Not to be That BitchTM, but I love a good night at the theatre or a trip to the local art gallery. And lucky for me (and any other culture vultures out there), there are quite a few interesting events coming up in the coming weeks.
Theatres in Malta usually begin their ‘season’ near the beginning of October, so August and September tend to be a bit quieter. But you’re sure to find a few gems if you know where to look.
Luckily, we’ve gone ahead and done that for you. Here are eight super cool art and culture events hitting the island before the season starts up again in October.
1. The annual Joseph Calleja concert
The Maltese Tenor will be hitting the Floriana Granaries stage again for his annual concert, joined once again by the incomparable Andrea Bocelli and accompanied by the Malta Philharmonic Orchestra.
The concert is taking place this Saturday 24th October, and you can purchase your tickets here.
🗞️“Only one lyric tenor on the scene today has the honeyed tone and ingratiating style to make comparisons to Pavarotti and Gigli seem serious, and it is Calleja” – The New Yorker4 Days to go! Joseph Calleja 2019 with special guest Andrea Bocelli🎟️🎫Last few seats available from www.showshappening.com
Posted by NnG Promotions on Tuesday, August 20, 2019
2. Malta Mediterranean Literature Festival 2019
More than just a ‘book’ festival, the MMLF includes a whole week of activities. The Festival kicked off on Sunday 18 August and is leading up to a three-nigh culmination from the 22nd till the 24th August, at Fort St Elmo, Valletta.
This is the 14th edition of the MMLF organised by Iniziamed. From discussions to open mics and readings, they’ve got it all. For the full programme and information on tickets, click here.
3. Collective Imagination
This is a free visual arts experience set up at Spazju Kreattiv in Valletta. The exhibition asks the viewer: How can collective imagination be created? How is it formulating our personal and cultural identity? What is the relationship between time and collective imagination?
4. A Step Forward
A production directed and performed by members of the Teatru Manoel Youth Theatre, showing on the 30th and 31st August. A Step Forward is a performance that brings two plays together in one; “A Step to the Left”, performed as part of TMYT’s last June showcase “Breaking the Rules”, and “Forward to the Right”, written by Canadian writer L.A. Green.
5. Orpheum Cabaret
As part of the Pride Week celebrations in Malta, some of the finest entertainers are coming together to perform in a special Cabaret Show at the legendary Orpheum Theatre in Gżira on the 12th of September.
6. Versatile and Friends for ALS 2019
A massive concert in aid of Dar Bjorn is held by Versatile Brass and friends every year. This year it’s taking place on the 4th of September at Pjazza San Ġorġ in Valletta.
7. The ŻiguŻajg annual season
The popular theatre and arts festival for children and young people has recently launched its new ‘year-long’ programme of performances and events for children, running between September 2019 and July 2020.
Check out the full programme here.
8. Rockestra 2019
Another annual music event, this time in the form of a rock concert performed by the Malta Philharmonic Orchestra under the direction of Maestro Sigmund Mifsud. On the 28th of September, the MPO will bring rock classics to life with their own twist, supported by some special guest performers on the mainstage at the MFCC in Ta’ Qali.
BONUS: Support an art project that’s been six years in the making
FRAGMENTA is an initiative to present contemporary art in the form of pop-up exhibitions in the public spaces on the Maltese Islands. Fragmenta has been organising pop-up events in Malta’s public space since 2013. Over the past six years, they’ve organised 25 art events with 35 international artists, many of them performative, interactive and experimental.
Now, Fragmenta is raising money for the printing and publication of a book to document its various iterations. The crowdfunding campaign is online and running until September 1st, and you can support them by donating here.