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NOTTE BIANCA 2015 – Press Release

NOTTE BIANCA 2015 – Press Release

A Special 10 Year Anniversary Edition

Notte Bianca, Malta’s most popular and well attended cultural event turns 10 this year and to celebrate, the team has an unforgettable special edition in store. From Drifting to Flamenco to Maltese Cuisine with a twist and gravity defying acrobats, as always Notte Bianca has something lined up for everyone. Without a doubt, this October 3rd there’s only one place to be, and that’s Valletta for the 10 year anniversary edition of Notte Bianca.

A press conference detailing this year’s Notte Bianca was held at the newly restored late 16th century Magdalene Chapel in Valletta which once formed part of a monastery well known for its incongruous female community and successful financial acumen. Culture Minister Owen Bonnici, Arts Council Malta chair Albert Marshall, Valletta 2018 Foundation chair Jason Micallef, Valletta mayor Alexiei Dingli and Notte Bianca artistic director Sean Buhagiar addressed the press and highlighted the importance of Notte Bianca as cornerstone of Malta’s cultural calendar.

To be held on Saturday 3rd October, Notte Bianca 2015 will present a balanced a mix of old favourites as well as innovative new events.

Karaoke ta’ Vera, one of this year’s new additions, is a karaoke experience like no other. It will offer participants the once in a lifetime opportunity to sing a song of choice accompanied by a real, live band. Mikaela, The Busker and Xarulu will make sure that cheesy, synthesiser playbacks are nowhere to be heard.

Fasten your seat belts! Team Maximum Lock’s engines are all revved up and ready to wow the crowds of Notte Bianca. With their professional drift stunts and impressive four-wheeled showmanship, Malta’s Number 1 Drift Team will put on a show that is sure to get the adrenalin pumping.

Kamrata Pupi is a unique set of short performance sketches featuring hand made puppets by Sean Briffa. In collaboration with Christine Briffa Francalanza, Chris Briffa, Sarah Camilleri and the residents of the Kamrata itself, wild animals, robots and a giant come to life amidst clothes hung out to dry. Expect things to get loud and colourful in this curious mix of sci-fi and realism.

Audiences will be happy to see the return of some of last year’s favourites:

Żiffażfin is back this year with an inclusive Street Dance community project aimed at those with a limited opportunity to perform. Following a number of workshops for beginners, amateurs and enthusiasts, the participants, including entire families, are now ready to give the performance of a lifetime. Expect everything from Hip-Hop to Parkour all over Valletta. Get ready for some very interactive Street Dance performances in flash-mob style!

Creating a legacy and building on the success of previous editions, during FUQ!, the Valletta Planċieri will once again be out in all their glory hosting a large variety of gudgeon and brass bands. The audiences roaming the streets of Valletta will get to enjoy concerts and great music live from these traditional high stages.

L-Ikla t-Tajba, a collaboration with Valletta 2018, returns to continue its culinary journey, with head chef David Darmanin. Divided into different teams, participants have put together their own specialty menus using traditional Maltese ingredients. Mouthwatering dishes will once again be prepared and served during Notte Bianca.

As in previous editions, Notte Bianca will not only include it’s own commissions and projects. Atmosfera, the programme of ancillary events inspired by the city’s pulsating heart will also be contributing to make the night a success. Churches, museums and other spaces will be open to visitors until the early hours and will make this a night truly worthy of its name.

Notte Bianca is organised by Arts Council Malta under the Ministry for Justice, Culture and Local Government, with the support of  MSV Life, Valletta 2018 Foundation, Valletta Local Council, TVM, Marsovin, Shadeena and Floriana Local Council.

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About Notte Bianca

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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