Notte Bianca draws the crowds to Val­letta

Malta Independent - - NEWS -

Val­letta’s favourite Satur­day hap­pened with a bang this year. 100 events. Over 1,000 cre­ative par­tic­i­pants. More than 70,000 visi­tors ex­pe­ri­enced the largest cul­tural event in Val­letta. This year’s Notte Bianca re­turned big­ger and bet­ter than ever.

Notte Bianca has now be­come a sta­ple on the Mal­tese cul­tural calendar. Ev­ery year lo­cals and tourists of all ages flock to the cap­i­tal to im­merse them­selves in the unique at­mos­phere cre­ated by the cre­ative en­ergy of hun­dreds of artis­tic events, the as­sem­bly of peo­ple from all walks of life, the feel­ing of com­mu­nal­ity through gas­tron­omy, and of course the rich his­tory and her­itage of Val­letta. The fes­ti­val’s holis­tic ap­proach to arts and cul­ture truly places Val­letta, and all of its sin­gu­lar at­tributes, firmly in the spot­light.

“I am proud of the com­bined ef­forts of the Notte Bianca team and this year’s par­tic­i­pants,” says Sean Buha­giar, Artis­tic Di­rec­tor. “From the start, there has been a true com­mit­ment by every­one in­volved to en­sure this year’s Notte Bianca did not rest on its lau­rels but gave some­thing fresh and ex­cit­ing. We in­tro­duced a new va­ri­ety of projects with our dig­i­tal me­dia in­stal­ments. We in­vited more in­ter­na­tion­ally renowned guests such as Paris-based au­dio­vi­sual artists Nono­tak. I wish to thank every­one in­volved for mak­ing this year an­other over­whelm­ing suc­cess. I hope we can con­tinue to foster this for­ward­think­ing spirit as we slowly be­gin prepa­ra­tions for our next edi­tion. We hope to see you all again next year.”

Among the many in­no­va­tive projects this year was Ġe­jja Dgħa­jsa. The project trans­formed Strait Street into a sea of pa­per boats set on metal stalks, which moved and swayed at the slight­est touch.

Festa Fes­tun, an interactive light in­stal­la­tion, played on one of Malta’s quirky feast tra­di­tions. It al­lowed mem­bers of the pub­lic to con­trol an ar­ray of 1,000 in­di­vid­u­ally ad­dress­able light bulbs along Repub­lic Street to cre­ate grandiose vi­su­als full of move­ment and colour.

This year’s Notte Bianca also hosted com­mu­nity projects such as Ser­ata Kam­rata head­lined by Ċikku l-Po­plu, who also left the com­mu­nity space bet­ter than it found it. This was in line with the fes­ti­val’s ethos.

Im­proved lo­gis­tics and so­cial me­dia ex­po­sure also as­sisted in im­prov­ing the fes­ti­val’s ac­ces­si­bil­ity and reach. The spe­cial ferry ser­vices from each of the Three Cities to Val­letta, al­lowed Birgu, Bormla and Sen­glea to be­come more in­te­grated into the fes­tiv­i­ties. While the use of live stream­ing through Face­book, al­lowed those who could not be phys­i­cally present in the city to ex­pe­ri­ence Notte Bianca’s high­lights in real time.

Next year, Malta will cap­tain the Euro­pean Union’s Pres­i­dency, while 2018 will crown Val­letta as Euro­pean Cap­i­tal of Cul­ture. These two hon­ours will give Malta the op­por­tu­nity to show­case its fes­ti­val or­gan­is­ing tal­ents to a more global au­di­ence.

The suc­cess of Notte Bianca 2016 is proof of what Malta and lo­cal creatives have to of­fer the in­ter­na­tional cul­tural scene and why Val­letta is de­serv­ing of these pres­ti­gious hon­ours.

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