MaltaToday | 31 August 2008

What's On | Sunday, 31 August 2008


September 11 - 13
Malta Mediterranean Literature Festival
Five foreign and four Maltese short story writers and poets will be participating in this year's third edition of the Malta Mediterranean Literature Festival at Couvre Porte in Birgu. This is the only international literary festival of its kind in Malta. The readings start at 20:00 and entrance to all events is free. Each evening will feature three different writers. This will also be a festival of languages, but many of the works will be read in Maltese and English. The invited writers are Greek novelist Chris Chryssopoulos, Moroccan poet Hassan el Ouazzani, Slovenian novelist and short story writer Polona Glavan, Palestinian writer and activist Suzan Sahori from Bethlehem, Icelandic poet and composer Adalsteinn Asberg Sigurdson, Italian poet and performer Paola Turroni, poets Claudia Gauci, Simone Inguanez and Caldon Mercieca, and novelist, short story writer and poet Karl Schembri. On September 11, Ħalib ix-Xitan (Hell’s Despite), a short art film in Maltese directed by Jule Belami and produced by Dawwara Pictures will be shown in the same venue. The Maltese funk band Zizza Ensemble will be accompanying the authors in their readings on September 13. Some of the poets, who are performers in their own right, will be presenting their work through theatre and music during the festival. The Festival coincides with a one-week residential literary translation workshop held in Malta in which the writers will translate each other’s works. Alexandra Büchler, professional translator and director of Literature Across Frontiers, will be in charge of the workshop. The Festival is being organized by Inizjamed and Literature Across Frontiers in collaboration with the Birgu Local Council and with support from the Malta Tourism Authority, the National Book Centre of Greece, and the Icelandic Literature Fund.


Until September 21
A conceptual sculpture by Pierre Portelli exhibited at the Main Hall of St James Cavalier, Valletta as the first phase of the Amazing Race project, which deals with environmental issues.

Ends today
Malta In Fantasy
An exhibition of oil and watercolour paintings by Anastasia Ponyatovskaya at Heritage Malta Head Office, Valletta. Open Monday to Friday from 08:00 - 16:00 (Last admission 15:30).

September 1 - 30
Pictures in my mind
Part of the Five Senses project held at the upper galleries of St James Cavalier, Valletta. The project is bringing together 12 young people from Malta and the Maltese-Arab and Maltese-Indian communities together with youths from China, Eritrea, and Sudan currently living in Malta as trained by photographer Patrick Fenech over the past months. The youths will present their photographic work in a collective exhibition based on how they view the Maltese culture. Based on the principal of silhouettes and montage, the exhibition is emphasing the diversity in the human figure with strong features portraying the various races working in a team to show 'pictures in their minds'.

Until September 7
Bichi: Views from the Villa
An exhibition curated by Dott. Claude Busuttil at Contemporary Hall, National Museum of Fine Arts, Valletta. Open Monday to Sunday from 09:00 hrs - 17.00 (Last Admission 16:30).

Until September 8
Gloriana - The Gate of Atlantis
Exhibition of paintings by Raphael Labro at the Cittadella Cultural Art Centre, Victoria, Gozo. Open daily from 10:00 to 16:00.

September 10 - October 26
Evolution of Form
Exhibition of ceramics by Herman Ciappara, held at the Atrium of St James Cavalier, Valletta.

Until September 12
Views of Gozo (1800 - 1940)
A collective exhibition of paintings from the National Collection depecting views of Gozo throughout the ages. Organised by Heritage Malta and the Gozo Cultural Council for the Gozo 1,2,3,4 event at the Banca Guiratale, Victoria Gozo and currently on show at the Heritage Malta, Gozo Area Office, The Citadel, Gozo. Open Monday to Friday from 08:00 - 16:00.

Until September 14
Good Vibrations
An exhibition of watercolour paintings by Paul Caruana at Inquisitor's Palace, Vittoriosa. Open Monday to Sunday from 09:00 - 17:00 (Last Admission 16:30).

September 7
An Evening with Luigi Tessarollo and Marc Galea
Luigi Tessarollo (Italian virtuoso guitarist) together with Marc Galea (session guitarist, tutor) will be performing at the MITP, St Christopher’s Street, Valletta from 20:30. The concert will be divided into two parts. In the first act Luigi and Marc are going to play several jazz , latin and blues numbers mixed with their own compositions arranged for guitar duo, while in the second part they will be joined by Lawrie Simpson on double bass and Joe Bibi on drums. Tickets are at €10. For booking please call St James Cavalier on 21223200 or at the door.

September 12 - 14
Erica Ann Muscat Showcase
Actress and singer Erica Ann Muscat will be presenting a showcase at St James Cavalier. The showcase will be a series of songs and sketches circling around the theme of 'Auditions' and will include sketches by Harold Pinter (directed by Wesley Ellul). The songs will be a mix of old and new, including hits by Ivor Novello, Rodgers and Hammerstein and Stephen Sondheim. Other performers will include theatre veterans Denise Mulholland, Polly March, Paul Portelli and Edward Mercieca as well as young actors Justin Mamo and Bettina Paris, together with pianist Lydia Buttigieg. Tickets at €15 may be purchased from St James Cavalier: 21223200/

October 3
Autokat + The Areola Treat + Airport Impressions
Autokat, whose debut album (Late Night Shopping) got staggering reviews on practically all the important UK music magazines including NME and Uncut will be platying at Sky Club, Paceville alongside The Areola Treat and Airport Impressions. Their latest single, Innocence was BBC's single of the week and only recently Mike Joyce from The Smiths (amongst others) has joined forces with the band. Tickets will be available soon from Muddy Waters, Juuls, Coconut Groove and Anthony D'Amato. More info at

Unplugged Wednesdays
Acoustic music at Townhouse 5, Republic Street, Rabat. Starts at 21:00 and entrance is free. To get to Townhouse 5, drive into Rabatís main street, passing the petrol station, and make a second turning on the right. Reservations: 27500055.


September 6
Erick Prydz
Erick Prydz performing at Gianpula, limits of Rabat. Tickets at €15 are available from all Terranova outlets. For more info call 99472133.

September 5, 6
Qormi Wine Festival
Five exhibitions, ranging from wine, paintings, photo, floral and another of historical and cultural treasures found in Qormi, will be concurrently held during the festival.
The event will also include performances by bands, soloists and ghana performers and competitions. The Qormi Wine Festival is being organised by Kumitat Festi Esterni San Gorg Martri, Qormi in collaboration with Qormi Local Council, the Ministry for Resources and Rural Affairs, the Parliamentary Secretariat for Youth and Sport, and Marsovin. Entrance to all exhibitions and events is free of charge.
For further information, contact the organisers at 7906 2455, 7920 3512 or email address:


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