‘Notte Bianca’ ups the ante for 2017 edition

The Malta Independent on Sunday - - LIFESTYLE & CULTURE -

Notte Bianca will re­turn to Val­letta in spec­tac­u­lar fashion on Saturday, 7 Oc­to­ber with a care­fully pre­pared pro­gramme, com­piled by the Notte Bianca team to­gether with the Arts Coun­cil Malta, that in­cludes every as­pect of the cre­ative sphere. Fes­ti­val go­ers can ex­pect to ex­pe­ri­ence the very best in mu­sic, dance, the­atre, vis­ual arts and lit­er­ary events, as well as a con­tin­u­a­tion and ex­pan­sion on last year’s move into the ex­cit­ing emerg­ing world of new and dig­i­tal arts. Notte Bianca will also con­tinue to use Val­letta’s streets and pub­lic spa­ces in in­no­va­tive, cre­ative ways, thanks to a mix of roam­ing and site-spe­cific projects.

Speak­ing at a press con­fer­ence launch­ing Notte Bianca, Jus­tice, Cul­ture and Lo­cal Govern­ment Min­is­ter Owen Bon­nici ex­plained how this an­nual event builds upon one of the govern­ment’s pri­or­i­ties – to make cul­ture ac­ces­si­ble to ev­ery­one, both through artis­tic ex­hi­bi­tion and ad­mis­sion to his­tor­i­cal sites. Above all, said the Min­is­ter, this event con­trib­utes fi­nan­cially, while giv­ing life to our cap­i­tal city which has been un­der­go­ing re­gen­er­a­tion in re­cent years.

Par­lia­men­tary Sec­re­tary for Con­sumer Pro­tec­tion and Val­letta 2018 Deo De­bat­tista said this will be the fi­nal Notte Bianca be­fore Val­letta takes on the role of European Cap­i­tal for Cul­ture, a fact which the or­gan­is­ers have un­doubt­edly kept in mind when plan­ning this pop­u­lar event. For one evening, the pub­lic will have just a taste of what will be tak­ing place all over Malta and Gozo next year. Above all, this year’s Notte Bianca pro­gramme also fo­cuses on in­ter­ac­tive art, which in­cludes the au­di­ence and will be prom­i­nent dur­ing Val­letta 18.

Par­lia­men­tary Sec­re­tary for Lo­cal Govern­ment and Com­mu­ni­ties Sil­vio Par­nis said that Maltese towns – par­tic­u­larly the cap­i­tal city as well as Vit­to­riosa and Md­ina, have dif­fer­ent char­ac­ter­is­tics com­pared with other cities. He also said that when it comes to fi­nan­cial aid for cul­tural ac­tiv­i­ties, the Sec­re­tariat has al­ways given im­por­tance to and helped these three cities. The Par­lia­men­tary Sec­re­tary added that these days lo­cal coun­cils form an in­te­gral part of the pub­lic ad­min­is­tra­tion and man­age pub­lic funds to ful­fil their re­spon­si­bil­i­ties. There­fore, whilst em­bark­ing on an ex­ten­sive re­form of lo­cal coun­cils, the Sec­re­tariat chaired by the Par­lia­men­tary Sec­re­tary him­self will be en­sur­ing that lo­cal coun­cils make good use of pub­lic funds.

Sean Buha­giar, Artis­tic Di­rec­tor of the fes­ti­val since 2013, said: “Notte Bianca con­tin­ues to grow into a big­ger plat­form for qual­ity projects which en­ter­tain our dif­fer­ent au­di­ences while al­ways treat­ing Val­letta as an open city of cul­ture.”

Fes­ti­vals Di­rec­tor Annabelle Sti­vala spoke about the im­por­tance of hav­ing a great va­ri­ety of en­ter­tain­ment on of­fer, say­ing: “All art forms take the spot­light dur­ing this an­nual pop­u­lar ma­jor event. Notte Bianca is a unique pro­gramme that cel­e­brates the per­form­ing arts and the city through free fam­ily ac­tiv­i­ties and orig­i­nal dis­cov­er­ies in all cor­ners of Val­letta.”

With the 2018 Cap­i­tal of Cul­ture just around the cor­ner, the Notte Bianca team – in col­lab­o­ra­tion with the Val­letta 2018 Foun­da­tion – have sought in­spi­ra­tion from the European Cap­i­tal of Cul­ture am­bi­tions to make Malta a global plat­form for artis­tic ex­cel­lence and com­mu­nity projects. Val­letta 2018 chair­man Ja­son Mi­callef said: “Val­letta 2018 has al­ways been deeply sup­port­ive of Notte Bianca and heav­ily in­volved in en­sur­ing that it pushes the bound­aries of cre­ativ­ity and col­lab­o­ra­tion fur­ther.”

Notte Bianca’s pro­gramme for this year varies to cater for all au­di­ences, from elec­tronic mu­sic to jazz, and from in­ter­na­tional mu­sic to Maltese mu­sic.

More in­for­ma­tion on the ac­tiv­i­ties can be found on www.not­te­bianca.org.mt.

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