Event highlights in May

Travelling to the Maltese Islands in May? Be sure to check out our highlights below. Click here to download your own copy of the Cultural Programme boasting over 400 events throughout the Mediterranean archipelago in 2018.

Solar Cinema | numerous dates until October

Completely powered by solar energy, Solar Cinema is making its way to various public spaces across Malta and Gozo. Offering a curated programme of local and international short films, thought-provoking documentaries, animations and feature films that tackle diverse issues, with a focus on themes of sustainability and the environment.

Visitors are invited to bring a cushion or a chair to the free open-air screenings and post-film discussions. Solar Cinema is also working on stop-motion film workshops for children that bear a green theme thanks to the use of recycled materials. The short films produced in the workshops will be screened on Maltese beaches between May and October for the children’s family and friends to enjoy.

Find out more here.

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Dal-Baħar Madwarha | 25th March – 1st July

Maren Richter has curated an incredible visual arts exhibition; a must-see before the 1st of July. Working with more than 25 established and emerging artists from 15 countries, the showcase will include large installations, performances and public interventions taking place in both traditional and unexpected locales across the island of Malta.

The title Dal-Baħar Madwarha is inspired by a quote from the work of philosopher Gilles Deleuze, ‘The island is what the sea surrounds’. The exhibition re-traces borders, imagining new geographies that view the sea as fluid and transformable rather than another physical barrier between people, places and culture.

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A Tale of Two Cities – Broken Dreams | 20th April – 12th May

Documented between 2009 and 2012, Broken Dreams is a haunting photographic essay on the city of Nicosia and conflict areas in the north of Cyprus, a conflict which until today has not been politically resolved. Broken Dreams focuses on the emotional stalemate through lingering remnants of military activity and abandoned vernacular architecture. Uninhabited or partially demolished, these structures serve as uncomfortable monuments of Cyprus’s recent history. The prints exhibited are all hand printed by the photographer himself on silver gelatin paper.

The free exhibition is part of A Tale of Two Cities – a cross-cultural photography exhibition by artist and photographer David Pisani, whose work explores architectural poetry as a metaphor for the human condition.

Find out more here.

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Annie Mac’s Lost and Found | 3rd – 7th May

Annie Mac’s Lost and Found festival returns to Malta from the 3rd – 7th May with a huge line-up of DJ’s including Diplo, Jamie XX, Hot Since 82, SHY FX and Annie Mac herself in fantastical locations. It’s not every day you can say you’ve been to a rave in an ancient castle, set sail on the Mediterranean Sea for a boat party and partied next to picturesque pool sides until dawn.

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Photographer: www.lukedyson.photography

Valletta Green Festival | 4th – 6th May

Each year, the free Valletta Green Festival transforms one of the largest open urban spaces in Valletta, Pjazza San Ġorġ, with its colourful signature feature – a huge floral carpet composed of some 80,000 potted plants. Families can enjoy numerous activities and localities taking place in the capital city all the while promoting environmental consciousness on the Maltese Islands. The weekend-long festival also offers visitors a rare glimpse into some of Valletta’s little-known historical treasures, including the four-hundred-year-old gardens of the Archbishop’s Palace and the Convent of St Catherine.

Find out more here. 

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Altofest | 4th – 6th & 11th – 13th May

Altofest is a project that explores experimental sociality through contemporary live art. Citizens host international artists in their houses, which then become venues that welcome audiences for diverse performances. Altofest will take place across four different regions in Malta, over four consecutive weekends. “Legendary People” is the theme behind Altofest Malta 2018.

4 – 6 May – Performances in Żejtun

11 – 13 May – Performances in Bormla, Birgu, Valletta, Gżira & Sliema

Find out more here.

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Earth Garden | 31st May – 3rd June

Earth Garden is an art, music and culture festival calling to the free spirit in everyone. Presenting a number of stages, a musical playground, food court, enchanted forest, ethnic market, jamming area and fun park; the festival appeals to friends, families, couples and the individual. The festival showcases both local and international roots, electro-swing and more conventional house and techno artists.

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