes in the Upper Barrakka Gardens; itTfalja li Stunat’ – a brief musical comedy within the Law Courts of Malta and so much more. 

All of this year’s productions have been exclusively produced and developed for Notte Bianca together with its new artistic director, Antoine Farrugia.

Mr Farrugia explained that, “Notte Bianca is a unique experience that unites the community, artists and the audience. Our vision is to produce a diverse and glamorous spectacle with passion were all arts genre meet together”.

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Visitors heading to Notte Bianca this year will be able to plan their visit ahead due to a new visitor strategy. The programme has been categorised into seven routes, designed to facilitate the Notte Bianca experience. These are categorised as: Red (adult entertainment), Installations, Dance, Theatre, Kids, Classic and Music.

Festivals Malta has also launched an interactive map on its website, which maps out the projects according to the different routes and also indicates where each project is located.

Visit the Festivals Malta website for more information.