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Meeting the Odyssey at the Malta International Arts Festival

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Being the first act to set sail in a colourful sea of events, Meeting the Odyssey and the arrival of its home ship Hoppet in our Grand Harbour, inaugurates the Malta International Arts Festival (MIAF) 2015 in symbolic fashion.

While Cospicua will be welcoming Meeting the Odyssey as they launch the Arts Festival with the theatrical act ‘Landing_an odyssey’, on the other side of the port the beating heart and home of the MIAF, Valletta, will be hosting the unique and award-winning Pendulum Choir as they break into song, keeping the crowds entertained to their original yet intriguing choir singing.

This is only the beginning. While Meeting the Odyssey is spread over a number of days, the Pendulum Choir is a one-off event and this reflects the nature of the events that form part of the MIAF, which will be running from the 10th of July to the 3rd of August.

Meeting the Odyssey is a social and artistic collaborative project. Each summer from 2014 to 2016, artists and organizers from different European countries travel together, giving workshops and performing theatrical pieces. The project combines elements of the Odyssey, contemporary themes relevant to Europe and stories collected through exchanges with the local population. However, Meeting the Odyssey is also a journey in itself, symbolically set on a ship that has sailed from the Baltic to the Mediterranean Sea, bringing people together through long term collaboration, and discovering new artistic landscapes and cultural attitudes to develop synergies at the European level.

Meeting the Odyssey evolves into Instants which are performances that combine the international element brought on by the Meeting the Odyssey artists with the local talents of teenagers from Aġenzija Żgħażagħ in a bid to show that the arts are not merely forms of entertainment but can also be a catalyst to bringing about positive change in society and its members through active participation and involvement.

 

On the other hand, Pendulum Choir represents the unconventional and distinctive side of the MIAF. Being an original choral piece of 9 a cappella voices and 18 hydraulic jacks, the choir gives a unique concept performance as they stand on tilting platforms, constituting a living, sonorous body as the bodies of the singers and their voices play with and against gravity.

Meeting the Odyssey along with the Pendulum Choir are just the very first acts in a rich and varied calendar of events. Both performances are free of charge and this goes hand in hand with Arts Council Malta’s commitment to making arts and culture more accessible to everyone.  Nevertheless some events require tickets or reservation like the concert by world-renowned pianist Noriko Ogawa, which is already fully booked. With this in mind, audiences are encouraged to secure tickets for their favorite acts in order to avoid disappointment.

Other highly anticipated collaborations and events that also form part of the MIAF are the MADC production of Romeo and Juliet, The Malta Jazz Festival, the Malta Philharmonic Orchestra and the internationally acclaimed, award-winning phenomenon, Stomp.

 For more information and the latest updates on all the Festival’s events visit www.maltaartsfestival.org. Tickets can be bought from www.ticketline.com.mt, Embassy box office Valletta and Pjazza Teatru Rjal, Valletta.

 

Meeting The Odyssey in Malta is being held in collaboration with Transport Malta and Cospicua Local Council.
The Malta International Arts Festival is organised by Arts Council Malta under the Ministry for Justice, Culture and Local Government, in collaboration with European Capital of Culture 2018  and with the support of the Valletta Local Council, TVM, MSV Life, Grand Hotel, Alfred Mizzi Foundation, Lotteries Gaming and Authority Malta and The Phoenicia Hotel.

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