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Notte Bianca is Malta’s biggest annual arts and culture festival. For one special night every October, Notte Bianca lights up the Valletta cityscape with a spectacular celebration that is open to the public free of charge.

Festivalgoers 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 piazzas 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.

 

 

Sean Buhagiar

Artistic Director

Sean Buhagiar

Sean Buhagiar (1986) is a professional Artistic Director, Creative Producer and Theatre-Maker based in Malta. In 2015, Sean was presented the Outstanding Young Persons Award for cultural achievement by the Junior Chamber International Malta. Sean first read Communication Studies and Theatre Studies at the University of Malta. He holds a Master’s Degree in Performance Creativity from Universities in Rome, Paris and Poland where he researched creativity in performance.

He currently works in theatre, film and large-scale festivals. He has been active in the local theatre scene for the past 10 years. As an actor he has toured and performed in festivals in Ireland, Tunisia and Italy. He directed several works on the island such us Kirana – a children’s opera by Ruben Zahra which has toured internationally, and a number of original Maltese works such as Jiena Nħobb, Inti Tħobb and Sibna ż-Żejt at Teatru Manoel. Sean also produced Malta’s first contemporary performer-based circus show for the Malta International Arts Festival in 2013.

In 2016 he produced and directed B’Tal-Linja Jaqbillek Żgur, a large-scale street theatre production which toured spaces in Malta and Gozo on a Maltese vintage bus. An exhibition of his directorial work as a theatre-maker was organized by the representative office of Malta in Palestine as part of the EU Presidency programme in 2017.
 
Amongst other organisations, Sean has actively worked with the then Malta Council for Culture and the Arts, the Dr. Klown Foundation, the Science in the City Festival, and the Valletta 2018 Foundation. Sean is the current Artistic Director of Notte Bianca Valletta and the Artistic Director of Teatru Malta, the newly founded National Theatre Company.

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Notte Bianca is Malta’s biggest annual arts and culture festival. For one special night every October, Notte Bianca lights up the Valletta cityscape with a spectacular celebration that is open to the public free of charge.

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