The streets and alleys of Valletta buzzed with vibrant energy as around 80,000 people immersed themselves in the art and culture of Notte Bianca 2023, marking another successful year for Malta’s highly anticipated annual event. The capital was transformed into a luminous spectacle, hosting over 60 artistic events and featuring more than 250 artists from various disciplines.
Minister for the National Heritage, the Arts and Local Government, Owen Bonnici, expressed his delight at the event’s success. “The transformation of Valletta’s streets into a rich tapestry of artistic and cultural expressions demonstrates the city’s dynamic energy,” Bonnici remarked. He highlighted the diversity of the event, with a rich array of musical, theatrical, dance, and visual art performances catering to a wide array of artistic tastes.
Parliamentary Secretary for Local Government, Alison Zerafa Civelli, praised the organisers for their exceptional work in turning Valletta into an artistic and cultural paradise. The event, Civelli noted, provided a significant platform for local artists to showcase their talents to the public.
Festivals Malta Chairperson, Aaron Zahra, expressed his satisfaction with the organisation’s performance, emphasizing the event’s importance to the Maltese and Gozitan people. Zahra announced that preparations are already underway for the next Notte Bianca, scheduled for Saturday, 5 October 2024.
Festivals Malta CEO, Frans Agius, highlighted that Notte Bianca is the largest festival organized by Festivals Malta. Agius commended the team for their dedication and meticulous work in ensuring the event’s success. He revealed that Notte Bianca has been named part of the European Heritage Days, attesting to its growing prominence on the international stage. Agius expressed gratitude to collaborators, including the Police force, Transport Malta, and the Valletta Local Council, for their support.
Artistic Director of Notte Bianca, Antoine Farrugia, pointed out that this year’s event was special due to a record number of performances and their high quality. The introduction of artistic routes and an interactive map allowed attendees to plan their experience, ensuring they did not miss out on their preferred performances.
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