Culture vultures in Malta are in for a treat next month.
Malta’s biggest free outdoor festival, Notte Bianca, will take place in the capital city on Saturday 5 October.
We’re promised an amazing night of music, dance, theatre, exhibitions, entertainment and fun.
Malta’s culture minister Owen Bonnici said that this year’s Notte Bianca will be the best yet.
He told 89.7 Bay: ‘With over 50 different acts, Notte Bianca is the largest and the only festival of its kind in Malta, featuring the participation of over 200 Maltese and international artists.
‘A spectacular night that is only made possible by a dedicated team of over 100 people who work tirelessly to make this festival the success that it is.’
Festivals Malta has organised the 2019 Notte Bianca programme of events with a variety of performances and things to see.
Highlights include live music on the main stage in St George’s Square, acoustic classical music performances, a piano concert at St John’s Co-Cathedral and dance shows in the Upper Barrakka Gardens.
An interactive map has also been launched at www.festivals.mt.
Festivals Malta director Annabelle Stivala told 89.7 Bay: ‘Notte Bianca is a unique festival that has grown significantly over the years.
‘It was high time to look at developing the brand to present an image that truly reflects the fresh approach of bringing the streets of the capital city to life.
‘This year we have also invested in a new visitor strategy to help our patrons plan their visit ahead, ensuring that those attending can make the most out of the biggest arts and culture event on the island in a festive setting.’
What is Notte Bianca?
Notte Bianca is Malta’s biggest annual arts and culture festival.
For one special night, Notte Bianca lights up Valletta with a spectacular celebration that is open to the public free of charge.
Festival-goers can expect to experience the very best in music, dance, theatre, visual arts, literary events, as well as an exploration into the emerging world of new and digital arts.
During Notte Bianca, Valletta’s streets and public spaces are used in innovative, creative ways thanks to a mix of roaming and site-specific projects.
State palaces and museums open their doors to delight patrons with visual art exhibitions and theatre performances.
Streets and squares are transformed into venues for open-air theatrics and concerts, while many cafes and restaurants extend their hours.
Every which way you turn, you are bound to stumble upon another festival treat.
All of Valletta, from City Gate to Fort St Elmo, comes alive on Notte Bianca, guaranteeing a memorable night that truly holds something for everyone.
- Notte Bianca returns to Valletta on Saturday 5 October from 7pm onwards