Notte Bianca edition set to return on October 5
This year’s Notte Bianca promises to retain some of the features which make it so well-loved while introducing a fresh vision and exciting new concepts including a fresh exuberant approach which celebrates randomness, possibility and imagination. Attracting over 60,000 people to the capital each year, the largest cultural event in Valletta has re-invented itself into a rich kaleidoscopic fantasy.
More than 1,000 participants will take part in over 100 events during the October 5 cultural activity that will see an array of cultural events being performed including street and performing arts, literature, food, fairs and live music among others.
For the first time this year, Notte Bianca will have an official opening, complete with coloured smoke and In Guardia troops firing cannons from all around Valletta..
Meanwhile, Valletta will be transformed into a city mapped out as a fairytale fantasy. Entrance will be through a designated portal at City Gate. Towards the end of the night, people will leave the city through the Central Bank annex.
Novelty touches are everywhere: from curated music stages, which require bands to play mainly original music and group them according to genre - to the re-invention of a number of locations. This year, too, for the first time, the programme is broadly split into two: the main programme, which includes festival commissions and projects – and Atmosfera, a programme of ancillary events inspired by the energy running through the capital on the night.
Perhaps another first is that this year’s festival also pays tribute to the notion of legacy: an elevated stage will be built in St Lucy Street for Misraħ il-Mużika, with a programme of classical, opera and brass band music playing live throughout the night in various locations.
Parliamentary secretary Jose’ Herrera said that Notte Bianca is an example of culture for everybody, from pop to higher culture, with a special emphasis on literature, dance and music. A feast of colour, tradition and spectacle, this year’s edition of Notte Bianca promises to be much bigger than ever before. With the participation of over 1,000 artists in a 100 different activities, this year’s edition of Notte Bianca aimed to be inclusive said Dr Herrera
A special ferry service from Mgarr, Gozo to Valletta is being organised.
“All this is happening in the city of Valletta which, in 2018 will officially become the European Capital of Culture. Between now and then we have the duty to draft a vision. Notte Bianca is a living example of culture for everybody,” added Dr Herrera.
A Notte Bianca mobile app will also help users find their way around and keep an eye on their favourite events while user can also get creative and paint the city with light. After downloading the app, tap on the glowing light at the bottom of the screen to access the Notte Bianca lightwriting tool. Grab a camera (or look out for an official Notte Bianca photographer), follow a few easy steps and start painting the streets of Valletta with light. Submit your photos on the official Notte Bianca website nottebianca.org.mt or post them and tag the facebook and Twitter accounts.