Notte Bianca, Malta’s beloved nightlong arts and culture festival, is all set to take over Valletta on Saturday the 1st of October. Organised by the Notte Bianca team and the Arts Council Malta, this year’s festival will once again see the capital’s streets and cultural venues come alive thanks to a carefully designed programme of events offering a variety of entertainment and experiences.
As 2016 marks the three-year journey towards Valletta2018 – European Capital of Culture, this year’s Notte Bianca has been organised in collaboration with the Valletta 18 Foundation. By taking inspiration from the goals of Valletta2018, the collaboration proved beneficial in transforming Valletta into a cultural city that is vital and relevant in this day and age. It is in this spirit that this year will see Notte Bianca take a big shift into the world of new and digital media in order to become a more immersive experience.
“It has been our mission to make Notte Bianca a truly inclusive cultural experience from every aspect,” explained Sean Buhagiar, the Artistic Director of Notte Bianca Valletta. “That is why this year’s edition of the festival is bigger and more expansive. We have over 1,000 artists, entertainers, organisers and creatives contributing to this unforgettable night. The festival is further expanding outside the walls of Valletta, making use of the harbour and the Three Cities, with events taking place in and around the ferries and public transport areas in order for the Notte Bianca experience to begin as soon as you start your journey into the city. We are even planning live social-media coverage, so those who cannot be physically present in the city can still immerse themselves in all of the festivities. Notte Bianca has always been a festival for the people, and it is our hope that this year we will continue to improve on that tradition.”
Notte Bianca is organised by Arts Council Malta under the Ministry for Justice, Culture and Local Government, with the support of Valletta 2018 Foundation, Valletta Local Council, Floriana Local Council, TVM and MSV Life.
Text and Images courtesy of Arts Council Malta. For full programme and details please visit www.lejlimdawwal.org